Mourinho blames his defence for Manchester United's attacking woes

Arnold Nichols
September 3, 2018

Benitez's side were beaten 2-1 by Premier League champions Manchester City.

It had also emerged that captain Jamaal Lascelles had had a disagreement with his manager and a heated exchange with team-mate Matt Ritchie at the club's training ground. Can we finish it with six out of six wins?

However, DeAndre Yedlin levelled the game before half-time to give the Magpies a chance of replicating the job that Wolverhampton Wanderers did against the hosts last weekend.

"Last game Phil Foden was not in the squad", Guardiola told his post-match press conference. "I'm delighted with the points and the way we played". I think it's unfortunate that they have played Man City, Chelsea and Tottenham on the opening day of the season. Although they were held to a draw by Wolves in their last outing, they beat Arsenal 2-0 at The Emirates and thumped Huddersfield Town 6-1 in their only home game of the new campaign so far. The physical battle with John Stones and Aymeric Laporte was one to relish and some wonderfully astute play created Yedlin's goal.

A trip to Cardiff could be a banana skin which City will have to fight hard to bypass, but Guardiola's men will hopefully be in full rhythm by then, and the Carabao Cup game against League One side Oxford is another one City will be odds-on to prevail in - although if Guardiola fields a heavily weakened team, you never know...

City were shaken by that equaliser, and were still labouring to find a way back in front when they came up with a goal from nowhere seven minutes into the second half.

"We will have some players on the worldwide break now, but some players will stay there and we will analyse things".

"Step by step we will get our best condition", Guardiola said.

"The performance in defence against Chelsea was really good, and today against a fantastic team that won the league, we were still there".

"We will improve. I don't have doubts about that".

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