Manchester City outclassed Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, becoming the first side in the Manchester derby to win a Premier League home fixture since 2015.
City were too good for United all over the park, but an Anthony Martial penalty did give the Red Devils a chance to repeat their comeback from last season. It was not to be however, as City are less prone to sudden defensive collapses now and came out 3-1 winners.
Jose Mourinho, always one to make excuses when things don’t go his way, insinuated that City’s scheduling had helped them to victory today.
“It was a week where Manchester City played at home three matches, and we play three matches away,” said Mourinho after the game.
“A week where they enjoy 6-0, 6-1 victories, relaxed, no pressure, no mental effort, everything nice and easy, and we played two matches away, difficult ones, where the second one [against Juventus] was like a final for us against one of the best teams in Europe, a game that demanded from us everything we had to give, not just physically but also mentally.
“So when I analyse the game today the difference was you can go for statistics – that’s the way people that don’t understand football analyse football, with stats – but I go for what I felt and I watched in the game and the game was there until minute 80 something.”
City’s win sent them two points clear again at the top of the Premier League heading into November’s international break, after Liverpool beat Fulham earlier to temporarily take top spot.
And the gap between Manchester City and Manchester United is a whopping 12 points after just 12 weeks of matches. Unless of a miraculous turnaround, the Reds will finish below the Blues like they have every season since Sir Alex Ferguson called it a day.