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Guardiola: My Manchester City side are learning to win in Fergie Time

07 December 2017

"If we can take something in Fergie time, it is welcome, a pleasure".

"I heard about the 'Fergie Time, '" City manager Pep Guardiola said.

Corden, host of The Late Late Show, has been a constant critic of his beloved West Ham this season.

What made matters worse for the defender was when he asked a number of young Man City fans if they missed him. I am not judging but it is hard.

'Always they have 10 players behind the ball.

The Catalan rested Vincent Kompany and Fernandinho on the bench - the influential duo a yellow card away from a Manchester derby suspension - and City offered early encouragement to their opponents by displaying the set-piece vulnerability that has plagued them of late. Attention is even more on the club this week as they prepare to face Manchester United, in what some see as a battle of styles.

Pogba, of course, is the one who misses out after his red card against Arsenal - but Guardiola took the high road in response.

There are those who claim that Manual Neuer's ability to play as a sweeper keeper gives him the edge over The Red Devils number one, but I'm not having that.

"But today, since after five minutes in the second half, I felt we were going to score".

"For the respect of Shakhtar, for the respect of Napoli, for the respect of the competition and because it's a big opportunity to win 18 points for the prestige of the club".

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Manchester City head to Old Trafford next week searching for a 14th consecutive Premier League win which would break a 125-year top-flight record (set by Preston and Sunderland in 1891-92). But we're taking each game at a time. "But the teams have been playing closed, we have had difficulty finding the spaces there, because there are a lot of people in front of the box".

West Ham manager David Moyes, on his part, said: "I have to say it was a really good effort".

His team sit 19th in the table, with Chelsea and Arsenal their next opponents, but the Scot is refusing the repeat the overly pessimistic tone he struck at Sunderland.

"We hoped we wouldn't lose any game this season".

"That is why I'm happy because we were able to do it in the second half".

As for the pragmatic approach he sent the team out with, Moyes made no apology.

He added: "It was hard". Teams seem to be getting everyone behind the ball and making it hard for us to break them down.

"We don't normally play with two strikers and two wingers but we did so it is a lesson".

'I would like that Paul could play (next week). It's happened a few times this season.

Jose Mourinho felt relief for Romelu Lukaku to get out of his goal drought for Man United after their win over CSKA.

Guardiola: My Manchester City side are learning to win in Fergie Time