Man United boss Mourinho speaks about Manchester City’s huge lead

Mind the gap

Jose Mourinho has played how the gap between his Manchester United side and neighbours Manchester City is, claiming that for now, his side need to only think about themselves.

Mourinho noted that the amount of games over the next week or so is key and could well change the complexion of the table – and that United need to win their games before they start thinking about any of the other sides, including Manchester City.

The Express carry the following quotes: “We cannot think about the gap to City – we just have to focus on ourselves and in matches. It’s probably the first time this season we have three Premier League matches in one week, with a couple of days in between matches, but, you know, I think every team is prepared for that even when I look to teams with other ambitions I see fantastic squads.

“So I think all the teams are going to cope with the week and for us it is a very important week with Brighton, Watford and Arsenal.

“But let’s focus on Brighton first. They are ninth in the table, a good team, difficult to beat, they don’t concede many goals, they have a mix of physicality, aggression, quality and creativity and I think Chris Hughton is doing a great job. We must focus on this one. I know we have a good record at home and are strong at home but the opponent is going to be difficult for us.”

Injuries

One thing United have been unlucky with this season has been injuries, with Paul Pogba’s absence having a huge effect on the team – but the defensive partnership of Eric Bailly and Phil Jones – that was so solid at the start of the season – has also been broken up through injury this season, and that has also had an affect on the side and their form – especially at the back, and Mourinho will be as pleased to see Rojo back in the side as anyone.