With a decorated squad as heavy as City’s, manager Pep Guardiola managed another late win on Sunday, beating West Ham United 2-1 at home.
This was their 3rd consecutive 2-1 victory in the Premier League, and the winners worked hard towards the death to show their character.
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As they lead rivals Manchester United by eight points going into the derby next week, certain Old Trafford fans believe their club can go out and hurt Pep’s side.
Raheem Sterling led the way in the previous games to hand them wins in tense situations at the death, and against West Ham, it was veteran David Silva’s brilliance that got them over the line.
City’s impeccable passing range and creativity upfront is a thing to cherish, but their defence has been exposed in the last few games by teams lower in the table. And against the Hammers, they conceded a goal from a set-piece with Nicolas Otamendi not closing down Angelo Ogbonna.
David Moyes’ men led courtesy of the goal at half-time, and it is only likely that the other top teams can hold City and end their unbeaten run. Bournemouth, Huddersfield, Southampton and now West Ham failed to see out their games against a side that found a moment of brilliance to kill them.
United have been in good form themselves, and their defensive resistance is top draw at the moment. This was visible against Arsenal, as Jose’s tactical prowess has kept the side 2nd in the table.
Fans took it out on social media site Twitter to highlight that the Old Trafford unit can beat their city rivals by attacking the goal on set-piece situations. Fans believe crosses are the way forward, and with the height United’s players have got, they feel it could be an advantage.
City are dreadful at defending set pieces. United will exploit this next weekend.
— Michael English (@mikeenglishcfc) December 3, 2017
West Ham need to keep this up. Theyve been excellent, closing down well and winning the second balls. City look suspect on set pieces.
— RedArmy (@OoAh_Cantona) December 3, 2017
City look vulnerable from set pieces, won't be lost on Mourinho.
— GregD (@GregsonDarren) December 3, 2017
We need to target City from set pieces next week. Get them crosses in.
— Sibs (@SibsMUFC) December 3, 2017
Written by Rajdeep Saha
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