Jose Mourinho facing sack if club fail to qualify for Champions League

Hope Soto
November 13, 2018

After a disappointing derby day defeat, reports emerging from within Manchester United suggest that a scapegoat for the the club's on-field issues has been identified - midfielder Nemanja Matic taking the brunt of the blame from his fellow teammates.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho responded to his side's 3-1 derby defeat to Premier League leaders Manchester City on Sunday by saying his team had paid the price for their midweek Champions League exertions in beating Juventus.

How can we speak about the title?

"It won't be easy".

"They have numbers to be champions, not just Man City", City manager Pep Guardiola said of Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham - and Arsenal. "The game was open for 80 something minutes, I think nobody left the stadium before their third goal, for sure, because the game was open until then", Mourinho told reporters.

City, on the other hand, have won 10 of their 12 league fixtures this season to top the pile.

Asked why his team had been fearful, Guardiola replied: "We wanted to play good in front of our fans and we know how important it is to play in this game".

Spurs can be backed at [48.0] to win the Premier League, while they are now strong favourites to record a Top 4 Finish at [1.63], ahead of Arsenal at [2.6] and Manchester United at [4.2].

"One of the things that broke our plan a lot was the fact Fellaini had to start the game, because Fellaini is not in conditions to play 90 minutes".

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Silva, who provided the final cross from which Gundogan scored, was proud of the way City responded after Martial gave United hope of a comeback.

"So, I consider the performance of my team a performance with mistakes".

But at the same stage last term they led the table by eight points and yet they are now just two clear of second-placed Liverpool.

"In the dressing room at half time, we had spoken about what happened in the derby previous year, and we were telling each other not to let that happen again", the France global said. "For different reasons we missed Paul but that doesn't mean with Paul we win the game so it's not an excuse".

Despite Chelsea failing to score in a match at Stamford Bridge for the first time this season, the draw with Chelsea was still a landmark for Mauricio Sarri.

"So no problem. He is going to try to do the best job, like we try as managers and football players. We tried and it felt like we could've hurt them more".

Juergen Klopp's side made hard work of it for 40 minutes, however, and could easily have fallen behind.

Reid believes City have developed into a more pragmatic outfit which makes them a more unsafe proposition.

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