United youth coach Nicky Butt: Manchester City now bigger than Manchester United

Manchester City Outclass Manchester United To Move Top Of Premier League

And yet Mourinho is under intense scrutiny with United now sitting eighth, four points behind fourth placed Arsenal and 12 points behind leaders Manchester City. "We stayed focused. We know it was a derby, and for the fans, and for us, the team and the city it's very important". And, to be honest, we have got a challenge on our hands to get there'.

"At United at the minute, players are low on confidence".

United's manager suggested recent matches at Bournemouth and Juventus had done his players no favours when City had faced Southampton and Shakhtar Donetsk at home.

The absence of the injured Paul Pogba disrupted United too, Mourinho pointed out.

"We ask the players to respect their position and keep their position because the ball will arrive".

"I think it's hard when you have got players that aren't in form", he told Sky Sports.

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

As much as it may sound like it, City didn't just pass United into submission.

Instead of using such a system of measurement, the Portuguese said he prefers to side with his gut feeling on the sideline, saying: "I don't go for stats, I go for what I felt and I watch in the game and the game was there until minute 80-something".

Local derbies are about passion, a chance for one team to make clear that the city is theirs.

The gap is already seven points and Mourinho may need to reinforce his squad in January in order to make up that difference. "He made some movements with the legs, we can avoid it, but he's young and he's going to improve", City's manager said. "Another three points, that's the most important thing, and a good performance from the whole team". "First half not so good", he said.

"It's attractive to watch and I'm sure our fans are so pleased with our performance".

"After we scored after our goal we could have been a bit more aggressive and tried a little bit more but we lost and we're sad about that".

However, to make sure that changes, Jose Mourinho and Manchester United are reportedly still very interested in signing world cup victor Jerome Boateng, especially with Bayern Munich looking to sell their best players.

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