Premier League, Manchester Derby: Suspension, ban verdicts for Paul Pogba, Pep Guardiola

Premier League, Manchester Derby: Suspension, ban verdicts for Paul Pogba, Pep Guardiola

Manchester City came from behind for the second week running to beat West Ham United 2-1 at the Etihad and retain their eight point lead over Manchester United heading into next weekend's Manchester Derby.

But City played both in the second half on Sunday as they laid siege to Adrian's goal and Guardiola said the performance of the Argentine and Brazilian in tandem had given him plenty to consider.

Star striker Sergio Aguero was substituted late on against West Ham having only taken two shots on goal for the match, yet Guardiola claims a recent dip in form is partly due to his recovery from a previous auto accident, coupled with more stringent opposition marking.

"We're going to have to try and find a way to see if we can stop them and make it hard for them", a characteristically phlegmatic Moyes had asserted before the teams emerged.

Pep Guardiola was happy that his side got another Premier League win against West Ham. The Manchester Derby, just couldn't be set up any better, could it.

De Gea's double save from Alexandre Lacazette and Alexis Sanchez in particular was otherworldly.

However, according to Alan Shearer, locals rivals Manchester United still pose an huge threat to the Sky Blues' position as favourites to win the title.

The wheels look as if they are coming off Tottenham Hotspur's hopes of making it into the top four this season.

The big German's ability to pass the ball like a midfielder and race off his line to disrupt attacks is great, however, it's nothing more than a bonus.

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.

United take on City at Old Trafford on Sunday, hoping to close the gap at the top of the table to five points.

Puel has encouraged a more possession based approach since his arrival at The King Power and has tweaked the teams tactics slightly; Riyad Mahrez has moved into a free role behind Jamie Vardy and talented youngster Demarai Gray has been promoted to the starting XI.

The Irons, who appeared more organised than they have done in recent matches, finally got the goal they deserved when Angelo Ogbonna headed home from an Aaron Cresswell cross and scored his first in the Premier League just before the break.

Funnily enough Leicester are now above The Saints in the table, and the issues with finishing that cost Puel during his time there still remain.

Manchester City may be the club showing the best football in Europe's top leagues right now, but it doesn't mean it's the easy life.

Pogba was dismissed in the 74th minute of Saturday's 3-1 victory for his challenge on Gunners defender Hector Bellerin. He brought in two strikers and two wingers.

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