Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

United say no to City's Amazon camera crews

United say no to City's Amazon camera crews

Fonseca masterminded an unlikely 2-1 victory over Premier League giants Manchester City on Wednesday - securing Shakthar's path into the next round.

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.

City already sit eight points clear at the summit and a win over their neighbours would leave United with a mammoth deficit to make up, even with 22 games still to play in the campaign.

"I would prefer to win (games) earlier but the Premier League is the Premier League", Guardiola said.

A win for United meanwhile will see them become the first side to halt Guardiola's men this season.

"Today I learnt a bit like a manager to tackle it different", he said.

Yet despite this commanding run of results and an eight point buffer on closest contenders Manchester United, Guardiola knows that City still can not avoid a slip up over the holiday period. We don't normally play with two strikers and two wingers but we did so, and it is a lesson.

City's last four games have all ended in dramatic, late victories, drawing comparisons with successful Manchester United teams of old and their habit of scoring in so-called "Fergie time" - named after then-manager Alex Ferguson.

"I heard about the Fergie time", Guardiola said.

But after a few hard games recently where smaller clubs such as Huddersfield Town, Southampton and West Ham have stifled them for long periods, are City due a loss after relying on so many late winners or will Kevin de Bruyne, David Silva and co find a way to win once again? I understand. Don't misunderstand me; I am not judging but it is hard. "I said to the players the guy who doesn't want to play in Donetsk, let me know please!" said the Spaniard.

"If we can learn something about the Fergie time, it is a pleasure". But I'm happy because we were able to do it in the second half. "He's not given him any help or any cover and Shakhtar have run freely at City without any real pressure on them", he added. "I think we have a good team, good players".

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