Jose Mourinho bemoans 'clear' penalty decision against 'lucky' Manchester City

Jose Mourinho

REUTERS Jose Mourinho has branded Man City as'lucky

Goals David Silva and Nicolas Otamendi ensured Pep Guardiola's men increased their lead at the top of the table to 11 points.

Jose Mourinho has warned referee Michael Oliver to be aware of the "tactical fouls" Manchester City will make during their meeting with Manchester United on Sunday and hopes that the officials are prepared for their tactics.

"I'm sorry for Michael Oliver because he had a good performance".

'Then it is up to the referee to analyse and to make a decision, but I can not speak about that.

The Gunners lost 3-1 at home in a damaging defeat against Manchester United last weekend, but followed that up with a morale-boosting 6-0 Europa League win against BATE Borisov on Thursday night. We were winning 2-1 and Mr Clattenburg didn't see the penalty - (Claudio) Bravo on (Wayne) Rooney - and this one also. "Michael was unlucky because it was a clear penalty... that would have been 2-2 with 20 minutes to go".

"The result was made with a big penalty not given [on Ander Herrera]".

Asked whether the title race is over, Mourinho added: "Probably, yes".

Manchester City's Raheem Sterling and team mates celebrate after the match.

"I'm pretty sure everyone is going to fight for points and try and reduce the distance, but the advantage is a very good one".

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"Last season it was the same, we won here and the comments were the referee", the City boss said.

"We did good things, we did bad things". We are an honest team.

"We can play this way in England". We came here to play. "People said we couldn't play the way we did in Barcelona in England but it is possible and we did it". We had 75% ball possession, which means we wanted to play.

But after the final whistle United players and staff were left unhappy at the way the visitors celebrated deeming it "disrespectful". Everyone can play how they want, that's why football is so attractive.

"If he suggested to me something like I go to Old Trafford, I don't remember", Guardiola said.

If Pep Guardiola's side win this match then they will equal the all-time English top-flight league record of 14 consecutive victories; set by Arsenal between February and August 2002.

"It means a lot in terms of the way we played for our confidence, but in three days we go to Swansea".

No away side has scored more Premier League goals at Old Trafford than Manchester City (27 - level with Chelsea) while only Chelsea (6) have won more games there as the visiting side in the competition than City (5).

"In December it is impossible to be champions but that gap is very good for us".

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