Mourinho takes blame for Man United’s derby defeat

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has taken the blame for his side’s derby defeat to Manchester City at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Kelechi Iheanacho were enough to give Pep Guardiola’s men an invaluable three points, even though Zlatan Ibrahimovic pulled a goal back for the hosts.

City outplayed their cross-town rivals for large periods of the game and a host of United players looked out of their depth and overawed by the occasions.

Mourinho opted to surprisingly start Jesse Lingard and Henrikh Mkhitaryan instead of Juan Mata and Anthony Martial – with the ploy backfiring on the Red Devils.

The pair were removed at half-time and the hosts looked much more dangerous with the introduction of Ander Herrera and Marcus Rashford in their place.

Given his side’s poor first-half performance in particular, the Portuguese trainer has harboured the blame for the defeat after his team selections.

“Look, honestly, I had two or three players in the first half who, if the game was played now and I know what is going to happen, then I wouldn’t play them,” Mourinho told the club’s official website.

“But this is football and sometimes players, they disappoint managers, and sometimes players, they give us great surprises.

“I thought because of the characteristics of the game we could hurt them playing with some individuals with some qualities, they didn’t give what I want. Is it their fault? Is it my fault?

“It’s my fault because I’m the manager and it’s always my fault because it’s always my choice.”