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Guardiola hails City’s ‘best’ as Keane, Neville blast United players

MANCHESTER City manager Pep Guardiola has described his side’s 4-1 win over Manchester United on Sunday as the best display from his team in recent times.

Guardiola’s side totally dominated their city rivals, with Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez each scoring twice at the Etihad Stadium to keep City six points ahead of Liverpool in the title race.

When he was asked to assess the positives of thrashing their neighbours despite City not being at their best, Guardiola said: “If the second half is not our best, I don’t know what we have to do. I’m so demanding but I know my limits and I know the players’ limits.

“United were eight games without defeat. I am the biggest critic of my team but when we play good, we play good, and second half we were really good. We should have scored more goals.”

United, then under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, had won on their previous trip to City, this time last year, but Guardiola added: “The truth is that when we’ve lost to them, we were already champions.”

Meanwhile, in their reaction to the result, Manchester United legends Roy Keane and Gary Neville laid heavily into the club’s underperforming stars.

“The worst thing you can say about United is that they gave up,” Keane fumed inside the Sky Sports studios. “To give up is unforgivable, really. They threw the towel in and that’s shameful. Five or six of them should never play for Manchester United again.

“Who’s running that dressing room? These guys seem more bothered about, ‘How am I looking? How’s my hair looking? Are my boots nice?’ You leave your ego at the door when you play for Man United.

“The United fans are not daft. They’re watching their team and seeing they’re not fighting. There are no excuses.”

Neville said the United side “finished like an absolute shower”, showing no resistance as City ploughed through them in the second half.

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