Winning is the only way out of this slump says Pellegrini
MANUEL Pellegrini knows how City can improve – win.
The Blues are on an awful run in 2015, having been neck-and-neck with Chelsea on New Year’s Day.
Sixteen games and just five wins later, City now find themselves fighting for a top-four finish.
After losing his first Manchester derby, Pellegrini was not in the mood to explain or elaborate when asked what the Blues need to do to return to form.
“Winning. That is the only way,” said the manager, who also dismissed talk of his future as “not important”.
Offered the chance to give the City faithful a message, he called on supporters to stick with the team.
“I think the fans of City are very important fans,” he said. “Maybe we are not in a good moment but I am sure they will continue supporting this group.
“We had a whole year in second place. We had a bad 2015 and a very bad week.
“We have to all together play the next six games to recover our position.
“We have 18 points more to play for, so we must try not to make it a dramatic moment.
“We now have two games at home, we must try to recover from this defeat.
“We must try to win the next game.”
It could have been so different for City. Sergio Aguero opened the scoring inside 10 minutes, and Jesus Navas had missed a chance before then. But Pellegrini acknowledged that his side had paid the price for dropping their standards after a blistering first 20 minutes, and admitted the team had played a part in their own downfall.
He also took time to defend Yaya Toure, who came in for criticism from fans and pundits.
“(Marouane) Fellaini is in a good moment but Yaya marked him very well in the first half,” he said. “After that we had to take more risks and they had space – finally they won the game.
“I don’t think it was a problem of pace or the United team – it was our own mistakes on at least two goals.
“We had a lot of chances at the start of the game to score another goal.”