"I'm very pleased because we needed to win that".
For his part, Guardiola praised Jesus' all-round contribution against Bournemouth and said he had no concerns that the Brazil international's goal drought would continue much longer. I didn't know that.
Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva feels the Sky Blues can not afford to be complacent when they take on Watford in the Premier League on Tuesday. The ball ran loose as Asmir Begovic came out to meet the German but Bernardo Silva was on hand to sweep home.
The 23-year-old helped the Sky Blues on to a 3-1 win after Callum Wilson's strike had cancelled out Bernardo Silva's early effort in the first half, with Ilkay Gundogan adding a third late on to seal the deal. But the leaders restored order in the 57th minute as Sterling continued his mastery of Eddie Howe's team.
There was the 3-2 win over Newcastle in early October from 2-0 down after 10 minutes, which might have saved Mourinho's job; the 2-1 win at Bournemouth in early November after going behind after 11 minutes; the comebacks, too, against Chelsea and also Juventus in the Champions League.
United move to seventh - still six points off a Champions League place and 16 less than arch rivals Manchester City. "Sometimes it happens. It is a lesson we have to learn, how to win when we are exhausted".
"Positive examples include Marcus Rashford, Phil Jones and many others showing that respect for the shirt and showing respect for the club".
They were still not completely safe and Wilson nearly bundled in from close range following a long throw, but Gundogan put the matter beyond doubt 11 minutes from time.
With the win, Manchester City remains undefeated with 12 wins, two draws and no losses and sits atop the league table with 38 points, five ahead of second-placed Liverpool.
Guardiola is not concerned about Gabriel Jesus' lack of goals and said his work ethic is helping the team as they try to defend their Premier League title.
Leicester won for just the second time in seven league games as Watford slumped to a 2-0 defeat at the King Power Stadium.