Guardiola gives excuse for Man City failing to create much at Man Utd

Pep Guardiola insisted that it was a case of one point earned rather than two points dropped after Manchester City drew 0-0 with Manchester United while explaining why there were few chances.

Both rivals struggled to create much against each other in the first derby behind closed doors since lockdown. In the end, there was little entertainment.

Each side had just two shots on target, and none of them went in. It made for a spectacle that left most people disappointed – but Guardiola was not necessarily one of them.

The City manager believes the point they earned will be valuable after insisting they never expected to have many chances against United anyway.

He told BBC Sport: “They started well after we finished the first half well.

“We created three or four clear chances, you cannot expect many against a team like United and a good point in the end. It will be a good point in the future.

“United is always a strong team, this is Old Trafford and in a few details they are out of the Champions League. They score when they can run but we controlled them really well.

“It is not a derby, it would be different with the people and maybe they pushed more. It is different every week without the people – the virus is still there, you have to be careful.”

Guardiola pleased with clean sheet

If there was one positive for City, it was that they kept a sixth clean sheet in a row – equalling their club record.

Indeed, Guardiola claimed that the clean sheet was the most important factor for his side – even if they need to be more clinical up front.

He added to Sky Sports: “The important thing is we didn’t concede. We had enough chances to win but the game was tight. Respect to both sides.

“We have to be a little bit more sharper up front.”

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Having Sergio Aguero available would help that, but the striker missed the game due to gastroenteritis.

Asked if the Argentine could return next week, Guardiola said: “Today was a problem in the stomach. It’s step by step.”

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