"It isn't damage limitation for us, but it is an opportunity to create a historic moment for the football club and to do our best in the game", he said. This is a game where I think an early goal or two should allow us to reserve some energy for the difficulties ahead.
"In the last 20 minutes we were flat and that is why I am delighted to win in that way".
DF John Stones, 7 - Has missed both Premier League games since the worldwide break, but turned in an impressive performance that will show Guardiola that he can rotate his centre-backs without impacting the team.
By contrast, the finish for his goal was relatively straightforward, albeit after a stylish build-up, as he fed a pass for Danilo to shoot, then swept in the rebound after goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has failed to hold the ball. Visiting Bournemouth had shocked their Etihad Stadium hosts with a Callum Wilson equaliser a minute before the break to cancel out Bernardo Silva's 16th-minute opener.
"We did so well in the last 10, 15 minutes of the first half. good spirit, good fight, good comeback from 0-2 to 2-2 and great examples of players fighting to the limits", Mourinho told BT Sport.
"To have more continuity in our attacking waves you can not lose the ball so many times".
"There are many games to play and it's the same with Raheem, I have a feeling he can do better".
Watford have leaked 14 goals against City in their last three matches, while their last two fixtures at home to Guardiola's side have resulted in 5-0 and 6-0 thrashings.
Nathan Redmond wriggled beyond four statuesque defenders on the edge of the penalty area before finding Michael Obafemi, who teed up Stuart Armstrong for a fierce drive that flashed past David de Gea.
Though City were ultimately deserving winners, Howe could be unhappy with the City goals, all of which came from rebounds and second balls.
The goal was the Belgian striker's first for his club since the middle of September, a drought lasting 981 minutes.
United move to seventh - still six points off a Champions League place and 16 less than arch rivals Manchester City. However, the 21-year-old City striker failed to score any goal since the second week of this season's Premier League.
West Ham ended Newcastle's three-match winning run as Javier Hernandez struck twice in a 3-0 victory at St James Park.