Spe­cial show could have been bet­ter in­sists Ilkay

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - By CARL MARKHAM

MID­FIELDER Ilkay Gun­do­gan be­lieves City could have been even bet­ter in their first-half de­mo­li­tion of United.

Pep Guardi­ola’s tac­tics, play­ing Bernardo Silva as a false nine, con­fused their hosts and as a re­sult they were 3-0 up in a dom­i­nant open­ing 45 min­utes.

While United pulled one back af­ter the break City were lauded for their per­for­mance, but Gun­do­gan said although they were good they could have been bet­ter.

“Espe­cially in the first half, it was a spe­cial per­for­mance,” he said.

“We cre­ated so much and could have scored even more, but go­ing in at half- time lead­ing by three gave us a very good feel­ing.

“I felt on the pitch we could have done even bet­ter. Con­vert­ing our chances bet­ter, maybe put a lit­tle bit more on top of that, but it was great.

“I don’t want to com­plain about our first-half per­for­mance, it was a joy to watch.

“That was im­por­tant for the first leg, be­cause it feels great to go home for the sec­ond leg with this re­sult.

“It’s a great score for us, but it’s Man United so it’s not done yet. If we play sim­i­lar, then I don’t think they will have any chance.”

United won in the league at the Eti­had a month ago and that pro­vided part of their mo­ti­va­tion for the ap­proach at Old Traf­ford.

“Ob­vi­ously we were hurt­ing you can lose against this United side,” added Gun­do­gan.

“They are still a great club, great team with great play­ers, and have the qual­ity to beat ev­ery­one. We lost that game, and our aim was to not lose twice in a row against them, and the re­ac­tion was great.

“We saw a few videos from the league game, and said to our­selves we want to do bet­ter. But I al­ways start from zero, a new game, a new chal­lenge.”

Ilkay Gun­do­gan

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