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Manchester City Have Given Manchester United A Ray Of Hope - Gary Neville

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David Silva celebrates after scoring Manchester City's winner against West Ham

"We knew we had to be patient, we came out flying in the second half, we tried to explain to the boys we still had time and then we started to relax a bit more and found those spaces".

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was in charge at Chelsea the last - and only - time any side racked up 40 points or more by this stage of the Premier League season.

"They played 10 players inside the box, it was nearly impossible". "It showed what we are".

Pep Guardiola praised his Manchester City side for evoking the spirit of some of Sir Alex Ferguson's great Manchester United teams as they scored another late victor to move eight points clear at the top of the table.

But even though they so almost drew all four games, the determination they have shown to grind out wins on each occasion suggests title-winning form. I am so pleased to see them playing that well.

Guardiola felt the change worked and plans to use it again against teams who defend deeply.

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"No, hopefully we don't have injuries", he said. We had two strikers in the second half and that helped, it was a big lesson for me.

David Moyes' side began to tire and City's persistence paid off with just seven minutes remaining when Silva acrobatically volleyed Kevin de Bruyne's brilliant, lofted pass into the far corner of the net, giving the recalled Adrian no chance.

City have threatened at a wobble in recent weeks, with late goals required to beat Huddersfield, Southampton and most recently West Ham in the league, as well as Feyenoord in the Champions League.

"I think we should have done much better with it", the former Everton and Manchester United boss told Sky Sports.

However, having conceded another goal from a set-piece against West Ham, Guardiola expects another aerial bombardment from United next week.

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