Published: Sat, September 23, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Southampton 0-1 Man United: Lukaku wins it

Southampton 0-1 Man United: Lukaku wins it

"If you have to play the competition you have to play the competition, but it is a title that when you win it is okay, but after that people don't give too much credit". He has an embarrassment of riches in midfield, Guardiola's favorite department.

Judging by the first games of the group stages, Chelsea has shown their group what they have to offer, after blowing away Qarabag with a 6-0 win.

There were eight alterations to the team sheet for the game against the Baggies compared to the team which thrashed Watford last weekend, with City facing a hectic schedule which includes games against Shakhtar Donetsk and Chelsea before the end of the month. Chelsea was the last team to enjoy success but will they be the crusaders for the English flag?

"We would love to be involved still, but unfortunately we are going to have to wait another year".

Palace, with no points and no goals so far, should be fearful.

In attack, Aguero and Gabriel Jesus are linking up well, either as a two up front or with Gabriel Jesus playing out wide in a 4-3-3.

"The majority of the game we were close to the goal with a lot of players inside the box and we are trying more and more". Hodgson will likely set up his team to play very defensively and deeply, and look to frustrate City while causing problems on the counterattack.

Premier League victor Alan Shearer will be joined by former Manchester City stars Paul Dickov and Shay Given who will meet with fans and help preview the weekend's live match action.

"But you know when you play for Man United winning is an expectation and an obligation but I like that obligation to be honest".

"He has the character to score goals", Guardiola said. "It has always been like this for nine years as a manager".

The Blues have also committed a league-high 68 fouls in the Premier League after five matchdays of 2017-18. The goals were spread around: no player scored more than 15, but four reached double-figures and the only first-team regular not to find the net was Philipp Lahm. One, of course, is Fernandinho and there are other ones. I make mistakes because it's my point of view, but I make the best for Southampton. "Palace do have quality", he insisted, back in serious mode.

There has been speculation about Aguero's future at the Etihad Stadium ever since Guardiola arrived in the summer of 2016, and it increased when he was left out of a couple of key fixtures last season.

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