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Manchester City Fall to Manchester United, 1-2: Reaction & Tweets

Pep and his men lose the Derby.

Manchester City v Manchester United - Premier League Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images

Manchester City title race aspirations were severely hit after a 2-1 home defeat to Manchester United.

On a day where inspiration and initiative lacked for the champions and, as has happened on a number of occasions this season, VAR decisions didn’t fall our way, the visitors scored two first half goals and defended in numbers the remainder of the game.

Nicolas Otamendi pulled a goal back at the 85’, but there wasn’t enough time to find a leveler.

On to the reaction:

Pep Guardiola Reaction

“I liked my team, how they play, We conceded a little bit more than usual.”

Obviously they do the counter attack with James, Martial and sometimes it’s difficult to control that.”

“We concede 4/5 counter attacks [in the first 20 minutes]. Penalty and other situations happened, all the other teams are also doing that. Normally we are able to control it but today we didn’t. It is on the quality of the players.”

“It doesn’t matter if it’s 5, 14 or 20 points, we have to continue. If we don’t win this time, we are going to try next season.”

“It happens [players dropping off]. It want my team to play like I want them to, after that the counter attacks, when situations happens, when we struggle in some departments. We will make it better next season.”

“The norm isn’t winning all the leagues - sometimes you lose. The important thing is to not give up. In all the games we have played this season, we have played how I want us to play.”

Pep on his exchange with OGS: ‘It was a joke. He complained about hands, and i said ‘Today, please don’t talk about the hands!’

On VAR “Next season it will be better, or we will be luckier. Next season.”

Kyle Walker Reaction

Notable Tweets

**********Lastly, Man City released a no nonsense and strong statement against the fan accused of racial abuse at the Etihad tonight: