Manchester United suffered a resounding 3-1 loss to Manchester City at The Etihad to bring to an end their unbeaten run in the Premier League.
David Silva broke the deadlock in the first half before Argentina international Sergio Aguero extended the home side’s lead to put the Citizens in a commanding position.
Manchester United came from 2-0 behind to 3-2 upon their last visit to The Etihad back in April to deny Manchester City the Premier League crown, although the Eastlands side went on to win the title in stye.
The 20-time English champions halved the deficit in the second half thanks to Anthony Martial’s penalty but Ilkay Gundogan restored their two-goal cushion.
Manchester United are in tenth place in the Premier League table and 12 points adrift of Manchester City, while fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur have a seven-point lead over the Red Devils.
Mourinho’s players have a fortnight to digest the derby loss before the Red Devils return to action with a home clash against Crystal Palace on Saturday 24 November.
The Red Devils will make the trip to Southampton a week later as Manchester United look to bounce back from the derby setback.
Speaking to Manchester United’s website following the 3-1 loss to Manchester City, Herrera challenged the Red Devils to secure six points from their next two Premier League games.
“I think, until the first goal, they were better. Then, after, we had some good moments, but I think the second goal killed us
“There are things we will take from this game and things we need to improve, but there is no time to cry. We’re already thinking about Crystal Palace.
“I have already been checking the next few weeks – we have Palace at home and Southampton away, and there are some games between the top six teams. If we want to be in the top four soon, we have to win the next games.
“If we could choose now, we would play in three days for sure, but now there is time to think what we did good and what we did bad, but not too much,” he added.
“Football gives you an opportunity soon. It’s sad that the opportunity will be in two weeks and not two days, but if we want to be in the top four soon, then Palace and Southampton are two key games.”
Manchester United finished in second place in the Premier League table last term but ended up 19 points adrift of title challengers Manchester City.
The Red Devils haven’t won the Premier League title since 2013 when Sir Alex Ferguson was still in charge of the Old Trafford outfit.
Mourinho is the third manager to follow in Ferguson’s footsteps after disappointing spells under David Moyes and Louis van Gaal.
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