Mourinho blames United's Juventus exertions for derby loss

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Former Manchester City captain Richard Dunne has claimed United's defenders are not up to scratch on the eve of Sunday's derby.

Raheem Sterling's two goals against Spain last month took him through a "psychological barrier" that had been affecting his England form, according to Gareth Southgate, who detects a new sense of self-belief in the in-form forward.

"We made mistakes. We were punished but the fight, the togetherness, it is something we are building and are not going to lose that because of a defeat", he said.

Manchester City took care of rival Manchester United on Sunday in Premier League action to remain undefeated in the league as Sergio Aguero scored the victor in the second half.

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.

Posting an image of the club's home jersey on their Twitter account, United drew attention to the presence of a poppy flower for this Remembrance Sunday; "We will remember them". 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. The win pushes City back into first place after being jumped by Liverpool earlier in the day.

Yet, just as City threatened to run riot, their momentum was halted when with his first involvement since coming on as a substitute Romelu Lukaku was upended by Ederson for a United penalty, which Martial slotted in to score for the fifth straight league game.


"You can not lose the ball where we lost it", he added. It was always a faint chance that United would find a way back into the game, however, due to the lack of ambition and creativity in Jose Mourinho's team.

'The best way to defend the result is to keep the ball, ' said Guardiola of the incident.

Martial's reply was United's only shot on target as City showed why they are champions and are on course to finish above the Red Devils for a sixth straight Premier League season since Alex Ferguson retired.

Ilkay Gundogan finished it off, but the move had taken 42 passes to construct, using every area of the pitch.

Expanding on his decision to field Fellaini, Mourinho explained that he had no other option despite him not being fit to play the full 90 minutes.

"The depth of our squad helps a lot because everybody knows they have to be at a level if they want to stay there". As I said to my players, we created too few goal opportunities in relation to how much we played.

The last global break of the year means no game now for fortnight with the champions resuming a week on Saturday away to West Ham United.

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