Jose Mourinho: Manchester United Will Prove We Are 2nd-Best Team in Country

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistApril 7, 2018

Manchester United's Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho (L) shakes hands Manchester City's Spanish manager Pep Guardiola following the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on April 7, 2018.
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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was pleased after his team's 3-2 win over rivals Manchester City in their Premier League derby on Saturday at the Etihad Stadium, telling reporters people got his side all wrong.

Per Indy Football, he thought the result made it clear the Red Devils are better than they often receive credit for:

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Jose Mourinho: "We are not the team that people think we are, we are not as bad as people think we are, I'm not as bad a manager as people think I am, the players are not as bad as people think they are. We are going to prove that we are the second best team in the country." https://t.co/5ffJWizcsD

Marca's Chris Winterburn shared comments he made regarding United's legacy:

Chris Winterburn @cmwinterburn

Mourinho, "Even if Manchester United don't win another title in 50 years, they are still Manchester United."

Mourinho and his team spoiled City's title-celebration plans on Saturday by beating the Sky Blues with an unlikely comeback.

City had taken a two-goal first-half lead, but a quick double from Paul Pogba and a goal from Chris Smalling turned things around after the break. United took the fight right to their rivals and survived a late onslaught, courtesy of some great saves from David De Gea and a controversial non-call that denied the hosts a penalty.

Per Sky Sports Statto, it marked only the second time Mourinho managed to beat a Pep Guardiola-coached team at their home ground:

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Jose Mourinho’s 2nd away win in 9 attempts against a Pep Guardiola side, the 1st since Real Madrid’s 2-1 La Liga win at Barcelona in April 2012 https://t.co/p1PWzsoAfF

City maintain a commanding lead in the Premier League and will win the title, barring one of the greatest meltdowns in sports history. They have a 13-point advantage over United with six matches to play and will face Tottenham Hotspur next Saturday.

But the result is undoubtedly a big boost for United, who sport a four-point cushion over Liverpool in the race for second place and have a match in hand on the Reds. Spurs are tied with Liverpool on points.


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