Guardiola admits Man City standards have slipped

Ruben Hill
December 10, 2019

Ole Gunnar Solskjær is determined that Manchester United remain just as focused on winning when they play against so-called lesser teams as they were in the victory against Manchester City on Saturday.

City's 2-1 defeat by rivals Manchester United on Saturday was their fourth of the campaign and it left the defending champions in 3rd in the league, 14 points behind Jürgen Klopp's Liverpool. You've got to earn the right to win.

"It's the teams below who make it hard at Old Trafford where you've got to be patient, that's the next step now". It's been very much about margins in those games [we lost]. If the boys are telling me they can't get up for these games, we've got a problem. The Premier League is hard.

"We are not able to be consistent like we were in the last two seasons so that is the reality and you have to help the players". Too often, this United team have simply not had the ingenuity to infiltrate opponents who get men behind the ball, who natural link to the attack, a No 10 who can knit things together. "I'll work on the mentality".

"Now that the league is out of touch, it's probably to take the heat off", he said.

"It is physically tough to play football the way I want to play football".

Since becoming the club's permanent coach, the Norwegian tactician has seen constant speculation regarding his future, with many calling for his removal following a string of disappointing performances this season.

The statement from the home side read: "Manchester City FC are aware of a video circulating on social media which appears to show a supporter making racial gestures".

"But it doesn't make the long term view at Man United any different".

United also have a World Cup victor ready to step back in before the turn of the year, with Giggs backing the enigmatic presence of Pogba to lift the resurgent Red Devils to even greater heights.

"Because the idea of selling him and then him coming back to bite you which he could do with his talent is something that you can't risk". I had him in the reserves; gave him his debut against Burnley.

Big money was invested in the 24-year-old by the Red Devils back in the summer of 2015.

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