"It was a scrappy game but we kept a clean sheet and won, so it's a good feeling". When you look at City, almost every player is at that level.
Mourinho can't blame a sporting director or interfering club president as he might have been able to at his previous clubs - he's privileged to get a free hand at Old Trafford.
Nicky Butt believes despite Jose Mourinho's consistent team selections, Manchester United have suffered due to a lack of confidence in the squad.
"For different reasons we missed Paul but that doesn't mean with Paul we win the game so it's not an excuse".
The bookies have priced up a whole host of United-related specials, and the future looks far from bright for the Premier League giants.
City's comfortable 3-1 win at the Etihad Stadium reaffirmed the chasm between the teams and moved Pep Guardiola's Premier League leaders 12 points clear of United, who are languishing in eighth with a negative goal difference.
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Junior Firpo and Joaquin had put Betis two up at the interval before Messi sparked hopes of a comeback from the spot. Vidal replaced the jaded Arthur Melo at half-time and shot within a minute of the restart.
There was contact between us, but I don't know if it was enough for a penalty. The card forced the Seagulls to try to weather the final hour down a man, which they nearly did ... until Sol Bamba scored in the 90th, denying Brighton what could be a vital point come the end of the season. I can imagine when the result was 2-1 to bring on a fresh Fellaini, I think they would be in big, big trouble. "[City] are the champions and the best team in the league but we will try everything to be as good as we can".
"I think it's hard when you have got players that aren't in form", he told Sky Sports.
Despite the defeat to Liverpool, Guardiola's men went on to win the Premier League trophy with three matches left to play.
Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho has hit out at those choosing to use "stats" to analyse Manchester United's performance in their 3-1 defeat at rivals Manchester City on Sunday.
"So, I consider the performance of my team a performance with mistakes".
"The bottom line is, United's recruitment hasn't been as good as City's".
Only one thing is certain: United's fans will be there regardless. "It's Mourinho's Manchester, and Mourinho is the type of manager who has always played this type of football".