Manchester United players 'question Nemanja Matic selection'

Manchester United players 'question Nemanja Matic selection'”

With a top four finish likely to be the most realistic target for Mourinho's side it is unsurprising that many commentators, former players and fans feel that it is not a good enough return for a club with stature and history of United.

The week before, they had denied Manchester City the Premier League title with a massive 3-2 win at the Etihad.

The relative downturn in his form was acutely captured as Manchester City secured their third, decisive goal in yesterday's derby win; Matic seemingly left unaware of the City goalscorer Ilkay Gundogan standing behind him.

An Anthony Martial penalty in the second half brought the scores to 2-1 and could have possibly changed the momentum in United's favour.

"We nearly didn't give United any chances bar the penalty", the Portuguese said.

"Hopefully they can make good decisions for both sides and [it will] be a good game, like all of England and parts of Europe are going to watch us and that is an important pleasure".

A tired Jose Mourinho has patiently explained why Manchester City's derby win definitely doesn't mean they are better at football than Manchester United. "We played like: "I don't want to lose the ball" but not the intention to attack or to do something". Sunday, if anything, was about how big the gap between the two teams is at this point. While everyone else in the Premier League has a fatal flaw or is struggling to play their best, City continue to wreck every team they play. "We know it was a derby, and for the fans, and for us, the team and the city it's very important", he added. Last season we lost here (against United), we won.

And it seems Mourinho is already thinking about the transfer window - but not just who to sign. Because they have 12 more points than us in the "table"? "It is the time to analyse what we are doing well and where we have to improve, to make sure we're at our best for the barrage of games that awaits us between now and the end of the year". "We are winning games so we are doing pretty well and have made a better start than last season".

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