Early concessions haunt Man United again as Matic, Herrera struggle

Early concessions haunt Man United again as Matic, Herrera struggle

Early concessions haunt Man United again as Matic, Herrera struggle

Pogba would have given United the ability to stretch the game, but without the Frenchman, Mourinho could have given his team more adventure and ambition by selecting Juan Mata.

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.

The England forward took down a attractive pass from Fernandinho in the second half and should have shot with his left foot first time, but he delayed and let Chris Smalling get back goal side. In truth, it was Ederson who handed them the initiative with a poor challenge to give United a penalty kick. United ended this game in eighth position, 12 points behind their cross-city rivals and with a negative goal difference after 12 games.

"Man United have this unbelievable quality so they don't need too much to punish you".

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

If he plays no part, it is likely that United will field a midfield trio of Nemanja Maticć, Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini. "The game was open for 80 something minutes, I think nobody left the stadium before their third goal, for sure, because the game was open until then", Mourinho told reporters.

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Jose Mourinho's men will be on a high after coming back from behind to record a famous 2-1 win away at Juventus in the Champions League on Wednesday. However, they have improved of late, and are unbeaten in five league games. "We made mistakes and were punished, but the belief and fight we showed until the end is something that we are building and we not going to give that up with one defeat".

"For me zero words against my players, everything is positive".

Paul Pogba "has patched up his rapport with Jose Mourinho", according to the Manchester United midfielder's agent Mino Raiola.

'We deserved the victory, ' he said after the win.

"I think it is not a bad performance at all".

Manchester United's Alexis Sanchez has been linked with a route out of the club after an underwhelming start to his United career since moving from Arsenal; the Chilean's frequent scintillating man-of-the-match moments with the North London club simply have not been replicated up North.

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