City rolls past United — Manchester Is Blue

In truth, it was Ederson who handed them the initiative with a poor challenge to give United a penalty kick.

Gary Neville has said that no result in Sundays Manchester derby would be a surprise, saying that both sides have the ability to win.

The distance between the two teams is already 12 points, an insurmountable obstacle for the Red Devils, and we are only in mid-November. United ended this game in eighth position, 12 points behind their cross-city rivals and with a negative goal difference after 12 games.

The best of the rest are doing all they can to keep up, but City are still ahead of the pack.

Mourinho added that "this game was open for 80-something minutes, nobody left the stadium until the third goal" and his attempts to find mitigation for the loss are understandable.

After the game Mourinho was asked if the derby summed up why City are pushing for a second-straight title and United, who finished a distant second behind them last season, are now exclusively focused on trying to finish in the top four. They had 6-0 wins, no pressure, relaxed.

'That's an important thing for us'.

"In terms of watching them at this moment in time, [there is an] absolute gulf between the two teams in terms of performance levels".

N'Golo Kante gets many plaudits as being the best defensive midfielder in the Premier League, but Fernandinho is equally impressive, and he has been doing it consistently for City since arriving more than five years ago.

"We can not lose the ball the way we did".

That excuse about suffering from fatigue surfaced again and although United's four-game PL unbeaten run is over, Mourinho is adamant they're moving in the right direction.

'The way the fans were supporting us, even at 2-0 down, they stayed with us and backed us throughout the game and that spurred us on'. "I am with my players", Mourinho said.

It was put to Mourinho that United's title hopes were over because of being equidistant to the top of the table and the bottom three, but he brushed it off.

'Imagine this game with Fellaini coming on at 2-1 fresh with 25 minutes to go.

  • Jacqueline Ellis