LONDON • Jose Mourinho entered deep into his excuse book after Manchester United surpassed the weekly derby and dropped 12 points behind the Premier League Premier League Manchester City.
Almost every observer at Etihad Stadium, the game was controlled by Citi, but the United manager saw things differently.
Although his only side hit the target, penalty was Anthony Martial, who was reacted to goals by David Silva and Sergio Aguero, denied that the result of 3: 1 reflected the superiority of the city.
"If the third goal is scored in one of the moments in which they dominated, I would probably say that, but it comes at the moment we were in the fight to get a equalizer," the Portuguese insisted.
He was abstained that United did not give a "negative impact" and that the game was "open in 80 minutes".
He also said that previous games in Bournemouth and Juventus made their players without favorites, unlike Citia, who had relatively easy matches with home matches against Southampton and Shakhtar.
"We played two matches, hard where the other one was like finals against one of the best teams in Europe, where everything is given everything physically and mentally," added Mourinho, who also said that the absence of the injured Paul Pogba injured his chance pages.
"For various reasons, we missed Paul … we had to play (Marouane) Fellaini and was not ready for the game for 90 minutes. I can imagine when the result was 2-1 to bring fresh Fellaini, they would be in a big, big trouble. "
Still, he felt like Mourinho, whose side side only had 34 percent of the estate and five bullets in Citi 16, was clinging to straws. It was a kind of performance that became a matter of routine, and if it was anything, United was fairly easy to avoid after Citi rose the pace of the remaining four minutes to make a 44-pass move that ended with Ilkai Gundogan, who scored third.
With slightly less than a third of the lost season and an average of three goals in a game, the City threatens to blur the league records – 106 goals, 32 wins, 100 points – set last season, although Pep Guardiola, a perfectionist, was not entirely satisfied.
"The first half, not so good," said the city manager. "We played like" I do not want to lose the ball, "but not with the intent of attack.
"Despite this, we were stable, the first 15 minutes were so good, and after that, we did not press that pressure so they could play more than usual, but in the second half, we start much, much better."
The Spaniard also touched the shovboat of City attacker Raheem Sterling in seconds of dying.
His rebounds caused the angry reaction of the united midfielder Juan Mato, and Guardiola opposed the English international in the final whistle for his behavior.
"He made some movements with his legs, we can avoid it, but he is young and improving," the manager said.
GUARDIAN, TIME, LONDON