Pep Guardiola insists that Manchester United can still catch up with Manchester City in this season’s championship race.
They kept their hopes of victory
Manchester United retained their faint hopes of winning the Premier League, beating Manchester City 2-0 at Etihad Stadium on Sunday, with a penalty kick by Bruno Fernandes and a shot by Luke Shaw, which earned Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team three points.
Reds are still behind “City”
The Red Devils are still 11 points behind their neighbours with just 10 games left, but Guardiola insists they still have a chance to bridge the gap if his team lets them focus. Asked if Manchester City can still pull Manchester United, Pep Guardiola said at a press conference ahead of Wednesday’s game against southampton: “Of course. Whenever there are opportunities, anything can happen in football. Nobody thought that we could win 21 games in a row, 15 in the Premier League, so anything can happen. A team like Manchester United can do it. There are 10 games left and we have to win six or seven to become champions. We’re going to try to win the first one tomorrow.”
Manchester City’s chances of winning the 2020/21 Premier League trophy were canceled in some quarters after they tied 1-1 at Etihad on December 15 at West Brom. Pep Guardiola’s team up to this point has been inconsistent: in their first 12 games there were four more draws and two losses, but since then they have almost made no mistake. They kicked off an exciting 21-game winning streak across all competitions, including 15 Premier League victories, with teams like Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea and Liverpool playing impressively. As a result, runner-up United dropped 14 points, but it remains to be seen how City will react to their invulnerability disguise slipped away during the weekend derby.