Mour­inho de­mands a re­sponse against City

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Jose Mour­inho has chal­lenged his Manch­ester United play­ers to show they are “men” by re­cov­er­ing from the 4-0 hu­mil­i­a­tion at Chelsea with vic­tory over ri­vals Manch­ester City tonight in the EFL Cup. United have a swift op­por­tu­nity for re­demp­tion when City head to Old Traf­ford and Mour­inho ex­pects a re­ac­tion from his play­ers, who are now five points be­hind the top four in sev­enth place. “I would pre­fer to play [next] in the Premier League. It’s a bad feel­ing in the Premier League. With the com­bi­na­tion of re­sults the gap to the top is six points,” said Mour­inho. “We have had a very dif­fi­cult pe­riod of matches but again this is not for kids, this is for men and we have to be men and work for the next one.” It will be the sec­ond time United have faced City this sea­son, with Pep Guardi­ola’s side win­ning 2-1 in a league meet­ing at Old Traf­ford. But this time United could be without in­flu­en­tial de­fender Eric Bailly, who suf­fered what is thought to be a knee lig­a­ment in­jury in the de­feat to Chelsea. United cap­tain Wayne Rooney could also be miss­ing from the derby hav­ing been forced to sit out the de­feat at Stam­ford Bridge due to a calf prob­lem. Mean­while, City will be hop­ing to bring an end to five straight games without a win.

1 Manch­ester United have just one vic­tory in their last six matches, while City haven’t won in five games

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