Published: Mon, November 12, 2018
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Guardiola glad as Manchester City overcome derby fear to beat Man United

Guardiola glad as Manchester City overcome derby fear to beat Man United

City's 12-point advantage over United is the largest after 12 games in the post-1992 Premier League era. Our team is improving a lot. "It was a performance with mistakes and we paid for it", stated the United manager.

"With their free-kicks, they are so strong, more than us". We knew there is a difference of potential.

"Lets fight to close the gap to jump into the top four".

"We have hard fixtures". He made that sacrifice for us, and then it was impossible for him to recover for this match. It was not a negative performance at all. The third goal kills everything.

Paul Pogba will not join up with France during the global break after missing the Manchester derby through injury. It wouldn't surprise me if City win this 5-0, but this is Jose Mourinho, who always turns up in the big games.

Mourinho admitted that Pogba's absence was to the detriment of the team, with Marouane Fellaini - who was not 100 per cent fit - taking the World Cup winner's place. His effort was magnificent.

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"He is not in the conditions to play 90 minutes".

"The game", he said, "was open in a week when they play three home games and have 6-1, 6-0 victories, relaxed, everything nice and easy and we play two matches away, hard where the second was like a final against one of the best teams in Europe where we give everything physically, mentally". It is football and for me it is even more football when we have a week where we play three consecutive matches away and Manchester City play three consecutive games at home.

Anthony Martial's second-half penalty was their only threatening moment in front of goal, yet Mourinho cited his side's hard recent run of fixtures that has included away games at Chelsea and Juventus as an excuse for their display at the Etihad Stadium.

"Cristiano Ronaldo is a player who moves to the left more, but he moves around a lot and in fact, the goal I scored in Manchester came from his cross from the right".

The front three of Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford were basically asked to hurt City with their pace, but they were often too far detached from the rest of the team to make use of their attributes. These kinds of situations can happen [the second goal].

"After we conceded it was inevitable to think about last season what happened in that situation, but we didn't concede another chance and we defended so well".

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