Guardiola happy: City boss pleased with side despite first defeat

Guardiola happy: City boss pleased with side despite first defeat”

After the match, United manager Jose Mourinho expressed disquiet at the decision, saying Pogba was "frustrated" at the reaction of some of the Arsenal players to his challenge.

The shot-stopper was sent back to England and signed a deal with West Ham, unfortunately struggling in the relegation zone with their last Premier League victory back in September.

This is City's 42nd Champions League group stage match and to date, there have been no 0-0 draws. But by the time of their most recent meeting, at the Etihad Stadium in April, thoughts of an all-Manchester title shootout had vanished.

At Manchester City, Yaya reached a new level and was a true leader at the blue half of Manchester for years.

On each occasion Pep Guardiola's side dangled the carrot of hope in the direction of the chasing pack, and the swiftly beat them over the head with the stick of a late winner.

For large periods on Sunday, however, City were frustrated by an organised West Ham but their sheer will to win proved too much for the Hammers as Guardiola's side restored their comfortable lead ahead of next weekend's Manchester derby.

But City played both in the second half on Sunday as they laid siege to Adrian's goal and Guardiola said the performance of the Argentine and Brazilian in tandem had given him plenty to consider.

"But there is still that one caveat that Mourinho knows how to win, and he has been here before".

He's doing a pretty good job of it and scored two goals against Watford last week, but his strengths lie in attack, not defence.

"There will be better teams (who play City) than Huddersfield, Southampton and West Ham, yet all came close". We are full of confidence.

The midfielder was torn from warming the bench and whenever he tried to reach Guardiola he did not get a clear answer.

But first comes United's final Champions League group game against CSKA Moscow at Old Trafford, where United need a point to be certain of progressing as group winners.

With Hazard now entering what would usually be considered the prime of his career it is truly frightening how good he could become if he pushes himself. "Inter is only around the corner and that is just as important". The good news for Shakhtar is that they can replace Taison with Viktor Kovalenko, a really talented young midfielder who just can't get into the team because Taison, Bernard and Marlos are so good.

Naturally, this is something that's going to go wrong once in a while, as was the case in the Ukraine on Wednesday night.

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