Jose Mourinho insists Manchester United should have been awarded two penalties in their 2-1 defeat by Manchester City yesterday.
Stoke boss Mark Hughes, who gave on-loan Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony his debut, was also sent to the stands in the first half.
“But overall, it is a big compliment for the performance, because I know how hard it is to come here and play as we did, especially in the first half”.
Despite their efforts neither side were able to find the energy to conjure another game-changing moment, giving Guardiola the bragging rights over Mourinho following their first taste of the Manchester derby.
That the architects of the loss were Pep Guardiola and Kevin De Bruyne might have been even tougher for the Manchester United manager to digest.
After three years of bitterness and spats in their years in Spanish football with Real Madrid and Barcelona, Mourinho and Guardiola have established a cordial relationship now they are together in the same city in England. “What I did see is Kolarov is missing one tooth – that is sure”. “He wants to win, I want to win”. In the future I am going to beat him and he will beat me. “It’s as simple as that”.
Callum Wilson grabbed the victor with 11 minutes left, after Arsenal loanee Wilshere had come off the bench, to secure three points for the hosts.
But he saved his most trenchant remarks for centre-backs Daley Blind and, in particular, Eric Bailly, saying some players had shown signs they did not possess the requisite big-game temperament.
It doesn’t look like Leicester will deliver another fairytale title success this season.
Crystal Palace got their first win of the season as they beat Middlesbrough 2-1, while Bournemouth beat West Bromwich Albion 1-0 and Burnley and Hull City drew 1-1.
Next up for Leicester: A break from league play and its first ever match in the Champions League, against Club Brugge on Wednesday.
The chances were flowing as United pushed for a leveller and left gaps at the back, with Rooney thwarted and Ibrahimovic unable to get a shot on target before Stones hacked clear late on. Tottenham had it easy. “It’s two penalties against us”.
United pressed for an equaliser that never arrived during the second half, with Bravo’s erratic showing giving them continued cause for encouragement, but Mourinho was left to reflect on three Premier League points lost before the interval.