Jose Mourinho claims Marouane Fellaini broke his game plan vs Man City

Calvin Saunders
November 12, 2018

Paul Merson is confident that Manchester City will ease to a straightforward win against Manchester City in Sunday's derby at The Etihad.

Guardiola insists there's a better atmosphere in Spain for the El Clasico.

After falling behind to a spectacular volley by Cristiano Ronaldo, United came from behind through a free kick by Juan Mata and an own goal by Leonardo Bonucci, giving them an invaluable three points to reclaim second place in Group H. As for United, they are the so-called contenders who are punching well below their weight and their performance at the Etihad Stadium highlighted why they have been so unimpressive this season.

Mourinho may leave it until the wire to make a decision on Pogba, and there have been suggestions that Mourinho has intentionally kept Pogba separate from the rest of the squad in an attempt to confuse Man City. But United have been assembled at great expense by a succession of managers since Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement in 2013, yet they are inhibited, cautious and hard to watch.

"Our opponent was red".

After the game Mourinho was asked if the derby summed up why City are pushing for a second-straight title and United, who finished a distant second behind them last season, are now exclusively focused on trying to finish in the top four. However, he has been a crucial part of his team's recent rediscovery of form, even contributing a goal and an assist in United's recent 2-1 victory over Everton.

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"For me, personally, to score the victor there was the biggest feeling in my career", the 21-year-old told United's official website.

But in contrast with some defeats this season, Mourinho was unwilling to criticise his team's attitude and effort, saying 'for me zero words against my players, everything is positive.

"I consider the performance to be one with mistakes, it's different to a bad performance". There can be games where you win 3-0 or 4-0 and everyone's happy but what have you learnt from the game itself? "It's much better, believe me".

'Because Fellaini is not in conditions to play 90 minutes. After all, no manager will ever say that his team lost because of the tactics or players that he selected.

MF Ander Herrera, 5 - Had his work cut out on the right of United's midfield three trying to stop David Silva.

His absence comes as a major blow for Jose Mourinho's side, who start with Marcus Rashford in attack alongside Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard.

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