City's comfortable 3-1 win at the Etihad Stadium reaffirmed the chasm between the teams and moved Pep Guardiola's Premier League leaders 12 points clear of United, who are languishing in eighth with a negative goal difference.
The Manchester City manager answered questions relating to the appointment of Anthony Taylor, from nearby Wythenshawe, for Sunday's derby, which his team won 3-1.
"I think we are not going to be relegated", the United boss said, via Evening Standard. That is the new model for today's successful manager: dedicated to fast, slick attacking football, conciliatory with their players, placing emphasis on a blend of positioning and quick passing up the pitch to get the best out of players. Last season we lost here (against United), but we won.
Mourinho can't blame a sporting director or interfering club president as he might have been able to at his previous clubs - he's privileged to get a free hand at Old Trafford.
"I think we'll see more of Fred, I really do".
City, by contrast, are 32 goals better off, still unbeaten and back on top of the table. "They need to be nearly flawless and wait for the other ones to lose a lot of points".
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"This is good for them and good for the team because when you have two centre-backs playing so well they give confidence to the rest of the team and the guys upfront feel that and they do an fantastic job with the ball". Both are comfortable with the ball at their feet, and both are capable of aggressive, front-foot defending.
"For me to criticise Jose Mourinho, as someone who is maybe going to become the manager in the future, is not right and it's not fair".
Goals from David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Ilkay Gundogan saw City extend their lead over United to 12 points from just 12 games.
That would mean United finishing behind City for a sixth straight season. "There was contact between us but I don't know if it was enough for a penalty", he said.
United substitute Juan Mata said they have to reflect on what went wrong, as what had been an encouraging week, including a Uefa Champions League victory over Juventus, ended on a sour note.
"One thing is a bad performance another thing is a performance with mistakes". That's the way people that don't understand football analyse football, is with stats.