Talking points from West Ham

Guardiola brought on Jesus at half-time to counter West Ham’s defensive strategy

Guardiola brought on Jesus at half-time to counter West Ham’s defensive strategy Martin Rickett PA

Manchester United are optimistic ahead of a crucial period of fixtures as they are close to finding their best form, midfielder Ander Herrera said ahead of Sunday's top of the table showdown against Premier League leaders Manchester City. That said we again had to wait for the next goal. The danger was that City, ears warmed by a manager who had flung a water bottle away in disgust when the goal went in, would nearly certainly not be this casual again. "That is a lot", said Guardiola, whose team is yet to lose in any competition this season. The former Barcelona boss brought on Gabriel Jesus just after half-time to pair with Aguero in attack, with De Bruyne playing deeper in the midfield.

"I was very close to leaving, but now I am here and I am enjoying the little time I've had on the pitch to prove myself, and after the worldwide break we will see if I can get more".

There are those who claim that Manual Neuer's ability to play as a sweeper keeper gives him the edge over The Red Devils number one, but I'm not having that.

"We want to win the derby but we are taking it each game at a time".

Maybe they'll start calling it "Pep Time". "I don't think Manchester United will be all at the back because it's a good game, and just like us they also need the result".

Manchester City slumped to their first defeat of the season with a 2-1 loss to Shakhtar Donetsk in their final Champions League Group F game.

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"It is a big opportunity to win 18 points from 18 points".

Meanwhile, as Shearer said, the upcoming derby will be key in deciding what way Mourinho's side is heading towards, and it might be the earliest indicator of who the genuine title contenders are among them.

West Ham manager David Moyes was impressed with his side's performance against City and believes they have "a real chance" of avoiding relegation.

The Hammers were defensively solid and threatened to score before and after the first-half lead given to them by Ogbonna - with Diafra Sakho firing wide in the dying minutes.

"I would like [if] Paul could play against us - I like to face the team with the best players possible. David (de Gea) was fantastic, and we were clinical in the first half, with two chances in the first 15 minutes and two goals", Herrera told United's official website. "We were much, much better".

Sam Allardyce was back in the dugout and his Everton side showed an immediate response to his appointment beating Huddersfield Town 2-0.

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