Jose Mourinho: Man United players beat Man City with their belief as he hailed the team spirit


Jose Mourinho has hailed his team’s second half performance in the Manchester derby to stop Manchester City lifting the Premier League title on Saturday evening. Manchester United started the game well at the Etihad Stadium before a defensive mistake allowed Vincent Kompany to open the scoring. City quickly doubled their leg through Ilkay Gundogan but Man United came out for the second half in fantastic fashion with Paul Pogba netting twice and Chris Smalling netting a winner before holding on. Mourinho revealed his anger at how City took the lead after a reasonable start to the game from his side. “I was really sad with their first goal, it was a corner, the third corner they’ve scored against us this season,” Mourinho said. “It came at a time when we were totally in control.” United conceded from corners in December’s 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford, denying them many other chances. Saturday evening appeared to be a similar scenario and would have seriously frustrated Mourinho. “It was important for the players to stay confident,” Mourinho continued. “We had more ball than normally teams get against City. We needed to press a little bit higher and wait for a goal. “Credit to the boys for believing and keeping the shape. “It’s a very important result for us because we need six points to finish in the top four and that’s the compulsory objective. I’m confident these three points are fundamental to that.” Mourinho came out fighting, too, having been set for great criticism had City lifted the title in dominant fashion. “We’re not the team people think we are,” Mourinho asserted. “We’re not as bad as people think. I’m not a bad manager as people think I am. We beat Liverpool, Chelsea. Manchester City.”

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