Manchester derby decides the future of the City of Guardiola

The City, which is eleven points behind Liverpool, receives a United who has just won the Tottenham but has not achieved two consecutive victories in the Premier since March.


An unequal derby is played today but of uncertain outcome like all those in which emotions are invited to the party (follow the match live on As.com). The "noisy neighbor", as Alex Ferguson al City defined, is already above his eternal rival and that gives many decibels in the stands. Pep Guardiola spoke in the previous Manchester derby as if he were going to face Sir Alex's: he sees them capable of winning anywhere because "United is United." Certainly the Manchester of Mourinho already annoyed the party to the City, the day that the Guardiola tried to win the league against his top rival in the Etihad. That victory confirmed the trend of positive results of United at his rival's house (two wins and one draw) until last November, when those of Guardiola won 3-1,

But the difference between the two teams is abysmal today. It is true that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has managed to take three points against powerful rivals (Chelsea and Tottenham) but is far from being a champion team. He is a young, innocent, irregular, with speed and a striker forward (Rashford has 12 goals in 13 games between his club and the national team) and has just celebrated the victory against the spurs after the best first half of the season, followed by a very mediocre second, just like the campaign he is doing: seventh and without two victories in a row since March

If someone wants to understand why United's success against teams that are superior today, they can review the press conference that Mourinho gave on Wednesday after falling at Old Trafford. The Portuguese challenged those who say that United suffers before the great: "It is actually the opposite. They defend far behind those who cannot take possession, and go against it. And suffer against those who yield to them. The initiative". Solskjaer has failed, because he does not intend, to make his people have an organized attack and to relate in the rival area with their eyes closed. He prefers the speed of Lingard, Daniel James and especially Rashford to mark the differences. Unable to keep the goal to zero (two games without fitting in the last 26) depends on the inspiration of their strikers.

City is, by far, the set that creates the most clear chances and the one that least allows its rivals However, he is third and eleven points behind Liverpool. It can be explained in two ways: Laporte's injury greatly damaged both the defense and the attack and the lack of forcefulness in the two areas has given them ground. The City fan would add that the VAR has taken six or seven points. The week-long meeting against Burnley (1-4) showed that the team is plugged in and even with new tactical solutions to create even more; if with 20 occasions it is not enough, as happened in the defeat against the Colista Norwich, it will be necessary to make 25. Guardiola, who says but does not think that the league is lost, he has no choice but to win everything that remains until the end of season



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