Pain of los­ing to Jose

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Manchester City V Manchester United - BY SI­MON MUL­LOCK

FER­NAND­INHO in­sists that Manch­ester City did not pay the price for tak­ing United for granted last sea­son.

City had the chance to win the ti­tle against the Reds at the Eti­had – and led 2-0 at half-time, only for Jose Mour­inho’s (left) United to score three sec­ond-half goals to win 3-2. Pep Guardi­ola’s stars had walked on to the pitch with their chil­dren be­fore the game, in a mood of cel­e­bra­tion.

But Fer­nand­inho said: “We didn’t treat it like a party. In pre­vi­ous games, we took our kids on the pitch, so we didn’t do any­thing dif­fer­ent.

“What hap­pened is that we scored two goals and we missed a lot of chances to score more. United came back well to win – that can hap­pen in foot­ball against good teams.

“We lacked con­cen­tra­tion at set-pieces and we didn’t cover in the best way pos­si­ble.

“Pep was an­gry, but we all were an­gry. Very an­gry.”

He added: “We were only beaten twice in the Pre­mier League last sea­son – and it hurt that we lost to United.”

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