Pogba missing the game
Manchester United were rightly defeated by Manchester City as they faced each other in the Premier League.
Jose Mourinho noted that Paul Pogba’s absence was a huge factor in that.
United were without their star midfielder, who was watching from the stands.
Mourinho is of course known for his excuses, and got one in straight away.
BBC Sport report he said: “It is not for me after defeat to speak about a player who is not here.
“Of course we missed him.
“It did affect our plan because Marouane Fellaini had to start. He is not in a condition to play 90 minutes. His effort was magnificent. But he is not in a position to play all 90 minutes.”
A huge difference in points
The other thing Mourinho noted was the fact United are going through a hard time fixture wise.
He also noted that they need to stop conceding goals.
That, more than anything else is impacting their hopes of being in the top four come the end of the season.
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Mourinho has repeatedly spoken about needing a defender, and refused to blame his team for the loss.
He added: “There is 12 points [difference between the sides]. Our team is improving a lot. Even defensively, despite conceding three goals, it was a positive performance – it is individual mistakes.
“We concede too many goals that are of the responsibility outside of the back four. We knew there is a difference of potential. We knew our second position last season was a good achievement and this season we must fight for the top four.
“We have difficult fixtures. It is almost impossible for us to win three matches in a row [Juventus, City and Chelsea]. It was not a negative performance at all. City felt it was difficult for them until the third goal.”