Marcha 20, 2018

Jamie Carragher explains why Manchester City are ahead of Manchester United

29 Diciembre 2017, 11:06 | Cornelio Vivanco

Aleksandar Mitrovic has yet to start a Premier League game for Newcastle this campaign

Aleksandar Mitrovic has yet to start a Premier League game for Newcastle this campaign

This kind of thing can only happen when you are brave and have courage.

Guardiola, formerly the manager at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, has led Manchester City to a 15 point lead at the top of the PremierLeague after the Citizens claimed an 18th straight victory with a 1-0 victory over Newcastle on Wednesday.

Carragher was full of praise for De Bruyne after the match, saying: "Where we are saying City have won the league, I feel like De Bruyne has almost won player of the year".

City tried and failed to sign several centre-backs in the summer, but not primarily to replace the captain.

Yet no sooner was the £75m purchase of Virgil van Dijk announced than Carragher was on television pinpointing the technical deficiencies of the Dutchman. But while the deficit remained at a single goal, theoretically at least the hosts retained hopes.

But by the end of August, around the time the transfer window closed, Guardiola finally decided that enough was enough.

Speaking at a press conference, Guardiola said: "That's top". However, Guardiola highlighted defender Nicolas Otamendi's contributions as the key reason for their recent success.

That score was by no means an anomaly from the blue side of Manchester though as it was the same score they had defeated Liverpool by two weeks earlier and one less than they had beaten Watford by the previous week. "We cannot rely on him for a long time". I am so happy for him.

The City manager is not, contrary to claims, the reason the EPL has seen itself derided as a "joke league". "January is tough, with Carabao Cup and Premier League games, FA Cup".

The Spaniard was able to breathe a sigh of relief when City's Ilkay Gundogan escaped a serious injury when Newcastle winger Jacob Murphy somehow went unpunished for a reckless challenge on the midfielder. He is a special talent and a really special player.

Also in Scotland, the opinion still prevails that Sir Alex Ferguson's noblest triumph of all came north of the border, not with Manchester United.

Newcastle next? If so, he will have us understand that relegation would be no fault of his.

Fabian Delph was not fit for the Newcastle match, but Guardiola confirmed that there has been improvements.

A 2-2 home draw with Burnley on Tuesday did little to lift Mourinho's spirits, but it would have been even worse but for Jesse Lingard's brace as United recovered from two goals down.

No one supposedly could stop the "Invincibles" of 2003/04, or a Red Devils team that had lifted three successive titles from 2007 to 2009. Did United fans want Fernandinho or Nemanja Matic?

Today, I wanted to look at just how good Manchester City have been at the Etihad in 2017. He has improved the strongest area of his game, aerial duels, even further, and has now discovered the ability and the confidence to play the right pass at the right time.

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