Man Utd, City Play Goalless Draw

manu--cityManchester United and Manchester City, on Sunday, played out a goalless draw in their derby at Old Trafford.

With the result, City returned to the top of the English Premier League, ahead of Arsenal, on goal difference.

United and City played out a dour 0-0 draw at old trafford that was short on entertainment as well as chances with both sides cancelling each other out.

Only ‘Bad Luck’

Manchester United Manager, Louis van Gaal, claimed his side controlled the game against City for 90 minutes, saying only ‘bad luck’ prevented them from claiming all three points.

City boss, Manuel Pellegrini, is however happy with his team’s defensive performance.

Meanwhile, Tottenham’s Harry Kane returned to goal scoring form with a hat-trick, as Spurs came from behind to thrash Bournemouth five goals to one.

Also, Sunderland moved off the bottom of the League table, following a three nil win over north-east rivals and fellow strugglers, Newcastle. Liverpool and Southampton played out a 1-1 draw.

United, City Bosses Praise Team’s Performance

Manchester United, City Bosses Praise Team's PerfomanceManagers of English Premier League giants, Manchester United and Manchester City, have expressed satisfaction with their team’ performance in Wednesday night’s UEFA Champions League.

Manchester United manager, Luis Van Gaal, said he is happy with the team performance despite a 1-1 draw in Russia against CSKA Moscow.

David De Gea saved Roman Eremenko’s penalty, but Seydou Doumbia scored the rebound to put the Russian side ahead after a handball from Anthony Martial.

Martial consequently redeemed himself with a second-half header to level the match.

The Red Devils are now on 4 points from three matches, but two points behind leaders Wolfsburg.

Meanwhile, Manchester City manager, Manuel Pellegrini, is brimming with confidence after Kevin De Bruyne secured a stoppage time 2-1 win over Sevilla.Manchester United, City Bosses Praise Team's Perfomance

Pellegrini praised the team’s character for fighting back after conceding an early goal and boost their chances of reaching the last 16 round of the competition.

Going into the match, City had won only five of their 15 home Champions League matches.

Sevilla will be hosting Manchester City on November 3 in Spain.

Manchester Utd, City Prepare Ahead UCL Clashes

Manchester Utd, City Prepare Ahead UCL ClashesManchester United and their rival, Manchester City are concentrating on their Champions League games on Wednesday night despite the duo’s derby this Sunday.

The Red Devils manager, Louis Van Gaal, said he would be satisfy with a point from a tricky away fixture against CSKA Moscow, especially after the team decided to do their pre-match training session at home in Manchester.

United striker, Wayne Rooney says he is hoping for a good result and any goals to his name would just be a bonus.

PSV, Eindhoven and Wolfsburg complete Group B where all four teams have three points from two games.

In the meantime, Manchester City manager, Manuel Pellegrini, says he is wary of a tough Sevilla side, as they prepare without star duo David Silva and Sergio Aguero.

Pellegrini’s men host their Spanish opponents in the Champions League Group D clash and go into the game on the back of their comfortable 5-1 English Premier League victory over Bournemouth.

The manager, who had just 16 senior players in training, had also brought in youngster, Bersant Celina to the session, as he assesses his squad’s casualty list.

Aguero, Toure Can Strike A Chord At Old Trafford – Rosler

ToureUwe Rosler believes Manuel Pellegrini should bring in a change in system for his former club to gain a positive result in their visit to local rivals Manchester United on Sunday.

The former Manchester City striker watched City’s 2-1 defeat at Crystal Palace on Monday, which left Pellegrini’s side a point behind their Manchester rivals in the Barclays Premier League going into this weekend’s encounter at Old Trafford.

City kept 75% of possession and created 14 chances in their defeat at Selhurst Park, leaving Rosler heartened by their performance, but the defending Barclays Premier League champions have slipped to fourth after losing three of their last five league matches.

Speaking on Premier League TV, Rosler said deploying Yaya Toure behind Sergio Aguero as a lone striker could help combat the possession football played by United.

“[Against Crystal Palace] They gave everything,” Rosler said. “David Silva, in my opinion, was outstanding. They lacked a bit of belief after the second goal for 20 minutes, but then Samir Nasri came on and gave them new momentum. But that is done now and you have a good week of preparation before the derby.

“With Dzeko not in the best form, maybe play with one striker and have Yaya Toure as the second one in behind and give him a little bit more of a free role.

“Fernandinho was good [against Palace] and Milner can play in the centre of the park, very disciplined, very solid. Then you have a team to attack as well as being solid in defence.

“His [Manuel Pellegrini’s] strength is he believes in his system, in the way he’s playing. It gave him success, he won titles with that. But sometimes you don’t go away from your philosophy but sometimes you can’t take everyone on with two strikers. Sometimes it’s good to adjust a bit to your opposition without adjusting your beliefs.”

Dropping Dzeko would be a surprise because the Bosnian has enjoyed good form at Old Trafford, scoring four goals there over the past three seasons but Rosler stressed the importance of avoiding defeat in the derby for City, who can return to second this weekend if they win and Arsenal slip up at Burnley on Saturday.

“Manchester City can’t afford to lose that game,” Rosler, who scored 29 goals in 78 BPL matches for City, said.

“It’s very important for the whole club, the manager, to finish the season on a positive note, with the positive momentum, and that means going to Old Trafford and getting a result.”

 

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Iheanacho Scores As Manchester City Defeats Sporting Kansas City

IheanachoFormer Under 17 World cup star, Kelechi Iheanacho scored a goal in Manchester City’s emphatic win over Sporting Kansas City on Thursday.

Iheanacho played almost the full game as the English Premier League champions began their tour of the USA with a 4-1 victory over Sporting Kansas, scored a late goal with an accomplished finish.

The 17 year old, who scored six goals in seven matches for the Manu Garba tutored Golden Eaglets side at the FIFA Under 17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates last year, winning the Silver Boot as the second highest goalscorer and the Golden Ball as the best player, produced an eye-catching performance, earning praises from coach Manuel Pellegrini.

Pellegrini also hinted that Iheanacho has a bright future at the club and will be important in future.

“Kelechi is just 17 years old and he’s a very important player for us in the future. He demonstrated today what he can do in the future.

“It depends on the way he takes this profession, but I think he’s a good talent. He’s a very important player for the future for the club”, he said.

Iheanacho joined the squad on the trip to Scotland, alongside compatriot Chidiebere Nwakali, for games against Dundee and Hearts and was then invited into Manuel Pellegrini’s 23-man squad for the tour of the United States.

Other scorers for the EPL winners were Bruno Zuculini , Dedryck Boyata and Aleksandar Kolarov with CJ Sapong getting a consolation for Sporting Kansas City.

In the mean time, it is believed that he will be loaned out to a club outside England despite his impressive performance so far in the pre – season  as Manchester City are working really hard to secure a work permit for him which might take a while as he has not had a game for the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

Wigan Stun Man City Again In FA Cup Win

Wigan beat Man CityDefending FA Cup champions, Wigan Athletic shocked Manchester City in the FA Cup for the second time in consecutive seasons after producing a remarkable 2-1 win at the Etihad Stadium.

Jordi Gomez put the Latics ahead from the penalty spot in the first half, and James Perch added a second after half-time with a finish at the back post.

Manuel Pellegrini’s team pulled one back through Samir Nasri but could not find an equalizer as Wigan defended with all they had.

Wigan also beat City in last year’s Wembley final and edged a pulsating tie at the Etihad after some heroic defending.

Wigan Athletic’s reward for their outstanding victory over Manchester City is a semi-final clash against Arsenal.

For the other semi-final game, Hull City has been drawn against Sheffield United. The Tigers eased to a 3-0 victory against Sunderland at the KC Stadium on Sunday.

The games will be played at Wembley over the weekend of April 12/13.