Premier League Legend Explains Why Manchester United Can Still Win The Title

Mourinho aims dig at Guardiola over Silva injury

The 18-year-old managed his first start under the new manager on Sunday as his team succumbed to a hard fought 2-1 loss at the Etihad Stadium against Manchester City, in the process staying deep in trouble in the Premier League.

Guardiola said he would have preferred winning before the last moments.

But the way they are going right now, you would back them to deal with anything that is thrown at them. The surprise was that everyone in a West Ham side whose application has routinely fallen well short this season could, on this evidence alone, fit that definition. "He played really well, the test now is can he do it against Chelsea next week and then against Arsenal".

In fact the lack of activity, of lightning-quick interchanges from City or gross pieces of defensive neglect from West Ham, made things all the more fascinating.

It dates back to Euro 2016, when the incoming City boss called Raheem and told him how important he was going to be in his team.

West Ham's performance was, at this point, straight out of the textbook.

They are replaced by Swansea City who lost 2-1 to Stoke City in a much needed win for Mark Hughes. "It will be special for me to see England play Belgium in the World Cup, but I have to ask Gary Cahill and Danny Drinkwater not to kick Eden in that game", he joked.

The Spain worldwide was simply outstanding, making an astonishing 14 saves - the highest ever in the Premier League - which is a number you would normally expect from a keeper playing for a side in the relegation zone against a top of the table side, and definitely not what you'd imagine in a meeting between two of the Premier League's top sides. I felt, on another day, it might have just gone our way.

Otamendi restored parity shortly after the break but, until Silva's late intervention, it appeared that City's search for a victor would prove fruitless. Eventually, though, minds and bodies were not quite fresh enough to hold out. You have to try to solve it [when teams pack the defense]. Diafra Sakho would have altered that sentiment had he not blazed wide at the end when teed up by Arnautovic. "They wouldn't come out for the game, they came for the counterattack only". West Ham, who have won only twice all season, sit 19th - three points behind West Bromwich Albion in 17th.



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