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Man City manager Pep Guardiola reacts to Man Utd defeat: 'They waited for our mistakes.'

Updated: Mar 12, 2020

Pep Guardiola pleased with his side's display but not the result.[Getty]
Pep Guardiola pleased with his side's display but not the result.[Getty]

Pep Guardiola says his Manchester City side fell short in the final third as they were beaten 2-0 by Manchester United on Sunday.

Two mistakes from Ederson handed the Red Devils a derby victory over the Citizens at Old Trafford.

Anthony Martial broke the deadlock in the 30th minute before midfield ace Scott McTominay wrapped up the win in the dying minute for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side.

It was Guardiola's first Premier League loss at Old Trafford, and following the game the Spaniard told BBC Sport: "We played good, we missed a little in the final third but the second half was better and it was a good performance.

"We play the same way, tried the press and defend well and we did well.

"Our game is there, we played really good in terms of coming here. They wait and did long balls on the counter-attack for Daniel James and Anthony Martial.

"We did our game but unfortunately we conceded a goal. They waited for our mistakes.

"Kevin de Bruyne is getting better, I don't know when he will come back but he is getting better."

While speaking to Sky Sports, the City boss said: "We played good. We conceded a goal and should have avoided it, but in the second half we played good as well.

"So congratulations to Manchester United. The quality of the opponent always count.

"We played good. Yes, we could have played better if we win 5-0.

On Ederson's costly mistakes, Guardiola said: "He saved one or two, he's an exceptional goalkeeper. I don't come to judge my players, mistakes are part of the game. He will recover and is an exceptional goalkeeper."



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