Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was reasonably pleased with a deserved derby victory, but played down any title talk. David Silva’s early goal was added to by Sergio Aguero just minutes into the second half, only for Anthony Martial to reduce the deficit from the spot and bring back memories of United’s famous comeback in April.
But Jose Mourinho’s men were unable to stave off defeat at the Etihad Stadium, where substitute Ilkay Gundogan wrapped up a 3-1 win. “First half not so good,” Guardiola said. “We played like ‘I don’t want to lose the ball but not the intention to attack or to do something’. “I feel when I watch my players, a team that feel a little bit the pressure.
They want to do well in the derby. That’s normal. “Despite of that, we were stable, we score one goal, the first 15 minutes was so good and after that we didn’t press so well. “They could play more than usual but the second half we start from the beginning much, much better.
“We change the way we press (Victor) Lindelof and (Chris) Smalling, and of course the goal helped us lot from Sergio. “After we concede one goal, it is inevitable to think about last season (United’s 3-2 comeback win) what happened again in that situation.
“But we didn’t concede one other chance, we defend so well. “The free-kicks, they are so strong more than us, and especially when Gundogan and Raheem (Sterling) go in positions like striker, we had extra passes and play so good. “The last 30 minutes, we made a very, very good game.”
City boast a two-point cushion at the top after 12 games – a stage reached with three unbeaten teams for the first time in English top-flight history. “It is two points,” Guardiola said. “Four points from Chelsea. It is nothing it’s good, especially where we come from.”
He added: “It is November so we haven’t even finished the first round. A lot can happen in football. We are scoring a lot of goals and creating a lot.”