Pellegrini: We stopped playing with early intensity in United defeat

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini was left frustrated as his side were thrashed by fierce rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford. He also refused to be drawn into talking about his job security following the defeat, and instead was questioning why the Sky Blues didn’t maintain their earlier intensity, reports Sky Sports.

Manchester City started the game brilliantly, and found an early opener for their efforts. Sergio Aguero put the away side ahead following relentless pressure. But after conceding an equaliser minutes after, the Sky Blues tailed off midway into the first-half, and conceded once more to throw away a winning position.

Manuel Pellegrini’s men crumbled in the second-half, and never looked like they would threaten a win after the break. They eventually lost 4-2, with Aguero grabbing a brace for his troubles. The City manager has been under pressure all season as their title bid has failed, but wouldn’t speak about his own future, and wanted the focus to be on the result and preparations to amend their form.

The Chilean coach was at a loss to explain why Manchester City’s early intensity was ended in the first-half, as he feels it had a big factor in the result.

“United played very well after the first 20 minutes in which we played very well. We scored a goal and had two or three more clear chances to score but we didn’t and they started growing. We didn’t continue playing the way we started the first 20 minutes and we lost the marks, we couldn’t continue playing against a very tough Manchester United,” he said.

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