Lessons from derby day defeat

Lessons from derby day defeat

"I don't think the players have lost focus". The players are a bit better than what people think and I am a bit better than what people think.

They need a win against Spurs at Wembley on Saturday to stay on course for the title with United hosting West Brom on Sunday having boosted their hopes of finishing second after this famous derby victory.

Liverpool fans have taken to social networking site Twitter to give their reaction to the performance of Raheem Sterling for Manchester City against Manchester United.

Guardiola congratulated the 25 year-old after his heroics during the game.

'I am so, so happy with what we have done this year, ' he said.

City seemed to be cruising to the crown as they went in at the break with a 2-0 lead, but United conjured an extraordinary response led by two-goal Paul Pogba and crowned by Chris Smalling's victor.

Smalling said a few words from Mourinho during the half-time interval helped inspire them to victory.

"He needs that confidence because he knows, I know, he had some performances not at the level of expectation we have from Paul". At the end of the day, they scored three goals and we scored two, and that's what counts.

"If we did we would be up there [in the league] with City, and maybe even in front".

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola was downcast after seeing his side again concede three, after the 3-0 defeat to Liverpool in the Champions League.

Smalling continued: 'We got here in at half-time feeling sorry for ourselves and we knew that we would have liked to play with delight within the second half. Second half they arrive twice and score two goals. For Manchester City, it was a minor blip on the road to the league title, but a bigger reminder of the flaws that are slowly coming to the fore in their team, and that is something for Guardiola to address going forward. We had a lot of quality and goals in the first half but you have to defend a little better from set-pieces.

What sparked all the controversy was when his agent Mino Raiola lashed out against Pep Guardiola.

In a revelation that further exposes the breakdown in relationship between Pogba and Jose Mourinho, Guardiola dropped a transfer bombshell on the eve of Saturday's Manchester derby. I'm not interested which is the liar and which is the honest guy. That did not work for them in the first half against City, a team that thrive on being given more of the ball. 2-0 down and struggling to collapse in the face of relentless pressure from arch-rivals Manchester City, there didn't seem to be a way back.

Following the game, Smalling faced the Sky Sports cameras and revealed how Mourinho had addressed his troops during the break, spurring them on and sending them back out to battle.

"If (City) won they are champions", the United midfielder said.

"To lose against City and to see them celebrate, I couldn't let that happen". We win together and we lose together.



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