Manchester City were so, so good at Anfield - Guardiola

Apr 07, 2018, 01:22
Manchester City were so, so good at Anfield - Guardiola

Manchester City were offered the chance to sign Manchester United's Paul Pogba during the January transfer window, according to City manager Pep Guardiola.

Mkhtaryan joined United in the summer of 2016 from Borussia Dortmund for around £35m but had an inconsistent time at Old Trafford before being sold to Arsenal in exchange for Alexis Sanchez in January.

"But what he has done with him is something all the kids can look to, and I can't ask any more of him than that".

The Manchester City boss can secure his first Premier League title on Saturday if his team beat Manchester United at the Etihad, a game you can see live on Sky Sports Premier League.

"Finally, the people discover my secrets _ I am a bad guy, I'm a coward", Guardiola said sarcastically.

Pogba is an incredible player.

While Guardiola insisted that the France global would be "too expensive" for City, Real Madrid has been touted as a possible destination for him next season. Also, Mourinho during last month's astonishing comeback against Crystal Palace had questioned his players' attitude and intensity during the first half and they were fortunate to escape Selhurst Park with a win.

It would be a sickening outcome for all connected to United, but Mourinho says boosting their second-place hopes rather than delaying City's title party is the driver for him. Manchester City failed to cope with Liverpool's intense pressing and capitalized on any mistake that the league leaders made - with the first goal coming from a mistake by Leroy Sane where he mishit a long diagonal ball and another mistake by Kyle Walker who failed to clear the ball away from danger, allowing Muhammad Salah to continue his terrific season with a goal. If City wins this game, their lead over United will be insurmountable and they will be crowned champions. "We try to pass the ball because we believe the players are football players to play with the ball and we try to let them enjoy [being] with the ball".

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has revealed his motivation is to finish second in the Premier League this season.

"Never is it going to happen again, that". Or, which player (s) do you think we have missed out?

"Next season will be so, so complicated for us".

City have only once reached the Champions League semi-finals despite investing eye-watering sums of money in their playing squad.

Among Mourinho's major successes at United are Jesse Lingard and Scott McTominay, two of four home-grown players who could start Saturday's Premier League match at Manchester City. "It will be so hard for next Tuesday but, of course, we are going to try", he said.

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