• Mourinho’s Manchester United can win title but Guardiola’s City favourites – Sir Alex Ferguson

    Mourinho’s Manchester United can win title but Guardiola’s City favourites – Sir Alex Ferguson

    Sir Alex Ferguson has told kicker that Manchester United can still win the Premier League this season but views Manchester City as favourites.

    United have struggled since Ferguson’s retirement in 2013, with David Moyes and Louis van Gaal both failing to challenge for the title in the interim.

    Jose Mourinho took charge in the summer and Ferguson said the Portuguese has the ability to rival Pep Guardiola, but results have been mixed and United are currently seventh, six points behind City, Arsenal […]

  • Manchester United 1-0 Manchester City: Mata strikes to down Pep’s men in derby

    Manchester United 1-0 Manchester City: Mata strikes to down Pep’s men in derby

    The former Barcelona and Bayern coach reached an unwelcome personal landmark as his compatriot scored the only goal of a tense tie at Old Trafford.

    Juan Mata scored the winner as Manchester United bounced back from their humiliating defeat at Chelsea with a 1-0 derby victory over Manchester City in the EFL Cup fourth round, extending their local rivals’ winless run to six matches.

    This was a tie between two managers in need of a reassuring win – Jose Mourinho after the […]

  • ‘When you play badly and you lose, they kill you’ – Guardiola

    ‘When you play badly and you lose, they kill you’ – Guardiola

    The Manchester City boss says players are always subjected to fierce criticism in their own countries when they perform below expectations.

    Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says the criticism Sergio Aguero has received this week is nothing out of the ordinary.

    Aguero says he would not be surprised if he is left out of the next Argentina squad after missing a penalty in his country’s 1-0 home defeat by Paraguay in the World Cup qualifiers this week.

    The striker does not have the […]

  • Man City’s Silva enjoys career under Guardiola

    Man City’s Silva enjoys career under Guardiola

    David Silva is loving life under Pep Guardiola and believes Manchester City’s early season form is a result of the freedom the Catalan affords the team.

    Silva has been playing in a slightly deeper role since Guardiola replaced Manuel Pellegrini as the man in charge at the Etihad Stadium, with City having won 10 and drawn one of their 11 competitive matches this season.

    The Spain international has been impressive in the early stages of Guardiola’s tenure and he says he is […]

  • Pep Guardiola in deep conversation with Joe Hart during training as Manchester City goalkeeper nears exit… while Claudio Bravo jets in

    Pep Guardiola in deep conversation with Joe Hart during training as Manchester City goalkeeper nears exit… while Claudio Bravo jets in

    Joe Hart looks as if he has been putting the hard yards in as the Manchester City goalkeeper attempts to force his way back into Pep Guardiola’s plans.

    The England No 1 has found himself out of the first-team under the new boss, who prefers a goalkeeper that can play the ball out from the back.

    While Willy Caballero has deputised at the start of the season, Barcelona ‘keeper Claudio Bravo is set to seal a £17m move to take over the […]

  • Manchester City getting used to Guardiola style – Aguero

    Manchester City getting used to Guardiola style – Aguero

    Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero says Pep Guardiola is unlike any manager he has ever worked for before.

    Former Atletico Madrid striker Aguero says the City players are getting used to Guardiola’s methods, though, after winning the first two games of the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach’s reign.

    City edged past Sunderland 2-1 before their 5-0 victory away to Steaua Bucharest, which gave a glimpse of their new attacking style, and Aguero told reporters after the Champions League playoff win: “We […]

  • Claudio Bravo on verge of completing £22m move from Barcelona to Manchester City

    Claudio Bravo on verge of completing £22m move from Barcelona to Manchester City

    Pep Guardiola has been on the lookout for a new goalkeeper all summer to replace Joe Hart, who is set to leave the Etihad before the window closes.

    Hart, 29, has been at City for a decade but now looks surplus to requirements and will consider his future away from the club upon the Chilean stopper’s arrival.

    A fee of around £22m has already been agreed with the Barcelona for Bravo after the 33-year-old told the club he wanted to be part […]

  • Pep Guardiola is a radical who will perfect his ideas at Manchester City- Xavi

    Pep Guardiola is a radical who will perfect his ideas at Manchester City- Xavi

    When Barcelona named Pep Guardiola as their manager, I said to myself: ‘Madre mía, we’re going to be flying; this is going to rocket.’ I knew him already, knew what he was like. He’s pesado: heavy-going, insistent, hard work, intense. He’s a perfectionist. He’s obsessive; I knew he would keep going until he got it right. If Pep decided to be a musician, he would be a good musician. If he wanted to be a psychologist, he would be a […]

  • AC Milan pips Bayern Munich on penalties in Chicago

    AC Milan pips Bayern Munich on penalties in Chicago

    AC Milan and Bayern Munich played out an entertaining 3-3 draw at Soldier Field in Chicago, with the Italian giants taking out the win in a penalty shootout.

    M’baye Niang had Vincenzo Montella’s side up early with a well taken strike from outside the box. The lead, however, only lasted six minutes before Franck Ribery brought the German champions level.

    The two sides continued to trade goals throughout the match, with David Alaba scoring for Bayern and both Andrea Bertolacci and Juraj […]

  • Man City players are not overweight – Guardiola

    Man City players are not overweight – Guardiola

    Pep Guardiola denied dictating to his Manchester City players exactly what they can eat and said none were overweight, after Gael Clichy claimed the new manager had banned junk food and exiled out-of-shape stars.

    Speaking in China, where City are on a money-spinning pre-season tour, the French defender told the Guardian newspaper and other British media that former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach Guardiola had wasted no time in laying down the law.

    “You often hear managers say being healthy is really […]

  • Pep Guardiola bans pizza at Manchester City

    Pep Guardiola bans pizza at Manchester City

    Pep Guardiola has banned his first team players from eating pizza

    – The coach has also set up a strict diet regime for his over-weight players.

    – Man City stars who are overweight are not training with the first team

    Manchester City star Gael Clichy has revealed that new manager Pep Guardiola has set up a very tough diet regime to get his players to lose weight.

    The former Arsenal star revealed that pizza has been banned – it was a regular diet after […]