Manchester City have clinched the Premier League title with five games to spare after Manchester United's shock 1-0 loss at home to West Brom. "But sometimes it's good to, like, take a step back and then bounce and learn from it and try and improve on it. I just hope they don't go down and that they can learn from the mistakes that they made in the pre-season or whatever".
That would mean Antonio Valencia keeps his spot at right-back while veteran Englishman Ashley Young is likely to start on the left-side, with Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling likely to partner up at the heart of the Manchester United defence.
Man City's Kevin De Bruyne acknowledges the tiredness within the squad and how important it was to see off Spurs after a difficult string of matches. The Spaniard has accumulated 16 clean sheets in the Premier League and will be looking to add another one, as he chases his first Golden Glove award.
"You cannot imagine", Guardiola said on Saturday. Most notably, Lukaku scored a hat-trick in his final appearance for the Midlands club in an eventful 5-5 draw against United, in Sir Alex Ferguson's last game in charge of the Reds.
It's been almost inevitable for the whole of 2018 but Manchester City have today sealed the Premier League title without even kicking a ball on Sunday afternoon. He carefully placed a shot towards the middle of the goal, but a brilliant last-ditch save by Ben Foster denied him.
"It's the type of squaring up that you might laugh about with the other player later in the game". But nobody expected it to happen this weekend.
An 18-match winning run from late-August to late-December laid the platform for the runaway title victory, and it was only a matter of when it would be clinched.
In his evidence, he said: "In the 58th minute as I awarded a goal kick to Brighton, I was aware of a coming together of two players, Bong and Rodriguez". United's comeback at the Etihad from a 2-0 half-time deficit offered their supporters a rare fillip of flair and excitement after a difficult season where their style of play has hardly endeared Jose Mourinho to the club's fanbase.
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