Mourinho blames his players and ref for derby defeat

  • Mourinho blames his players and ref for derby defeat

Mourinho blames his players and ref for derby defeat

Mourinho admitted his team started poorly, putting it down to mental fragility.

Kelechi Iheanacho scored one and contributed an assist as Manchester City beat Manchester United in Saturday's derby, and his stats highlight just how effective he is in front of goal.

"I've received many goals from Mourinho's teams on the counter-attack because his teams are really good in that part of the game", he said. I trust him completely and I know his future will be absolutely brilliant. I think he has intention, because even though the arm is behind his body, he knows the cross is not going in his face, it's going in his back'.

"Look, honestly, I had two or three players in the first half who, if the game was played now and I know what is going to happen, then I wouldn't play them", Mourinho said after the game.

What Claudio [Bravo] did was one of the best performances I've ever seen.

"So you never know the way players are going to react, especially when you don't know them so well".

"So I don't open my mouth when Liverpool go and beat Arsenal, when City beat Man United here, when Man United beat Chelsea or Tottenham away, nobody opens their mouth with surprise because it's a normal result".

But he also emphasised that with them not making the most of some openings, City had to "suffer" through a second half in which Jose Mourinho's United, invigorated by some half-time substitutions, were considerably improved.

Bravo instigated another risky first-half attack by skimming a long throw between two United midfielders and to the feet of De Bruyne.

It was Premier League football at full throttle with City dictating terms in enemy territory for majority of the first half. The Chile global showcased his excellent footwork and footballing brain throughout City's 2-1 win at Old Trafford, moving outside his area to get involved in play and starting attacks with his passing and long throws.

According to the Mirror, Manchester United's Jesse Lingard is set to sign a new four-year deal at the club despite coming in for criticism following his ineffective display against Manchester City Saturday.