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We Need To Be Clinical, Says Pep Guardiola After Manchester City Reach League final 

Manchester: Pep Guardiola called on Manchester City to find out the teachings of a 1-0 home defeat to Manchester United on Wednesday despite getting to a 3rd successive League final 3-2 on aggregate. The holders enjoyed the overwhelming majority of the probabilities but couldn't find how past the inspired David de Gea and went behind to United's first attempt on goal 10 minutes before half-time when Nemanja Matic fired home. United's hopes of completing a miraculous comeback were extinguished when Matic was then sent-off quarter-hour from time and City persisted to face Aston Villa at Wembley on March 1.

"In 180 minutes we were better than United," said Guardiola. "We created chances to attain tons of goals and didn't convert. we'd like to find out to be more clinical." City started like they did in racing into a 3-0 lead within 38 minutes of the primary leg at Old Trafford as they swarmed everywhere the visitors, who had De Gea to thank for keeping them within the tie. "I can't really comprehend how we lost this game," said City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne. "I think we got sloppy. "For me Manchester United did not have one chance today."


Sergio Aguero was first to threaten with a diving header that the Spaniard parried to safety before using his legs to repel Riyad Mahrez's effort. Bernardo Silva flashed an attempt across goal before more De Gea acrobatics denied Aguero again at his near post. United had not even mustered an attempt in anger for the primary 35 minutes, but suddenly the tie was back within the balance when Matic connected sweetly from the sting of the box after City did not clear a free-kick into the box.

The hosts did have the ball within the net before half-time when Raheem Sterling finished off a flowing team move, but the britain international was denied his first ever goal against United by an offside flag.


Sterling contrived to miss another glorious chance to kill the tie off just before the hour mark as he rounded De Gea but blasted over with just defenders on the road to beat. Guardiola then couldn't believe his eyes when David Silva tried to tee up Ilkay Gundogan instead of shoot with just De Gea to beat after Harry Maguire was caught in possession.

The tension among the house support was eased when Matic finally purchased persistent fouling when he chopped down Ilkay Gundogan to chop short a City counter-attack. "It's hard to travel here and score a goal with 11, nevermind 10," said United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.


"It's never a sending off on behalf of me – it is a joke." Aguero finally beat De Gea with a deft finish only to even be flagged offside within the closing stages as United salvaged some pride, if not their chances of a primary trophy since 2017. "I'm so pleased with these players," added Solskjaer. "They've beaten City now twice at their place. They've given us everything."

United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has not been present at recent games as animosity towards his part within the club's declining fortunes on the sector has grown. However, Woodward was attending at the Etihad just each day after a hooded mob attacked his home with flares and graffiti.


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