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"When we win we are good, when we don't we are not good, it's simple like that".

Mourinho and Guardiola had an acrimonious relationship when they were rival managers at Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively, but the City boss defended his rival after his tough start.

Man United tasted their first defeat of the season at Brighton & Hove Albion before being hammered by Mauricio Pochettino's Spurs.

His comments infuriated club legend Paul Scholes, who insisted that there could be "no defence" for such remarks, with manager Mourinho also taking time to insist that questions about Pogba's remarks should be asked to the player himself.

Although Mourinho was unhappy at the lack of signings this summer, his inability to get the best out of the players already at the club has caused concern among the United hierarchy.

"When you lose 3-0 at home, a team like Manchester United, if you didn't watch the game, you would think it has been a disaster, but it hasn't been at all", the midfielder told Sky Sports.

Mourinho demanded respect from the media after Monday's 3-0 home defeat to Tottenham Hotspur, United's second defeat in their opening three games of the campaign, and he continued the theme ahead of Sunday's trip to Burnley.

"We've got a really good group, a good group of hard workers and incredible talents everywhere you look on the field".

"They remain a great, a top team".

"There is no doubt about his quality - I have never doubt that in the past, I won't now". We were so on top and it's just disappointing, really disappointing. It's a fantastic game to get rid of all that negativity around the club.

The Red Devils have not won the Premier League since their final triumph under Sir Alex Ferguson back in 2013.

"Only the players know exactly who we are and normally even with the players we are judged, if they play we are good, if he doesn't play the manager is not good".

"Two seasons ago we had a fantastic season winning the Europa League, this season and last season everyone thought Atletico Madrid were incredible".

Guardiola has a fully fit squad to choose from and says his side must cope with whatever style they come up against.