Jose Mourinho explains strong team selection against Manchester City

by Sam Peoples

Jose Mourinho has admitted he put out a strong Manchester United team to face Man City after the calamity at Stamford Bridge at the weekend.

Man United’s 4-0 humiliation undid the good work of a point away at Anfield but we put that result to bed with an assured and comfortable win over City tonight at old Trafford.

It was a stronger team than most fans expected but Mourinho didn’t want to mess about after Chelsea.

When asked if put out a stronger team due to Chelsea, Mourinho said: “Yes. We were on a good run of results but it was a big defeat – numbers that the history of this club doesn’t deserve and when I’m in a club my heart belongs to the fans and I felt deeply for them.”

To me, it wasn’t much of a surprise at all to see Mourinho putting out a strong team. When he was at Chelsea, I always saw him do that and he hasn’t changed so far at United. That being said, it would have been nice to see somebody like Timothy Fosu-Mensah involved.

After Chelsea, we really needed that win over City. Losing wasn’t an option and against a second string City team we were always in control even if we played poorly in the first half.

Next up we have Burnley on Saturday. We’ve got to make sure we win there too and start putting together a string of results to get back into contention in the league.

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