"I think it's not a bad performance at all, it's a performance with mistakes".
'We deserved the victory, ' he said after the win.
David Silva and Sergio Aguero put the Citizens in a commanding position before Anthony Martial cut the deficit, but it was not enough as Ilkay Gundogan 86th-minute third sealed the points. "We made mistakes and were punished, but the belief and fight we showed until the end is something that we are building and we not going to give that up with one defeat".
It was Kun's ninth Manchester derby goal, and he is fast becoming the most effective striker in this duel, beating Cantona (8) and staying only two behind Rooney (11).More news: Vijay Fans Burn and Smash Freebies After Cuts in ‘Sarkar’
"If United start like they did against Bournemouth, then the game will be over inside 15 minutes".
United head into the global break seven points behind fourth placed Tottenham, with a vastly inferior goal difference as they are the only team in the top half of the Premier League table with a negative goal difference, conceding one more goal than they have scored so far this season. Wednesday was the second straight game the team scored six goals in a match, and Man City has 22 goals in its last five contests as it challenges for silverware on multiple fronts. The Spaniard is often overlooked by Mourinho, but he can hold the ball, find gaps for his attacking teammates and provide the kind of invention that the starting team was so obviously lacking. "City felt it was hard for them until the third goal".
Champions last season with 100 points, City heads into the worldwide break with a two-point lead over Liverpool. "It is not about David de Gea, it is about the way we lost the ball".
The result keeps the Old Trafford club in eighth, while Pep Guardiola's men are 12 points ahead of them and back at the top of the table.More news: Rick Scott wins first election lawsuit
Mourinho blamed a draining week for the defeat. "I think they will".
"Because he didn't play we had to play (Marouane) Fellaini and he wasn't ready to play for 90 minutes".
City themselves will be on a high, having thrashed Shakhtar Donetsk 6-0 in the Champions League, following a 6-1 demolition of Southampton.
"I'm not going to give that as an excuse", said Mourinho, a three-time Premier League victor with Chelsea. "For different reasons we missed Paul but that doesn't mean with Paul we win the game so it's not an excuse".More news: Malibu residents ordered out as California wildfire nears