"In this moment I have only to think about football, and to think about football is to think about Manchester City as a football team".
"The top teams like United, Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool - these kind of teams you can not imagine and think that for 90 minutes we are going to do unbelievable and they won't have chances".
"It's a very important match for two reasons. because it's the Manchester derby and also because if we win we will put distance between ourselves and them in the table". "I only get angry with my team when they go to sleep every now and then".
Nonetheless, after the final whistle again I Bianconeri, Mourinho walked out on to the pitch while cupping his ear in a provocative manner towards the home fans.
"We were there from the first minute until the last".
"They are a fantastic team with an wonderful record at home".
But the Red Devils, so often under the spotlight this season for the wrong reasons, rallied remarkably and secured a 2-1 comeback win in a Champions League clash that will live long in the memory.
"We have to stop them in their attacks, there is a way to do it and the manager knows that".
However, despite Cristiano Ronaldo's 65th-minute volley, United grabbed a memorable late victory thanks to Juan Mata's free-kick and an own goal from Alex Sandro, with Pogba's presence near the goal contributing to the victor.
Sami Khedira and Paulo Dybala both hit the woodwork before five-time Ballon d'Or victor Ronaldo brought the capacity 41 470 crowd to their feet when he hammered home Bonucci's long pass from just inside United's half.
"We played with that and we scored two goals like this". I hope we arrive on time!
"Against Juventus it happened, we concede the goal in minute 60 we had a good start".
Yet United know they can hurt Guardiola's side, having come from behind to win 3-2 at the Etihad Stadium in April and delay their title party.
"We are a team that always finds a way to fight back. I can not say that we are going to be successful in our motivations and desires", said the Portuguese.