Burnley's relatively small squad side have been stretched by having to play six qualifying matches in the Europa League during July and August.
"It's only about Tottenham's finishing that got them the victory, normally that result would never, never happen".
Despite champions City's own Premier League slip-up in a 1-1 draw at Wolves last time out, there is a contrasting air of serenity around Guardiola's camp as they prepare for the visit of Newcastle United on Saturday.
Monday's 3-0 defeat at home to Tottenham left United with just three points from as many games so far this season, but despite the poor results, Mourinho maintains the backing of the United board. "Hegel says the truth is in the whole, the truth is always in the whole". You do what you want, I do what I want.More news: Tropical Storm Florence forms in the eastern Atlantic
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"I think [this], you disagree, you have the right, that's not a problem for me".
Asked if he would still be a great manager if he did not win the title with United - who have won the English top flight 20 times, including 13 Premier Leagues - the Portuguese replied: "Of course". It's unquestionable for me - there's no doubt he's a top manager'.
"Only the players know exactly how you are as a manager because they see you every day there".
Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney believes that Paul Pogba is a fantastic player, but will need to get the best out of himself to help the team.
With the chance to go up against World Cup victor Paul Pogba once again, as well as Brazilian pair Fred and Andreas Pereira, the 29-year-old added: "We've had some great matches already this season in the Europa League". After that goal we had the high press, we were playing it quicker, moving in behind and punishing them when we needed to.