Jose Mourinho refused to admit that Manchester United ‘s title hopes were finished, while labelling Manchester City ‘lucky’ in the aftermath of his side’s 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford.
David Silva opened the scoring for City in the 43rd minute before Marcus Rashford brought the sides level in the dying moments of the first-half with a composed finish.
City again went in front in the 54th minute through Nicolas Otamendi, following a poor clearance from Romelu Lukaku, and the Premier League leaders held on for the victory.
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United boss Mourinho was critical of Michael Oliver’s performance in his post-match interview, after the referee booked Ander Herrera for diving towards the end of the derby.
Asked about United’s defeat, Mourinho told Sky Sports: ‘It’s a clear penalty. I’m sorry for us and I’m sorry for Michael [Oliver] – he had a good performance, but it’s a clear penalty.
‘The referee made a mistake which can happen. Last season it was similar when we were winning 2-1.’
Ander Herrera was booked for a dive at Old Trafford (Picture: Getty)
Mourinho suggested City have been ‘lucky’ this term and believes Herrera’s yellow card was another instance of good fortune for Guardiola’s side.
He added: ‘The referee is a human being he tried his best, he’s committed to having a good match which I think he had.
‘He made one mistake which is crucial for result.’
Nicolas Otamendi was furious with Ander Herrera for going to ground
Asked whether the title race is over, the Portuguese replied: ‘I don’t know, but I think they’re a very good team, I think they are lucky, they have had decisions in their favour.
‘Tuesday is another day of the Premier League – I’m pretty sure that everyone is going to fight for points to reduce the gap in the championship.