With a blockbuster derby which will undoubtedly impact the title race now awaiting, Manchester United's Paul Pogba stoked the competitive flames by stating his hopes that Guardiola's squad will be hampered by injuries. The Premier League leaders had to come from behind to beat West Ham when Angelo Ogbonna headed the away side into an unlikely lead just before half-time.
For the record, Manchester United won that game 1-0. "We are not qualified yet so we don't think about City yet", Herrera added. David Silva's late goal made sure they head to Old Trafford next Sunday for the derby, some eight points clear at the top of the division. 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 victor.
He said that he learned to attack differently than usual.
The Spain global was simply outstanding, making an astonishing 14 saves - the highest ever in the Premier League - which is a number you would normally expect from a keeper playing for a side in the relegation zone against a top of the table side, and definitely not what you'd imagine in a meeting between two of the Premier League's top sides. Pep admitted that United's notable height advantage will create his relatively small team real problems next week.
"We started really well but we lost our patience".
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After another incident packed weekend of football, it's time to reveal 5 things we learned in Premier League game week 15. We had two strikers in the second half and that helped, it was a big lesson for me.
Just like against Huddersfield and Southampton, City's players had to pick their way through a packed defence to keep the winning run going. It's a big victory. It has happened the last three games. You have to try to solve it [when teams pack the defense].
Argentina striker Aguero and Brazil forward Jesus have started just two games together since September, having combined more regularly in the season's opening games.
"United and the other ones are making good results, but the problem [for them is that] we didn't lose and that is why [there is] this gap, but the results from the other opponents is to be champion".
Nicolas Otamendi scrambled in the equalizer in the 57th and City piled on the pressure before De Bruyne sent over a perfectly weighted cross that Silva volleyed in on the stretch. "We were much, much better".