United's character is not in question. However, they failed to carve out another real opening before half-time. "A lot can happen in football, but we are scoring a lot of goals and creating a lot".
After being asked if their poor defensive record shows he should have been handed a new center back in the summer transfer window, Mourinho praised the displays of center back pairing Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof and said he would not hammer Luke Shaw as he has played week in, week out this season. They've started several matches on the back foot this season, needing to trail by a goal or more to kick-start a response.
Pogba, removed as United's second captain at the start of the season, has openly admitted that he would not rule out a move away from Old Trafford, with former side Juventus at the forefront of his thoughts. "The game was open for 80 something minutes, I think nobody left the stadium before their third goal, for sure, because the game was open until then", Mourinho told reporters.
This was how City wants to be viewed on the world stage: A team producing scintillating soccer on the field.
David De Gea could do little about it as City scythed through the United defence.
Jose Mourinho sent on Romelu Lukaku in a bid to try and restore parity, and the Belgian forward made an instant impact by winning a penalty with his first touch after he was brought down by Ederson.
DF Luke Shaw, 6 - Will be disappointed to have let Bernardo Silva steal in at the far post to set up City's opener but did well enough against Riyad Mahrez to ensure he was the first player replaced by Pep Guardiola.
The manager could look at his players' lack of urgency on the ball.
Manchester City, meanwhile, is cruising, most recently taking down Shakhtar Donetsk 6-0 in Champions League play. City's stunning third team goal, however, put the game to bed.
Clearly one thing is to have a fresh Fellaini and another to play him for 90 minutes in this match.
City are largely as expected, with Sergio Aguero restored to the attack and Benjamin Mendy named at left-back.
Anthony Martial stepped up and converted from the spot, giving United hope of completing the comeback.
MF Juan Mata, NR - Replaced fellow Spaniard Herrera but did not see enough of the ball. N/A.