Jose Mourinho predicted United's first goal in his notes

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Pep Guardiola's Manchester City are running away with the Premier League title and Nicol has no complaints about the Spaniard being considered top of the pops.

With Manchester United now trailing table-topping Manchester City by 13 points and likely to finish a distant second this term, Jose Mourinho has plenty of work to do to get his side up to the standard of title challengers ahead of next season. The 2-1 victory over arch rivals Liverpool was a Mourinho master class in how to negate the opposition and collect the points.

Mourinho has a long history for producing teams that compete without stress when the stakes are highest and he continually comes up trumps in knockout competitions. It would take an epic collapse and a epic form from the teams behind them to knock United out of the top four.

Rashford boosted his chances of earning another start against Sevilla in the Champions League on Tuesday - the first leg of the last-16 tie finished 0-0 - but he said he was doing most of his learning on the training pitch. It's a team with a big tradition. His methods many not appeal to everyone but it sure brings him results more often than not. Now they have to scrap it out with five other clubs who have realistic chances of silverware. No one will remember which teams Manchester United beat if the bulging cabinet at Old Trafford doesn't see new additions this term. Let us know in the comments section below. A ideal example of this is in the Liverpool game.

Mourinho, who can irritate and amuse in equal measure, has to face sniping criticism that his style flies in the face of club traditions.

However, Mourinho still withdrew the young Englishman rather than Sanchez as he battened down the hatches in the final 20 minutes - a decision that drew boos from the United fans.

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In any case, it is not as if Mourinho's team are boring.

The boss discussed a wide range of topics in his press conference at Old Trafford, including Scott McTominay, Marcus Rashford and the challenge facing the Reds on Tuesday night.

Charlie Nicholas is back with with his European predictions as Manchester United and Chelsea look to progress in the Champions League, while Arsenal have a healthy lead to defend against AC Milan in the Europa League.

Manchester United's stunning win against Liverpool was the flawless example of Mourinho's pragmatism, coupled with his team's effectiveness in front of the goal.

"When I'm talking about a football brain, the very first time the ball's kicked in the air and Lukaku completely outjumps you and you get absolutely nowhere near it, that's when your brain clicks in". Does he play every match from the start?