Pep Guardiola’s side, Manchester City are now winless in six successive games in all competitions. Their loss to Manchester United on Wednesday, 26 Oct. 2016 at Old Trafford during the English Football League (EFL) Cup tie was their sixth in a row.
Guardiola is undoubtedly going through one of the worst times in his coaching career. The Cityzens were inflicted more plight when Mourinho’s side, the Red Devils, kicked them off the EFL Cup after a 1-0 goal margin. United’s goal came at the 54th minute, thanks to Juan Mata.
The Cityzens tried to level the game but their efforts were futile as the Red Devils pressed them hard especially at the mid field. The best times for City arrived early on when Iheanacho headed over from six yards while second half substitutes, Kun Aguero and Raheeem Sterling made little impact.
Guardiola made nine changes to his side in order to sharpen the tempo of his side but all in vain. However skipper, Vincent Kompany asked to be substituted before the break on grounds that he is tired. Company suffered a groin strain in September prompting a decline in his playing time.
Juan Mata’s goal now puts the Red Devils at quarter finals stage although there wasn’t much style that they displayed in the first half but still it was a win against their rivals. That was what Jose Mourinho’s arrival was supposed to guarantee.
Mourinho credited the win to the fans who continued to applaud the team amidst a sloppy display before the break. However Mourinho did not rejoice over the victory probably because of the tasks that lie ahead of him.
Guardiola admits that the Cityzens just need a win and West Brom must be beaten on Sunday. He applauded the youngsters claiming that City’s future is probably safe in their hands. He pin pointed Pablo Maffeo who gave hard time to United’s Rashford and Pogba.