Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho 'struck by pound coin'

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho 'struck by pound coin'

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho 'struck by pound coin'

And at the heart of all of United's struggles was £89m man Paul Pogba.

City took a first half lead, getting goals from Vincent Kompany and Ilkay Gündoğan in the 25th and 30th minute, respectively.

"Otherwise, City will win the league again, because of the quality that they've got, the transfer window, they're going to improve, they're going to get better players".

Manchester City lost 3-2 to Manchester United in their Premier League derby clash at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

"I need them to connect our good football in midfield, and especially I need my defenders to be more confident because with just a little bit of pressure by City, they were kicking the ball, they were nervous and not bringing the ball with quality to my midfielders". Guardiola added more spice to an already hotly-anticipated clash when he claimed on Friday he had been offered the chance to buy Pogba two months ago by the player's agent Mino Raiola.

Tuesday sees Liverpool roll into town for a crunch Champions League quarter-final tie, with City facing an uphill battle after the first leg ended in a shock 3-0 defeat at Anfield. "For all the (United) fans, it would be like death". City's Abu-Dhabi owners have splashed an estimated 878 million euros over the past decade to assemble a squad that has tilted the balance of power in Manchester from red to blue.

If Guardiola thought Pogba was too expensive - even for City - in January, he certainly will be now. An outclassed United remained in contention after Raheem Sterling skied two golden opportunities with the goal at his mercy and an unmarked Gündogan headed straight at keeper David de Gea from just eight yards out.

I don't think there's any doubt that they'll go on and win the title but was this an early marker from United for next season that they are going to be more of a title threat and are closing the gap? The first half was bad - dropped off, didn't play our game and could have been out of sight.

It is inevitable Pep Guardiola will still get his hands on the silverware that has spent so long at Old Trafford, without City having to wait until the last day of the season like in 2012 and 2014. City will still be the team to beat next season and chances are they will win the title but a big margin.

This was the second match in a row that his team had conceded three goals in the space of 15-20 minutes. He committed the foul that eventually led to the victor resulting from Sanchez's free kick.

Guardiola admitted that City had only themselves to blame for throwing away the two-goal lead.

But it's only his second season in charge and two trophies will go down as a good campaign.

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