Paul Merson states his prediction for Man City v Man United

Nov 12, 2018, 01:13
Paul Merson states his prediction for Man City v Man United

"I consider the performance of my team one of mistakes rather than a bad performance", Mourinho said.

City's opener came in the 13th minute when Raheem Sterling crossed to Bernardo Silva, who cut the ball back for David Silva to sweep into the net.

David Silva gave the hosts the lead 12 minutes with Sergio Aguero doubling the lead soon after play restarted for the second half. "Even defensively, despite conceding three goals, it was a positive performance - it is individual mistakes".

Anthony Martial stepped up and converted from the spot, giving United hope of completing the comeback. Manchester United finds itself nine points behind Manchester City amid an overall shaky start to the season. Wednesday was the second straight game the team scored six goals in a match, and Man City has 22 goals in its last five contests as it challenges for silverware on multiple fronts. While United had a tough midweek trip to Juventus - coming from behind to win 2-1 - City had the luxury of facing a weak Shakhtar Donetsk and easing to a 6-0 win.

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Both sides were without talismanic figures with City missing Kevin De Bruyne and United deprived of Paul Pogba and Mourinho lamented the absence of his star midfielder.

However, Paul Pogba scored twice in the second half to level the derby clash before Chris Smalling netted a dramatic victor to make Manchester City wait to get their hands on the trophy.

Once again United could not carry out Mourinho's defensive plan as he set his team up in a 4-5-1 formation and had three scrappers in midfield (Matic, Herrera and Fellaini) and the pace of Marcus Rashford to unleash on the break. "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".

Several Juventus players then went up to confront Mourinho about his actions, including Dybala, but the Argentine has since revealed the words exchanged were not heated. "I think they will".

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"I think the coach definitely finds it hard to put all of us in because we're playing really well and there's a really good level in attack".

"Because he didn't play we had to play (Marouane) Fellaini and he wasn't ready to play for 90 minutes".

"City will be nervous despite United being the bigger club".

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