Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has claimed that his side’s rivals Manchester City had an advantage during the weekend’s derby due to their fixture schedule.
The derby was Pep Guardiola side’s fourth consecutive game at home while it was the third game away in a row for the Red Devils.
The Citizens beat Fulham 2-0 at Etihad Stadium in the Carabao Cup before they hit six past Southampton and Shakhtar Donetsk at the same stadium ahead of Sunday’s 3-1 win.
On the other hand, United faced Bournemouth in away Premier League clash before their midweek visit to Juventus in the Champions League.
And Mourinho admits his counterpart Guardiola had an advantage in the build-up to the game.
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Jose Mourinho insisted the 3-1 derby defeat to Manchester City will not change his mind that Manchester United are getting better. United were beaten at the Etihad Stadium to leave Mourinho's team eighth in the Premier League table, 12 points off the top and seven points adrift of the top four. However, the Portuguese coach said afterwards they had not delivered a "bad" performance and insisted United are improving. "We are not going to be affected by this," Mourinho told a news conference. "I am just sorry we don't play the next match soon and have to wait 13 days for that, but we are improving, we are together and go together until the end." Mourinho was forced to leave out Paul Pogba after the Frenchman suffered an injury during the midweek victory over Juventus. Marouane Fellaini was drafted in to take his place and Mourinho believes the result might have been different had the Belgian been available from the bench with the score at 2-1 before Ilkay Gundogan wrapped up the points for the blues.@manchesterunited @tfwsports #united #derby #mourinho #coach #manager #city #pogba #fellani #Belgium #Manchester #EPL #pl #Manchesterderby #derbyday #cityrivals #rivals #france #french #ManUnited #smalling #Rashford #winners #derbywinners
“I am with my players and even with my players that today made mistakes that lead to Manchester City goals. We are together, we are not going to be affected by this. I am just sorry we don’t play the next match soon and have to wait 13 days for that, but we are improving, we are together and go together until the end,” he told reporters at his post-match press conference.
“One thing is they won in the championship. Analyse since the first match of the season, the points, they show one team starts strong and still is and another team didn’t start well and is improving a lot. If you focus on the game today, it was open for 80-something minutes. I don’t think anybody left the stadium.”
“In a week where Manchester City played at home three matches, and we play three matches away, a week where they enjoy 6-0 and 6-1 victories, relaxed, no pressure, no mental effort, everything nice and easy. We played two matches away, difficult ones, where the second one was like a final for us against one of the best teams in Europe, a game that demanded from us everything, we had to give not just physically, but also mentally.”
“So when I analyse the game today what the difference was, you can go for statistics – that’s the way people that don’t understand football analyse football. I go for what I felt and I watch in the game and the game was there until min 80-something. So I consider the performance of my team, a performance with mistakes, is different than a bad performance.”
“One thing is a bad performance another thing is a performance with mistakes. We made mistakes and were punished by these mistakes, but the performance, the mentality, togetherness, fight until the end, was something we are building and we are not going to lose that because of a defeat.”
Pep Guardiola vs Jose Mourinho
Today’s #Manchesterderby is the 22nd meeting between the two in all competitions.
Pep has won 9, lost 5 and drew 7.
Against @ManCity Jose has taken charge of 19 games. He won 9, drew 5 and lost 5.
Who wins today? pic.twitter.com/yTac6q4rjz
— BBC News Africa (@BBCAfrica) November 11, 2018
United will be back into the Premier League action on November 24 against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford while City will be visiting West Ham United at the London Stadium.