Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

United Showed 'Fantastic Character' in Derby Defeat

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

United Showed 'Fantastic Character' in Derby Defeat

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JOSE Mourinho has opened up on his full-time team talk to the United players after they lost to City.

The Blues inflicted a 3-1 defeat on United, who have now lost four Premier League matches this term and trail the Premier League leaders by 12 points.

Mourinho recently said he expected United, who are seventh on 20 points, would be in a more flattering position in the league table at the end of December and was upbeat, despite the latest loss.

"There was a fantastic character from the team and a great effort by everybody," Mourinho said.

"Fellaini shouldn't play for 90 minutes because it was too much for him.

"He should be on the bench and come on later in the game. But he had to play because of Paul (Pogba's) absence. …

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