first_imgCrystal Palace were the unfortunate victims as Manchester City’s fabled attack displayed the ruthless streak it has lacked at vital times during the season on Saturday.A 5-0 home victory with five different scorers lifted City into third place above Liverpool in the battle for a top-four finish behind leading two Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.With leading marksman Sergio Aguero out injured, David Silva struck after two minutes and the floodgates opened after the break with Vincent Kompany, Kevin de Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Nicolas Otamendi all on target.City’s Saturday goal spree means they have now scored 70 goals — the lowest tally of the top four — but manager Pep Guardiola believes that total should be far higher.”Tottenham is the only team I can think of who created more chances than us,” Guardiola told the club’s website.”We are the best team in the league when it comes to creating chances — there is no competition.”Our problem is finishing these chances — this is the most difficult thing in football. Against (Manchester) United we created 19 chances — no goals. The numbers don’t lie, though, we have created so many chances but haven’t scored enough.”I remember the game against Everton where we lost 4-0 and they only had four attempts at goal. We created so many yet we lost so this is something we must work on.”City completely dominated and should have been more than one goal ahead at the break with Leroy Sane twice denied by Wayne Hennessey. Guardiola said he feared a repeat of last week’s 2-2 draw at Middlesbrough when City dropped crucial points.advertisement”I told my players at halftime to score another goal or we could forget the win because had we arrived with 20 minutes to go with just a one goal lead,” the Spaniard said.”I think it would have been a difficult finish. Players are always looking at the clock, so scoring early of course helps.”last_img read more

first_imgThree wins in three games for Manchester United under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, 12 goals scored and an Old Trafford crowd that, like the players themselves, are enjoying football again.No one at United wants to talk about previous boss Jose Mourinho as they want his name consigned to the history books, but then again Paul Pogba wanted to make a point.Pogba scored twice in Sunday’s 4-1 win over Bournemouth, after a double against Huddersfield Town on Boxing Day, and he exuded confidence and positivity throughout the match and just enough diplomacy after it to avoid a direct criticism of Mourinho, with whom he had a fraught relationship.”We are Manchester United and we need to be at the top of the league, it is just a reaction of all of the players and everyone is enjoying themselves,” said Pogba.”It is different, we still won games with the old manager but it is just a different style of playing, we are more offensive and we are creating more chances and that is how we want to play,” he added.”I always want to do more, but I want to play for the team and play simple.”After wins over Cardiff City and Huddersfield, United continued to play with a verve and imagination that was missing during the latter stages of the Mourinho reign.”We needed the win and we had a great performance as well. We are coming back, and there is still a long way to go, but to finish the year like that is beautiful,” said the French World Cup winner.advertisement”We played well today. We showed the crowd what we can do.”@VLindelof on #MUNBOU and @PaulPogba… United (@ManUtd) December 30, 2018Solskjaer was full of appreciation for Pogba’s performance whilst offering a hint of what he doesn’t want to see from the former Juventus midfielder.”That is a top, top performance from a midfielder because it is all-round – it is work-rate, it is dangerous in the box, winning headers, winning tackles and there is no showboating,” he said of Pogba.Ole was certainly impressed with #MUFC’s attacking display against Bournemouth! Check out our Official App for more reaction: United (@ManUtd) December 30, 2018″It is touch, pass, move, he plays an efficient game and Paul knows he is at his best when he plays that game,” added the Norwegian.Solskjaer said he hadn’t felt the need to tell Pogba to cut out the showboating but clearly believes his message has got through.”It is the same I have said to all the players – we want to see the best out of them, enjoying themselves, expressing themselves, within the framework of how we want to see the team play. All of them have really performed up to top standards,” he said.Also Read | Manchester City return to winning ways, Chelsea beat Crystal PalaceAlso Read | Salah’s gesture towards Firmino made Klopp emotional: I almost criedlast_img read more