Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has admitted he would trade the Manchester derby win for the Premier League title if he could.
It’s certainly a trade most fans would be happy to cash in on but since it can’t be done, they’ll certain enjoy the crucial victory over Manchester City.
United found themselves trailing 2-0 at half time but managed to secure a remarkable comeback win in the second half through Paul Pogba and Chris Smalling.
The result won Mourinho the match of the week award but he admitted in an interview following the award that the Premier League title is obviously more important.
The Red Devils can still mathematically win the title but will certainly need a shocking end to the season from City for that to happen.
According to Sky Sports, Jose said: “Did the performance give me special pleasure because it was against our city rivals when they were ready to celebrate their title? [Yes] I cannot deny that.
“I would prefer to lose this match and win the title, honestly. But we are working really hard to try and finish second. Three points in a difficult match gives up better conditions between now and the end of the season to finish second, which is the position we want.
“The boys deserve the award, the performance was amazing, especially in the second half when we were losing 2-0 against the future champions, a team that didn’t lose any Premier League match at their stadium.
“Our fans in the stadium, the way they supported the team, especially in the first half when the team was losing, this award is for the amazing fans and the boys.”
Jose Mourinho may not realistically lead his side to the title this season but he’s definitely setting them up well for a win next campaign.
Manchester United could end the season in second and potentially win the FA Cup with the Portuguese manager certainly expected to revamp his squad once more in the summer.
Mourinho has mainly kept his focus on his attack and midfield but he will have to overhaul his defence if he hopes to win the title next season.
There’s definitely a case to be made that United’s midfield and attack need to be released a little more and some of that comes from better defenders.
The lack of quality in the backline often means the midfield has to protect them more than they should and so the attack suffers.