Pep Guardiola’s unusual role in Raheem Sterling contract talks revealed

Lynette Rowe
November 11, 2018

Marcus Rashford is relishing the opportunity to take on Manchester City again, revealing his 2016 derby victor for Manchester United was the highlight of his young career.

The 23-year-old enjoyed the most prolific campaign of his career last season, netting 23 goals in all competitions as City won the Premier League title with a record 100 points.

The Premier League champions, meanwhile, are facing serious allegations of financial wrongdoing after German magazine Der Spiegel - via the platform Football Leaks - claimed city had misled Uefa to avoid Financial Fair Play penalties.

"I think in this time I realised that it is unfair because I don't know why you should criticise Raheem", Guardiola told a news conference ahead of Sunday's Manchester derby.

City looked like they could cut through United at will down their left, with Benjamin Mendy, Sterling and David Silva combining well to make life hard for makeshift right-back Ashley Young. See which team they went with and then take our poll and make your own pick.

United have big problems at centre back. "Sometimes we ask for, or we demand a lot from our players when they are so still young, but it is okay".

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With Romelu Lukaku still a probable doubt, one of Alexis Sanchez or Marcus Rashford could lead the line but we are fancying the latter to do so with the directness in terms of his style of play.

Further forward, Anthony Martial is a certainty on the left wing after contributing five league goals since the start of October while Juan Mata could feature on the opposite flank after his match-defining free-kick in the comeback triumph over Juventus. The pressure is on City as they are expected to win.

On Mourinho, he added: 'I admire not just Jose, all the managers, especially when they are in tough problems.

The home side started the match at a ferocious pace and, such was City's dominance, the opening goal actually felt long overdue despite coming after only 12 minutes.

"Not every player does that, because some of them are so tied up in the game themselves, but Herrera does not just remember his role, he remembers other people's too".

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