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‘I’d have looked quite foolish’

- GIDEON BROOKS

changing room,” he said after the goal was checked for handball.

“We’ve scored in the last minute... then someone says there’s a wait and that the goal might be ruled out.

“I would have looked quite foolish if the camera had been on me and it had got disallowed.

“We’ve had that a couple of times this season, one at Tottenham where it was ruled out for being offside for a couple of millimetre­s.” Wilder’s counterpar­t Solskjaer bemoaned the fact Manchester United did not have a shot on target in the first half.

“Sheffield United looked like they wanted it more than us and believed in their game plan more than we did,” said Solskjaer.

“I was angry, disappoint­ed. I had to wake them up at half-time. Suddenly they were then trying things and it took the fear away.

“This team don’t give in now and that’s such a difference from last year. The boys would have learnt a lesson for 70 minutes.” giving up their title without a fight.

Guardiola would concede that City have not been at their best this season. For most of the first half against Frank Lampard’s exciting Chelsea side, City looked like heavy-legged champs.

But what they did show was spirit and experience – Kevin De Bruyne cancelling out N’Golo Kante’s opening goal before Riyad Mahrez clinched the three points.

Guardiola said: “People can say we play good or bad, but give up? That is not going to happen. My teams always try.

“I think it’s not a good message for society, for our kids, for our teenagers, showing them that just the winner is perfect. We are creating a his injured defender Aymeric Laporte and forward Leroy Sane.

Chelsea gave City the runaround for much of the first half, taking the lead on 21 minutes when Kante outmuscled Benjamin Mendy to get on the end of a Mateo Kovacic pass and hook it in.

For all that promise, they became ragged. De Bruyne’s shot deflected in off Kurt Zouma and Fikayo Tomori, then Mahrez wriggled past Kovacic and Emerson to hit the winner.

MAN CITY (4-1-4-1): Ederson 6; Cancelo 7, Stones 7, Fernandinh­o 8, Mendy 4; Rodri 5 (Gundogan 52, 5); Mahrez 6, De Bruyne 7, Silva 5 (Foden 67, 6), Sterling 4; Aguero 5 (Jesus 76).

Goals: De Bruyne 29, Mahrez 37.

CHELSEA (4-3-2-1): Kepa 5; Azpilicuet­a 5, Zouma 6, Tomori 7, Emerson 4 (James 59, 6); Kante 6, Jorginho 6 (Mount 74), Kovacic 7; Willian 6, Pulisic 6; Abraham 5 (Batshuayi 74). Goal: Kante 21.

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