Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has given reasons why his side lost by 3-1 to Manchester City in their derby match yesterday which was played at the Etihad Stadium.
The United boss stated that the “two friendlies played by City at the Etihad stadium before their meeting played a major role in helping them get result”.
City played Southampton and Shakhtar Donetsk in the premier league and the champions league respectively at the Etihad stadium before meeting Mourinho’s side lashing both sides 6-1 and 6-0 respectively, and the Portuguese felt it was an advantage.
He also added that his side had also played two consecutive away games against Bournemouth and a tough Juventus before their meeting with City and it would be difficult to face another tough team like Man City after their victory against Juventus.
“The physical fatigue and the mental fatigue leads to mistakes Mourinho told BBC Sport. They were tired physically and mentally. You need to be in football or another high-level sport to know what that is. The concentration of the big matches, they dry you. You are dry inside. To be ready again for another big match is not easy.”
The victory for City means this is the first time in English top-flight history that three clubs have remained unbeaten in their opening 12 games of the season (Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea)
The loss means Jose Mourinho’s side have a negative goal difference for the first time since 1977-1978 season after conceding 21 goals in twelve matches and scoring 20 goals.
The match against City was Mourinho’s 300th premier league game and the Portuguese has won 189 premier league games so far becoming the only manager to achieve such feat.