Mourinho Reveals What United Must Do To Beat City

Ilkay Gundogan is substituted off as managers Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho look on.

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Manchester United and Manchester City clash horns at the Etihad on Sunday. The two Mancunian giants have dominated the English space quite a lot in recent years, with the Red Devils being the most successful side in the modern era, while the Sky Blues are striking fears into hearts of opponents in the more recent years.

City have had a long string of big goal victories in the past week while United has been threading the needle with Jose time winners.

Despite that, Jose Mourinho’s side has displayed impressive showings against big names Chelsea and Juventus. However, their cross-city neighbors may be a different nut to crack and the Portuguese gaffer is in agreement.

Speaking in his pre-press conference, Mourinho opines: “We are going to try, I cannot say we are going to be successful in our motivations, in our desire, but we played two difficult matches away against two very good teams, Chelsea and Juventus, and we managed to get good results.

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“Even if the good results were not in our pockets, the performances were there, the positive attitude was there, so we are going to try but you are right, Manchester City are a very powerful team.”

He also had interesting things to say about his side’s tendency to bounce back after conceding goals: “We can go to the other side, why we always concede before opposition.

“In a positive way, it is easy to feel a team that does not give up, always find a way to fight back – sometimes changing results, sometimes not – but we are a team that has that collective spirit to fight back, but is not always possible. “

His overall analysis was quite simple and it will be interesting to see what will await us on the weekend: “If we keep conceding goals before the opportunity there will be a day where we cannot come back, so we have to grow up in our approach, because is clear the team is growing up, but we have to grow up in our compactness and start matches well.”