Pep Guardiola urges Man City players to forget about Liverpool's lead

Press Association Sport 08:37 07/10/2019
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Pep Guardiola claimed he was not thinking about the gap after his Manchester City side fell eight points behind Liverpool in the Premier League.

Adama Traore struck twice in the final 10 minutes as Wolves capitalised on a sluggish performance from the champions to claim a shock 2-0 win at the Etihad Stadium.

It was City’s second loss of the season after a similarly surprising defeat at Norwich last month.

City are still second in the table but the gap is already a sizeable one with Liverpool having won all eight of their games.

“It is a lot of points,” said Guardiola. “They didn’t drop points. From many circumstances they haven’t dropped points.

“But when one team is eight points in front it is better not to think too much about that. It is better to think about what is next.”

City were disjointed in the first half and were fortunate not to be punished for a number of defensive lapses as Wolves spurned a handful of gilt-edged chances.

It seemed the visitors would be made to pay for their profligacy as City cranked up the pressure after the break and hit the crossbar through David Silva.

But Wolves held firm and eventually earned their reward when Raul Jimenez broke clear to set up Traore for a cool finish after 80 minutes.

Wolves’ performance made light of their difficult start to the season and the fact they were in action in the Europa League in Turkey on Thursday night. Their second victory of the campaign lifted them to a healthier-looking 11th in the table heading into the international break.

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo said: “I’m very proud. It was a very good performance – but more than the performance was the work the players did.

“It is very difficult to play against City because they are so good and move the ball so fast. It requires a lot of high-speed running. The boys worked very hard and that was good.”

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Matty Longstaff goal to sink Man United leaves Solskjaer sorry and Bruce bubbly

Press Association Sport 08:31 07/10/2019
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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer apologised to the club’s fans after a 1-0 defeat at Newcastle left them in 12th place in the Premier League.

Disgruntled travelling supporters sang anti-Glazer family chants as Matty Longstaff’s debut goal at St James’ Park left United without an away win in 11 attempts in all competitions.

Manager Solskjaer admitted after the game that they had simply not been good enough.

He said: “We’re unhappy with the results and it’s the results that bring out the mood of everyone, and I’ve got to say sorry to the fans that we’re not winning games.

“But that’s down to that now as well, we have started a rebuild. This is not a similar situation to when I was sat here after Everton last year when I felt people had given up and they don’t give what they have for the shirt.

“These boys give everything they’ve got for the shirt, and we’ll get there again.”

The visitors enjoyed plenty of possession on Tyneside against a Magpies side routed 5-0 at Leicester a week earlier but failed to convert it into meaningful chances, with defender Harry Maguire’s glaring miss on the stroke of half-time as good as it got.

Asked to assess the performance, Solskjaer said: “Very symptomatic of where we are at the moment, disappointing. We don’t create enough chances to deserve to win a game of football – and that’s the short version.

“The first half, I couldn’t see that one coming before the game because it was such a disappointing performance first half.

“The ball, it seemed like we couldn’t control it, it seemed like it was a hot potato and it was bouncing off our feet.

“Second half was better, we dominated more – but you could still see a couple of counter-attacks coming, especially just before the goal as well.”

Newcastle’s Geordie head coach Steve Bruce was thrilled at the response of his players to their humiliation at the King Power Stadium as he enjoyed the first win of his managerial career over the club for which he played for eight-and-a-half years.

He said: “Especially against who the visitors were… It’s been a long time coming, probably too long.

“It’s been a difficult week in particular, but that result gives everybody a lift, and let’s just hope now they all come back from internationals and we can stay a bit injury-free.”

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David De Gea apologises to fans and admits Man Utd have ‘a lot of things to improve’

Press Association Sport 23:45 06/10/2019
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David De Gea says improvements are needed across the board as the goalkeeper endures his “most difficult time” at Manchester United.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men slumped to a 1-0 loss at embattled Newcastle, where 19-year-old Matty Longstaff’s goal on his Premier League debut sent the visitors into a tailspin.

It is now 11 matches in all competitions since Manchester United last tasted victory on the road, with the side entering the international break 12th after managing two wins from their eight league games.

De Gea, who signed a new deal with the club last month, is at a loss about the state of affairs at Old Trafford.

Asked how United can put things right and what is missing, the Spain goalkeeper told Sky Sports: “Everything.

“A lot of things to improve. I don’t know what to say. Just keep trying, keep fighting, keep improving every day.

“It’s a hard moment for us, a difficult moment but we’re United, we need to keep fighting.”

De Gea also admitted this was as tough as he had known it at United since moving to Old Trafford in 2011, saying: “Yes, it probably is the most difficult time since I’ve been here.

“I don’t know (why it is tougher than before). I don’t know what is happening, we cannot score even one goal in two games. It’s difficult to say something, sorry to the fans, we will keep fighting for sure, we will come back, but at the moment we are in a difficult situation.”

Things do not get any easier for United as table-topping Liverpool arrive at Old Trafford after the international break.

De Gea added: “I think we defended quite well, it’s true that they had good chances to score but, come on, we concede a goal from a corner for us, and that cannot happen. It’s not acceptable.

“Not just this game, the whole season has been not good, so keep going, keep fighting, and let’s see what happens in the next games.”

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