United physically and mentally exhausted, insists Mourinho

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City settled that score and ensured that if they are to be denied in their quest to be the first side in a decade to retain the Premier League, the challenge is likely to come from Liverpool or London rather than across Manchester.

His team are as close to the relegation zone as they are to the top of the table, but José Mourinho tried his hardest last night to put a positive spin on a wretched afternoon for Manchester United supporters.

Jose Mourinho again sought excuses, but even the Portuguese can not cover up the fact that the gap between Manchester's two giants is only getting bigger.

It's important [to be top] and Chelsea dropped points too. "The last 30 minutes we played really well". The win pushes City back into first place after being jumped by Liverpool earlier in the day.

"I consider the performance of my team one of mistakes rather than a bad performance", Mourinho said.

"I think we are not going to be relegated", the United boss said brusquely, before offering an upbeat analysis of a game in which Martial's penalty was their only shot on target and their goal difference went into negative figures.

Anthony Martial's penalty threatened to haul United back into the contest but Ilkay Gundogan third, at the end of the flowing 44-pass move, wrapped up the City victory.

A host of City stars took to social media to express their delight at the Blues' statement win, but Walker's post was soon removed. The first half we played a little bit with fear but football is a game and we didn't want to lose the ball.

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Meghan chose a black Stella McCartney dress, which handily covered her growing baby bump, for the evening's proceedings. Prince Harry won't become a father to a secret child, as said in some statements.

To nearly every observer at the Etihad Stadium, the game was controlled by City but the Manchester United manager saw things differently.

United have at least shown some resilience in recent weeks, coming from behind to beat Newcastle, Bournemouth and most impressively Italian champions Juventus in midweek.

Here is the thing, if Manchester City win the league, which is incredibly likely given how they are playing, then it would take something remarkable for the victor of this award to come from anywhere else.

"We started the game moving the ball very slowly so it was impossible for us to be risky and easy for Everton to defend", he said.

Sports data company Gracenote, which ranks European clubs, has Man City at an all-time high of fourth in Europe after beating United, who are down in 12th.

"We had to play Fellaini, he was not ready to play for 90 minutes". "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.

"In the dressing room at half-time we had spoken about what happened in the derby past year, and we were telling each other not to let that happen again", Mendy told reporters.

The fact is, Mourinho delivered many excuses as to why United didn't turn up for the derby and why they were dominated by Man City.