EPL: Manchester City just got lucky, says Jose Mourinho after Manchester United loss

Updated: 12 December, 2017 10:20 IST | Agencies | Manchester

Man United boss Mourinho insists Guardiola's side were fortunate to emerge 2-1 winners in Manchester derby; accepts defeat in EPL title battle

Jose Mourinho admitted the Premier League title race is all but over after Manchester City delivered a hammer blow to Manchester United's challenge with a 2-1 win on Sunday. City moved 11 points clear of second-placed United as Nicolas Otamendi's second-half strike gave the visitors a record-equalling 14th successive Premier League victory. United boss Mourinho felt Pep Guardiola's side rode their luck, with Ander Herrera booked for diving after a tackle by Otamendi that the hosts claimed was a penalty.

Jubilant Man City players celebrate their win over Man United in an EPL clash on Sunday. pic/afp
Jubilant Man City players celebrate their win over Man United in an EPL clash on Sunday. Pic/AFP

"Manchester City are a very good team and they are protected by luck, and the gods of football are behind them. They are lucky, they have decisions in their favour. When you see Manchester City play you expect them to score great goals, not to score two disgraceful goals. They are the last goals you expect to concede against a quality team like City, two very bad goals - one corner, one free-kick with rebounds, lucky or unlucky depending on your perspective. Asked if the race was over, Mourinho said: "Probably, yes. I'm pretty sure everyone is going to fight for points and try and reduce the distance, but the advantage City have is a very good one."

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14 No. of ties Man City have won to equal EPL's record-winning run

FA demands answers after Mourinho clashes with City players

The Football Association has given Manchester United and Manchester City until tomorrow to reply to a request for observations following reports of ugly scenes after City's 2-1 win at Old Trafford.


United boss Jose Mourinho and City goalkeeper Ederson are reported to have had a confrontation after the game, while it is claimed Mourinho had milk and water thrown at him from the away dressing room. The home side is understood to have taken exception to City's post-match celebrations and an altercation - involving up to 20 players and staff in the crowded corridor leading to the dressing rooms - is believed to have left City coach Mikel Arteta with a head wound. Referee Michael Oliver did not witness the scenes, so the FA has not received a report on the matter from him.

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First Published: 12 December, 2017 10:02 IST

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