Mourinho tastes defeat in deserved derby day loss
September 10 2016
Jose Mourinho suffered his first defeat as Manchester United boss in hugely disappointing fashion, with a derby day loss. The Citizens maintained their 100% record as they left Old Trafford with a 2-1 win.
To borrow a phrase from boxing, somebody's 0 had to go, as United and City clashed at Old Trafford, having both won their opening three league games of the campaign.
With the Community Shield also in the cabinet, Mourinho had been building quite the start to his United career, but that juggernaut came grinding to a halt in Saturday's early kick-off.
City were worthy winners of an entertaining clash; bossing possession, creating more chances and looking the more dangerous of Manchester's two top-flight hopefuls.
The visitors controlled the opening half and were worthy of a two goal lead, thanks to a neat Kevin de Bruyne strike and a simpler finish from Kelechi Iheanacho.
However, United claimed a timely goal minutes before the interval to lease new life into the contest. Nervous debutant goalkeeper Claudio Bravo spilled; and Zlatan Ibrahimovich rifled home a trademark, technical finish.
City, however, continued to threaten after the break and held on for victory with de Bruyne coming close to grabbing a brace. Pep Guardiola emerges victorious from the first Premier League encounter with his old adversary Mourinho.
How new-look United bounce back from this symbolic defeat will test the character of Mourinho's charges. That challenge begins at Feyenoord in the Europa League, before a league encounter with Watford and a League Cup clash at Northampton Town.
Full Time - Manchester United 1-2 Manchester City
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