Manchester United deserve more respect says Jose Mourinho after beating City
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 08, 2018,
Apr 08, 2018, 13:15
Mourinho did not see it that way and was surprisingly magnanimous given the derby outcome and Guardiola's controversial pre-match comments about Pogba.
After the full-time whistle, Pogba exchanged a few words with Guardiola then headed straight to United's traveling contingent.
Paul Pogba, who did not have much influence in the first half dominance by City, scored two goals in the second half to change the complex of the tie.
"If it's true that his agent offered him to some clubs", Mourinho said, "now the price has gone up".
Speaking after the match Mourinho praised his players for coming back from 2-0 down at half-time. It came at a time when we were totally in control.
"And then it was about keeping confidence. When you are good in both boxes, you have a good chance to get results".
"Credit to the boys for believing and keeping the shape".
Southampton are now 18th, three points adrift of the Londoners, however with two games in hand, the Saints could leap out of the danger zone with a win.
"Hopefully City needs to beat Spurs to win the title because our challenge is to finish second".
The stars had aligned to give swashbuckling City what Vincent Kompany called a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity" to seal the league on home turf against their bitter rivals.
For Mourinho, it was a win that showed him what his team could do, especially when they play with a slightly higher tempo, with an attacking mindset.
"We knew ourselves as players it was a poor performance".
City left several regular starters on the bench ahead of Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final second leg against Liverpool. "The point is can we improve enough to catch them next season?" "City have been fantastic here all season, but we stepped up and won the game".
United finished sixth, 24 points behind champions Chelsea, last season and Mourinho wants a similar level of improvement to tilt the balance of power in Manchester back in United's favour. Leading the jubilation, or at least the one who the cameras focus in on the most is Paul Pogba.
They missed a host of first-half chances, had an obvious penalty turned down, were denied by the brilliance of United keeper David de Gea and finally saw the profligate Raheem Sterling hit the post from point-blank range.
Although the England global added to City's attack and created chances, he should have scored at least twice and was guilty of not getting his attempts on target.