Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho makes title race claim after Bournemouth win

Asmir Begovic  Goalkeeper

Manchester United will be desperate to get back to winning ways following their derby disappointment when they take on Bournemouth at Old Trafford this evening.

City extended their advantage at the top of the Premier League to 11 points with a 2-1 victory thanks to goals from Nicolas Otamendi and David Silva.

United boss Mourinho said of his players: "I think (they had a) very good attitude, very good determination to win".

Mourinho, who has had to contend with a number of defensive issues already this season, did not seem positive about the former Villarreal star's rate of recovery when quizzed after United's win over Bournemouth on Wednesday (13 December) and admitted that surgery is a likely solution if the injury continues to be unresponsive to the treatment that is now being administered.

"Overall, I think the performance was based on a big effort and big personality and the three points were very important".

Angelo Ogbonna  Centre back

Mourinho said: "They came into the game strong, fresher than us, one more day to rest. To have Micki means that I don't have one of them and, in this moment, I believe the other ones they deserve [the chance to play]".

"They were hard opponents and hard conditions".

Eric Bailly and Michael Carrick remain on the sidelines with a groin injury but Marouane Fellaini could be back in the squad after recovering from a knee problem. "We are trying a conservative treatment, but if that's not working he'll probably have surgery". "But let's wait a little bit more".

When asked if there was a hangover after losing to Pep Guardiola's men, Mourinho said: "Fatigue, yes, but hangover - no".

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