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Mourinho blames United's Juventus exertions for derby loss

Mourinho blames United's Juventus exertions for derby loss

Despite United's good form in recent weeks, Pep Guardiola's side went into the game as heavy favourites and took the lead through David Silva in the 12th minute.

Jose Mourinho's team is left in eighth spot, 12 points adrift of its "noisy neighbor" that is on course to finish higher in the league for the sixth straight season since the legendary Alex Ferguson retired from the Old Trafford helm.

It was Kun's ninth Manchester derby goal, and he is fast becoming the most effective striker in this duel, beating Cantona (8) and staying only two behind Rooney (11). "We made mistakes and were punished, but the belief and fight we showed until the end is something that we are building and we not going to give that up with one defeat".

After falling behind to a spectacular volley by Cristiano Ronaldo, United came from behind through a free kick by Juan Mata and an own goal by Leonardo Bonucci, giving them an invaluable three points to reclaim second place in Group H.

"The game", he said, "was open in a week when they play three home games and have 6-1, 6-0 victories, relaxed, everything nice and easy and we play two matches away, hard where the second was like a final against one of the best teams in Europe where we give everything physically, mentally". United's manager tried to make his team hard to break down but was always up against it after conceding so early.

Lukaku was introduced in the 57th minute, while Sanchez replaced Ander Herrera in the 73rd minute...




"I think it is not a bad performance at all".

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.

But Ilkay Gundogan put the result beyond doubt four minutes from time with a third goal that crowned a sublime 44-pass move. Aguero took his goal beautifully, playing a one-two with Mahrez before smashing the ball past David de Gea into the roof of the net. "I think they will".

"I like a lot the way [Sterling] played", said Guardiola, who appeared to voice his displeasure with his player on the pitch at full-time.

However, Manchester City have been in brilliant form in all competitions and the Citizens were 6-0 winners against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League on Wednesday night. "For different reasons we missed Paul but that doesn't mean with Paul we win the game so it's not an excuse".

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