Man City assert their superiority as Jose Mourinho holds back Man United

Heather Diaz
November 12, 2018

When I analyze the game today I think the difference was - you can go for stats, that is the way people that don't understand football analyze football, is with stats - but I don't go for stats.

Manchester City, meanwhile, is cruising, most recently taking down Shakhtar Donetsk 6-0 in Champions League play.

Paul Pogba didn't play due to physical discomfort, Romelu Lukaku was only fit enough to start from the bench and Alexis was also a substitute.

"In a game that demanded everything we had to give not just physically, but mentally".

Most teams have been blown away by City this season, but United got back in the game after Lukaku came on to win the penalty for Mourinho's men.

"We made mistakes and were punished for these mistakes, but the performance, the mentality, the togetherness, the fight until the end was something we are building and we are not going to lose that because of a defeat".

And City claimed a third to record the winning margin that their performance deserved when Ilkay Gundogan scored four minutes from full-time.

City's conversion rate was almost as impressive as United's 100% as they had just five shots on target for their three goals but did register 17 in all to United's six.

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GK David De Gea, 6 - The Spanish global conceded from City's first two shots on target and will be unhappy to have been beaten at his near post by Aguero, though but there was a lot of power behind the effort.

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

"The first half was not so good", added Guardiola.

"The first half was not so good, we played like we didn't want to lose the ball i I don't want to lose the ball, but I want to keep it with the intention to do something".

Handed a slightly better angle three minutes after the break, the Argentine made no mistake as he played a one-two with Riyad Mahrez and blasted high past De Gea to move out on his own as the Premier League's top scorer with eight goals. Mourinho's team have kept just one clean sheet in the league this season and David Silva's strike in the 12th minute was the seventh time in 12 games that they have conceded first and the sixth time in nine they have conceded inside the first 20 minutes.

However, it was City who still looked the more likely to score and they sealed all three points in style.

Gundogan finished off a 44-pass move that dragged United all over the pitch before the German worldwide controlled Bernardo Silva's cross to slot home five minutes from time.

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