Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola explains reason for naming six substitutes

"Every player and every team want to win this cup and we are going to work hard for the maximum [of winning the Champions League]".

'I thought Pep's comments at the weekend affected the crowd, ' said the West Brom boss. The German will play alongside Fernandinho and Kevin De Bruyne in a three-man midfield.

He said: 'When you see the numbers (101 goals), you say it can not be possible.

"If you look at where we came from a year ago we also had a spell in January/February where we didn't get a win for a while".

"I always remember Sir Alex said in 2005-06, when we won the second title with Chelsea, that we [United] need to improve a lot because they've raised the bar to such a level", Mourinho said.
"We have to avoid this kind of game as much as possible and do our game to make another step in the title race". "Pep Guardiola's side have only dropped one point at home all season while equalling the best ever record by a team after 24 matches of an English top-flight season". "We're still doing well but we could have done better".

City's players do not have to report for duty until Wednesday and they have been told to "forget a little bit about football" by Guardiola.

"We hoped that we could cause them problems like we did Liverpool but we couldn't".

West Brom manager Alan Pardew on loanee Daniel Sturridge: "You would have to put him in the same category as Harry Kane".

"We have only named six players on the subs bench because we don't have any more", he told Sky Sports before the game.

"All of our players ran their hearts out". De Bruyne missed another good chance just three minutes later, bending a clear shot on goal just over the crossbar.

Man City have been in phenomenal form this season and have only lost one and drawn two in 25 games.

"That's what you need to do here to win, score at the right time".

United now sit three points clear of Liverpool but with just five points separating second from fifth, the race for the top four is going to be close so Mourinho's side can't afford another slip-up tomorrow. The French International had an uneventful but good performance in City's defense, showing calm and composure on the ball, showing good distribution from the back.

At just under 11 seconds, it equalled the third fastest goal scored in the Premier League era after the 10-second efforts netted by former Spurs favourite Ledley King and Newcastle United's Alan Shearer.

  • Julie Sanders