Pep Guardiola was delighted by the way Raheem Sterling kept the ball at the end of Manchester City’s 3-1 win over Manchester United. The England international riled Ashley Young and Juan Mata with some showboating as the champions closed the game out in style at the Etihad Stadium.
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Guardiola had no such objections and only praise for the way City refused to give up the ball in the final moments of the game. “I liked it a lot when he did that,” said Pep. “The best way to defend the result is to keep the ball and he did it, with Leroy [Sane] and Phil [Foden].
“In that situation with two or three minutes left, they controlled it absolutely. It’s the best way because if you are defending anything can happen. “He make some movement with the legs and can avoid it but he’s young. He’s going to improve.”