Manchester United duo set for January exit

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Instead, they need to start looking at the gap between themselves and the Champions League qualification places. "There was contact between us but I don't know if it was enough for a penalty", he said.

It was a brilliantly constructed goal that is likely to go down as one of the greatest in Manchester derby history.

With games against Southampton and Crystal Palace after the global break, the United academy manager believes they present a chance for morale to improve, heading into the busy Christmas schedule.

Irwin said on MUTV's The Paddy Crerand Show: "The manager, like he did with [Victor] Lindelof, he is letting Fred settle and get used to the pace of the Premier League".

"We nearly didn't give United any chances bar the penalty", the Portuguese said. He is going to try to do the best job like we try to as managers and football players.

"Their next challenge is the European Cup because, until you win the Champions League, you can't really be compared to the best teams in Europe". It's important [to be top] and Chelsea dropped points too.

"They looked scared of Man City, and that's not the way it should be".

"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", the France worldwide said.

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"It looks like they understand each other and that's good because both of them have the quality to play with the ball and they have improved a lot without the ball as well", he said.

Despite a clear gulf in class between United and City, it's true that Jose Mourinho's side have enjoyed a successful six weeks since their 3-1 loss to West Ham on September 29.

"Kun [Aguero] scored and then Gundogan and it was flawless", Mendy said.

Mourinho may want to sell Bailly but there's every chance the club may prevent the sale - just like they did with Anthony Martial in the summer.

"We are very happy to beat United at home, and to take the three points".

To nearly every observer at the Etihad Stadium, the game was controlled by City but the Manchester United manager saw things differently.

The importance Jose Mourinho may or may not afford to such concerns is another thing entirely, however.