Gary Neville: Manchester City Have Given Manchester United A Ray Of Hope

Manchester United 2 CSKA Moscow 1
Jose Mourinho made a pledge to Luke Shaw following brilliant display vs CSKA
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08 Diciembre, 2017

United were lacklustre going forward and failed to get a shot on target as City keeper Joe Hart enjoyed a comfortable evening in goal. You have to think about the future, the present, obviously, and then after it's the future.

The headline Premier League fixture this weekend between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford throws up a lot of talking points.

Happily, for United fans, the England duo gave their boss a timely reminder of what they have to offer.

"All three played a certain way and got joy with certain things - counter-attack has been a problem for City this week, set-pieces and corners have been a problem this week, deep and compact defences have also been a problem this week in terms of breaking them down".

For a player whose game is based on style and grace, it was a classless comment from Pogba.

As the Frenchman serves the first of his three-match suspension, Spaniard Mata is confident his team mates can step up and help second-placed United reduce the eight-point gap to their local rivals atop the table. City, with a pass completion rate of 88.8 per cent this season, do not look like a team with much fear of the ball. When the person is just that charismatic and has an aura that draws people in, everything that he touches becomes cool by association.

"I wanted to make changes, but Luke managed 90 minutes and I told him it is a opportunity to increase his levels". He was injured at the time but still went to see and congratulate his international teammates. Every single one. And he had a personal handshake for each person that he greeted.

The video was amazing.

United progressed as winners from Group A thanks to two goals in a minute from Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford, turning the tie with the Russians who led in the first half. Perhaps not, but it was a head-scratcher considering their decision to ask Pep Guardiola to clarify why he aggressively confronted Southampton's Nathan Redmond, despite the player himself explaining that the City manager was merely enthusiastically complimenting him. Bernardo doesn't - he believes and is ready to play. He could very well become the face of the sport for the younger generation.


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