“I like all these boys,” he said. On came Leroy Sane in his place, with Bernardo Silva switching to a deeper role, and it was this tactical switch which proved to be the game-changing moment. Not sure Guardiola will be overly happy with this second half performance. I came in here and I said I’m going to enjoy every single second. "It is a derby and all the times we play against United they are special games and players do their best.". To win those games is really beautiful. A win would have confirmed Pep Guardiola's side as champions that April afternoon - with goals from Vincent Kompany and Ilkay Gundogan putting them well on their way before half-time. “I’ve got to manage for the club and I’m managing the club and managing the players. “I know it’s a big challenge and that is why I came in when I came in. “I love them because they are great lads, but I’ve got to make a decision. Opinion: Ole's bravery deserves respect Click here for the desktop version. The man who may end up being named United's player of the season seems certain to return against City on Wednesday. Can't see the blog? "You go for it and you go for scoring a goal, not just to cross the ball. Rashford has been by far their best player and gets what he deserves. "We have got to be ready for the press and the quality they have got on the ball," he said. Neither outcome is particularly palatable for Mancunians of a red persuasion but, according to Alexander-Arnold, Champions League qualification will be the priority for the hosts regardless. What sort of mood with the United boss be in today? After a scrappy exchange between the two rivals, there were chances are both ends within the space of a minute. The United striker gets in behind and slots into the bottom corner. Bernardo Silva powered a left-footed strike which, while at a decent height for David De Gea, still had to be kept out. Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned his players to expect an aggressive Manchester City side to be "snapping at their heels" and fouling them in Wednesday's derby. United in danger of another 6-1 - or worse. United need to take every chance because they know City will punish them two-fold. The Red Devils have won the FA Cup (2016) under Louis van Gaal, while Jose Mourinho led them to a League Cup and Europa League double in 2017 - but the title and Champions League glory have eluded them. Trent Alexander-Arnold has dismissed suggestions that he might try and call in favours from the likes of Jesse Lingard ahead of this week’s Manchester derby. De Gea saves the Belgian’s effort but Pereira can’t react quick enough to not slap into his own goal. Manchester United vs. Manchester City When: Wednesday, April 24 A day Greenwood can chalk down as experience. Not too much worry of a serious injury as he walks off normally. City have now gone 1,169 days without defeat in the competition, while the door looks to have slammed shut on one trophy opportunity for Solskjaer. Kevin de Bruyne has been ruled out of the Manchester derby with hamstring damage, “We will see (how long he is out),” said the Catalan. Despite Marcus Rashford pulling a goal back for United, City are in pole position to reach the final for the third straight year, with Guardiola looking to make it a hat-trick of wins. “It’ll be great to have him back because, both defensively and in attack, he’s been one of our best players.”. We will hear from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer from 10am. Paul Pogba saved Manchester United from the indiginity of handing the Premier League title to City last season. Man Utd XI: de Gea, Darmian, Young, Smalling, Lindelof, Shaw, Andreas Pereira, Fred, Pogba, Lingard, Rashford, Subs: Sanchez, Mata, Lukaku, Martial, Dalot, Romero, Matic, Man City XI: Ederson, Walker, Kompany, Laporte, Zinchenko, Gundogan, Fernandinho, Silva, Bernardo, Aguero, Sterling, Subs: Danilo, Sane, Mahrez, Otamendi, Gabriel Jesus, Foden, Muric. City have previously been accused of 'tactical fouling' to prevent counter-attacks when they are pressing high up the pitch, and Solskjaer expects to see that on Wednesday. Williams lucky not to give away a free kick here. External Link, Giggs: United gave a fantastic performance, 'Martinelli has no fear... he goes and he goes' It didn’t look negative, just passionate. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made five changes from the 4-0 defeat at Everton, including dropping Nemanja Matic and Romelu Lukaku to the bench, and giving starts to Andreas Pereira and Matteo Darmian. Riyad Mahrez doubled City's lead in the 33 minute, while an Andreas Pereira own goal gave the visitors a 3-0 lead with seven minutes of the first-half remaining. Mendy fires a beautiful ball to Mahrez at the back post. He was moved to apologise to United fans on Sunday after a 4-0 defeat at Everton delivered a blow to their hopes of securing Champions League football next season. https://www.mirror.co.uk/.../match-reports/man-utd-vs-man-city-21233114 "I wouldn't say it is the same situation [from a year ago], because they need to win as well, they really need it and so do we," Pogba told Sky Sports. "When we win it we have got to be ready for their aggression because they will snap at your ankles and heels and kick you. Pep Guardiola conceded Kevin de Bruyne is likely to miss the derby after picking up a muscular injury in the win over Tottenham. You can find our Community Guidelines in full Solskjaer is already thinking about the major changes required to turn United into genuine title contenders, which will include as many as five new additions. A 'tier three-plus' or 'tier four' could be introduced, Lewis Hamilton breaks Michael Schumacher's record with Formula 1 win, The reigning Formula 1 world champion claimed his 92nd Grand Prix success in Portugal to take him ahead of the German legend's record, which had stood for 14 years. They face Manchester City at Old Trafford on Wednesday night, knowing they will likely need a 100 percent finish to the campaign to ensure their place in the top four. Welcome to the Evening Standard’s LIVE build-up to Wednesday night’s Manchester derby! The Algerian smashes towards the near post. Phil Jones has just tried to shepard a stationary ball back to De Gea. By pushing I mean not giving up the ball. External Link, GW16 FPL stats: Alli rewards managers' faith, Budweiser King of the Match explained and statistics, King of the Match explained and statistics, Budweiser Kings of the Match: Matchweek 16, MW16 stats: Martinelli sets Arsenal record, On this day - 20 Sep 2009: Man Utd 4-3 Man City, Kompany retires: Remember Man City legend's winner v Man Utd, Classic match: Keane clinches comeback derby win, Flashback: Van Persie settles epic Manchester derby. Williams with the scuffed effort straight at Bravo. City on the other hand took their foot off the gas in the second half. And on the break, United went close after Jesse Lingard slid in Marcus Rashford but Ederson came flying off his line with a brilliant challenge to smother the ball. Man Utd XI:De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Jones, Lindelof, Williams, Fred, Pereira, James, Lingard, Rashford, Greenwood, Man City XI:Bravo, Walker, Otamendi, Fernandinho, Mendy, Rodrigo, Gundogan, Mahrez, De Bruyne, Bernardo, Sterling. It was a message from the Norwegian that he simply demanded better from his players and would not accept a repeat performance. ES COVERAGE. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has defiantly insisted he is the right man to lead Manchester United forward after experiencing the first crisis of his short reign. That's the closest either side came to breaking the deadlock after a much improved defensive display from United, but after the interval, City came alive. "We are both in a race for something - them for the title and us for the Champions League for fourth or third place - so it is going to be a tough one and a very important one. Paul Pogba admits that Manchester United cannot go three years in a row without silverware after a 'very disappointing' season at Old Trafford that has left their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League hanging by a thread. Man Utd 0 Man City 2: Champions win Manchester derby to leapfrog Liverpool in title race, {{#singleComment}}{{value}} Comment{{/singleComment}}{{^singleComment}}{{value}} Comments{{/singleComment}}, {{#singleComment}}{{value}} comment{{/singleComment}}{{^singleComment}}{{value}} comments{{/singleComment}}, You may not agree with our views, or other users’, but please respond to them respectfully, Swearing, personal abuse, racism, sexism, homophobia and other discriminatory or inciteful language is not acceptable, Do not impersonate other users or reveal private information about third parties, We reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts and ban offending users without notification. “It is a muscular problem and we will see in the next days, but tomorrow he is not available.”. De Gea would have kept it out but it slams into the post. Man City vs FC Porto LIVE early team news, predicted line up and score predictions. After Man U’s recent run of form, what is typically an exhilarating match may turn into destruction. Paul Pogba says Manchester United simply forgot the basics on Sunday against Everton, insisting his team must get things right against Manchester City on Wednesday. Live Updates New updates available Refresh. It will also see a host of his current squad being shown the door – and the 1999 Treble-winning hero is adamant he is strong enough to make difficult decisions. Mahrez forced De Gea into a stretched save with his legs. Jones falls to the ground as De Bruyne mugs up with a dummy. Just five minutes into the second half, City were dealt a blow when Fernandinho was forced off with a knock. Not great, we are expecting. This type of hilarity didn’t happen under Fergie!! Bernardo, Mahrez and ‘Comedy’ are the three goal scorers. Relive Man Utd vs Man City LIVE with Standard Sport! Manchester City begin their Champions League campaign with a … He rather shins in and it squirts behind. Matteo Darmian, Marcos Rojo and Eric Bailly also face uncertain futures. Raheem Sterling then came close to finding the opener, dancing around three United defenders in the area before scuffing his shot goalwards, but De Gea was equal to it. With some help from the deafening noise inside Old Trafford, Solskjaer got the reaction he was looking for as his United side went toe-to-toe with their arch rivals. The Belgian's fitness will surely be addressed in the next 20 minutes or so. Bernardo Silva set City on their way to victory with a stunning 25-yard strike in the 17 minute, which gave United keeper David De Gea no chance. The full-back also missed the 3-0 defeat to Barcelona in-between those games as he served a European suspension. City have responded to that goal with vigour. "This rivalry has always been there, even when I was in the U18s and we would play against City. City controlled possession as they looked to kill the game and despite a flurry of attacking substitutions from Solskjaer, sending on Alexis Sanchez and Lukaku, City held on all too comfortably to take a huge step towards retaining their title.

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