City tops United for comfortable derby win
- Author: Michelle Webb Nov 12, 2018,
Nov 12, 2018, 1:15
David Silva broke the deadlock in only the 12th minute of the clash, beating David De Gea from close-range, before Sergio Aguero doubled City's advantage just after half-time with a thunderous strike.
Lukaku forced a penalty not long after coming on and Martial scored for the fifth consecutive matchday.
This season, City have continued where they left off, regaining their position at the top of the tree, while United have endured a woeful start to the season.
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 being asked if their poor defensive record shows he should have been handed a new center back in the summer transfer window, Mourinho praised the displays of center back pairing Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof and said he would not hammer Luke Shaw as he has played week in, week out this season.
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"There was no need to create more tension than there already was, sometimes you get insulted and it's bad, but to create more tension than there already is..."
But Ilkay Gundogan put the result beyond doubt four minutes from time with a third goal that crowned a sublime 44-pass move.
Champions last season with 100 points, City heads into the global break with a two-point lead over Liverpool.
Even Watford and Bournemouth now sit above United, with Tottenham seven points in front in the fourth and final Champions League spot. "Nothing would really surprise me in this game as it could swing so much either way - I wouldn't be surprised it City won 3-0 but it wouldn't surprise me if United won 2-1 or 3-2 either", Neville said on his weekly podcast.
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 some of the boys, they felt it a little bit".
"It's another thing to beat Shakhtar Donetsk at home and enjoy the game and be relaxed". We arrived in different circumstances, ' said the Portuguese coach.