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Bernardo Silva: “Our performance was not acceptable”

Silva spoke harshly about his own team.

Manchester United v Manchester City - Premier League Photo by Matt McNulty - Manchester City/Manchester City FC via Getty Images

Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva has labeled the team’s performance against cross-town rivals Manchester United as unacceptable. The Cityzens lost 2-0 to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Sunday. It was a surprising result as City were expected to win as Pep Guardiola boasts of a superior team than his counterpart in the opposite dugout. Having also emerged victorious on the ground in recent meetings, the visiting side was expected to continue that run.

Yet, Man City slumped to a third defeat in four meetings with the Red Devils this season.

Solskjær masterminded a victory for United the last time both sides squared up at the Etihad Stadium. The latest triumph made it the first time United will do a league double over City in the last decade.

Despite totally outplaying the home team and bossing possession with 72%, City failed to shine where it matters most. United dominated both halves in shots, recording a total of six on target to City’s four. But crucially, the Blues created few clear chances. In truth, there was no real threat to United’s goal despite all the time on the ball. And that’s what puts a question mark on the performance.

Although Guardiola leapt to the defence of his players (as can be expected) after the game, Silva holds a different view. The 25-year-old was less sympathetic in his post-match remarks stating that the Blues’ performance was not good enough.

”It was a bad game for us. Not acceptable. We didn’t start badly and were playing quite well until we conceded,” he stated.

”We know how good the Manchester United players are on the counterattack, very aggressive. So our performance was not acceptable.

”We will have to watch the game back and listen to what Pep has to say. But a team like ours cannot lose this many games. We need to check what’s not going right and try not to make so many mistakes”

The Portuguese has had an underwhelming campaign with City compared to last season despite recording five goals and the same number of assists in the Premier League. He will be hoping to help the team do better against Real Madrid in the Champions League. The team is also targeting progress in the FA Cup.