'Anyone who had a bit of common sense knew it was going to be a very hard game on Sunday and that we had our work cut out, and that every single player had to be at the top of their game to get a result off that team. "[City] are the champions and the best team in the league but we will try everything to be as good as we can". I'm happy with this derby.
"When he came to Manchester, you had to accept that he is going to play this kind of football". They were inconsequential, but Guardiola still took issue with his player's antics, and didn't bother waiting until they got to the changing rooms to let him know. "He made some movements with the legs, we can avoid it, but he's young and he's going to improve", City's manager said.
Sergio Aguero added a second goal three minutes into the second half, and after Anthony Martial gave United hope of mounting another memorable comeback with a goal from the penalty spot, substitute Ilkay Gundogan clinched victory for City.
In the final seconds of the game, Sterling interchanged a series of quick, short passes with Leroy Sané and Phil Foden as United's defenders hopelessly chased shadows. I tried to hit the ball, it happens.
The 29-year-old has scored just one goal all season and hasn't performed well since joining from the Gunners. "It's different for a goalkeeper".
"In the dressing room at half-time we had spoken about what happened in the derby past year, and we were telling each other not to let that happen again", Mendy told reporters. So Kun [Aguero] scored and then Gundogan and it was ideal.
"But if after he's a fan of United or City, everybody can be a fan wherever he wants, so no problem".
Sports data company Gracenote, which ranks European clubs, has Man City at an all-time high of fourth in Europe after beating United, who are down in 12th. "They need to be nearly ideal and wait for the other ones to lose a lot of points".
"If we want to make this a real empirical test then the game should have really been played under proper test conditions", Mourinho barked. "Now we need to stay focused".