Sunday, 17 December, 2017

Pogba confident United can cope with City threat

Declan Rice put in a solid performance against the league leaders Declan Rice put in a solid performance against the league leaders
Shannon Reynolds | 07 December, 2017, 00:20

City are in dominant form and look nearly unstoppable as they aim to extend their 20-game winning streak across all competitions along with their eight-point lead.

West Ham United may have lost to Premier League leaders Manchester City on Sunday, but the Hammers looked better than they have in months and the signs were promising that they can turn things around after all.

Manchester City have already finished first in their group but have taken a full strength squad for the last game of this stage of the Champions League, all the way to Ukraine.

"I think teams respect us".

He said: "A derby is always special".

The Serbian global sat out Tuesday night's 2-1 win over CSKA Moscow which secured United's place in the UEFA Champions League knockout stages, but, speaking in his post-match press conference, the boss explained that Matic is "still injured but will play for sure".

Gale feels City pose too strong a threat for United to press and claims Guardiola's men could "pierce them apart".

City's late win over West Ham reopened an eight-point advantage over second-place United in the Premier League title race and extended their winning run to 13 games - equalling records previously set by Chelsea and Arsenal.

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De Bruyne will definitely not feature having incurred a suspension.

"It means a lot to everyone. but you've got to play with your heads and if you're going to go blow-for-blow with Manchester City with attractive football, then I think you're going to come unstuck".

The incident came after Raheem Sterling's late victor sent the Etihad into pandemonium, setting them up for a record-equalling 13th consecutive Premier League victory against West Ham on Sunday.

"They are doing great and have a great team". I am so pleased to see them playing that well.

"I hope they win it".

The Hammers are still awaiting their first win under new manager David Moyes.

"Of course, I was a little upset because I thought we did great and were so close to getting at least one point. We are going to need him as well for the derby".

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