Guardiola: It's a pity it was a special day for United

Guardiola: It's a pity it was a special day for United

"They show me many good things in the season", said the Spaniard, whose team can clinch the Premier League title with a win over Manchester United this Sunday morning.

But three second half goals from Paul Pogba (brace) and Chris Smalling made sure City would have to postpone their title celebrations. Some penalties in the first half, some in the second half but we have to improve.

Guardiola continued to stress that you have to take your chances at this level, adding: "Football is boxes at that level".

And Chris Smalling, so fragile in the United defense in the first half, came through with the victor in the 69th minute when he was left unmarked to meet Alexis Sanchez's free kick.

United, serial winners of the Premier League under former manager Alex Ferguson, will be desperate to throw a spanner in City's works and reclaim a modicum of pride. There is something special about Liverpool's Anfield on European nights as it transforms into a swirling cauldron of noise capable of inspiring its hosts and intimidating their foes as Manchester City discovered yesterday.

"And also during the game Liverpool were more alert, more aggressive and overpowered Manchester City".

Guardiola's current contract expires next summer but he said to be keen to stay and build on this impressive season, with City close to winning the Premier League.

"United found their game, found their actions, they have spirit".

However sweet it would have been to become champions with its greatest rivals - and record 20-time English champions - on the same pitch, City's priority is conquering the continent.

But the 3-0 defeat had a hard impact.

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Guardiola won two Champions Leagues as Barcelona coach, but despite all his domestic success in Germany, his Bayern Munich were side were knocked out in the semi-finals three times in a row.

Lingering doubts over Aguero mean it is likely Gabriel Jesus will have a role to play.

"The bus incident had no effect on us", Vincent Kompany said.

They weren't missed, in the first half at least.

However, what happened at Anfield on Wednesday would have given the Catalan coach food for thought.

And within 5 minutes and 15 seconds, the ball was in David de Gea's net again.

Five minutes later, it appeared all but in the bag as Pep Guardiola's men struck again in style, Sterling finding Ilkay Gundogan, who turned away from Ander Herera and finished low into the corner.

City was shredding through United easily, enjoying the freedom to stroll across the pitch. "No one was in the dressing room dancing around and celebrating after the halftime result".

Guardiola said: "We went out from the stadium and the police were there".

"Being honest, in pre-season we did not expect to have the season we have".

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