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Manchester City Have Given Manchester United A Ray Of Hope - Gary Neville

08 Diciembre 2017
Manchester City Have Given Manchester United A Ray Of Hope - Gary Neville

The result at the Etihad Stadium was City's third consecutive 2-1 victory in the space of eight days, with the league leaders thoroughly tested by their opponents before striking late on.

Former Manchester United great Denis Law scored the 82nd-minute decider with an instinctive backheel but he remained motionless in front of the Old Trafford faithful, thinking he had condemned United to relegation from the top flight.

To the point that a player who was once star-struck by meeting the Brazilian Ronaldo, his idol, became someone who congratulates his national team on making the World Cup by tweeting a team photo with the words "we are Zweden".

Luke Shaw's first start of the season earned a thumbs-up from Jose Mourinho after Manchester United topped their Champions League group.

So how does Mourinho go about stopping City and checking the relentless march of the Pep-bots? Pogba also misses games against Bournemouth (h) and West Brom (a). He posts up the defender and then rolls the ball with the bottom of his foot.

As yet, nobody since Everton has been able to restrict them enough to achieve anything other than narrow late defeat but there have at least been signs they are not entirely unstoppable.

"It's a big derby and the atmosphere is going to be big".

Mourinho has tended to deploy a back three this season only against other sides playing a back three - CSKA Moscow, Arsenal, Watford, Chelsea, Tottenham - but, if only for reasons of personnel he seems likely to use a back three on Sunday.

"[Nemanja] Matic is injured and when I say he is injured, he is injured". The nature of Guardiola's philosophy means his side will always be vulnerable if you can get through the initial press.

Ironic, too, that just five hours after his comments were aired on BBC One, Pogba was shown a straight red card for stamping on Hector Bellerin in United's 3-1 over Arsenal, meaning he himself will now miss the derby.

All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing (Thursday, December 7, 2017, 11:00 UK) and are subject to change.

There is a chance, of course, that Pogba's comments were lost in translation and he was merely eluding to City's superiority and highlighting a way that they'd hopefully veer off track, but even still, that shouldn't detract from the recklessness of his words. I have never seen a player who is such a celebrity to even his own peers, to the point that they would stand in line and wait to shake his hand, and then he engages them as if they're all his personal friends.

McCoist isn't convinced Lukaku is a natural goalscorer. We want to win, we need to win as well.