Man City players are like kids learning Guardiola style - Fernandinho

Man City players are like kids learning Guardiola style - Fernandinho

City still won the league anyway, finishing 19 points clear of United in second, but Mourinho sees reason for optimism as his side look to improve on their current position of seventh.

"My heart says United will win 2-1 because they'll basically stay in the game and score two late goals after City failed to kill them off".

"So if you want to speak about their football potential we can speak, and football potential starts with investment".

Supporters are often clueless as to which United will show up- the one that defeated Juventus in Turin just a few days ago or the one that lost to Derby in the Carabao Cup a few weeks ago. The pressure is on City as they are expected to win.

"I admire him because of his fantastic qualities", Mourinho said.

His second pop singled out Sergio Aguero - who was caught up in an apparent head-butting incident that saw Marouane Fellaini sent off when United played City in April a year ago.

Mourinho and Pep Guardiola are both in their third seasons in Manchester, but the United boss feels he has been forced to work harder to develop the players he inherited.

Herrera made a positive impact of the bench against Bournemouth last weekend and performed well against Juventus in the Champions League, and Mourinho has used him in big games in the past. He has tried painting too "but I'm not very good at it" he said with a laugh.

"It is not about scoring for one season, it is about scoring goals in your career".

"If I need a full-back because I am not happy with Luke Shaw's level, the easiest thing is to buy four".

Indeed, the Citizens appeared to be on course to secure their third Premier League title with a win against Manchester United after goals from Vincent Kompany and Ilkay Gundogan in the first half.

City have only bought three full-backs under Guardiola, but no other Premier League club has spent as much money in that position over the past three years, suggesting that they were the target of Mourinho's comments.

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