Pellegrini cannot accept penalty award after Hammers lose at City

Sunday, 03 Mar, 2019

"I think Rafa and Manuel Pellegrini have a very similar philosophy".

"When we went to Newcastle and beat them, they had won some games in a row". That's how it is.

"But obviously all I wish is Manchester City to win".

"But he didn't do so bad, he had good answers every time they tried to attack down his side".

Pep Guardiola's team face a bigger challenge for the title than last season when they finished top with a 19-point advantage.

"It's never easy to be positive after a will be tough but we need to move on quickly and try to be ready to compete on Saturday", said the Argentine manager.

"That Stretford End will always suck a ball into the net for you", said Solskjaer, a former United striker.

City press on knowing there are just 10 games left to secure a second successive Premier League victory.

Fulham are also at the drop zone and latest news coming in is that their coach Ranieri could be fired before their next game.

"It was really special and I always appreciate the love from Manchester City fans", he added.

Spending most weekends on the bench is quite the comedown for a player who was voted Footballer of the Year in England in 2016 after being a key player in Leicester's improbable Premier League title triumph.

"Declan is a young player, he must learn a lot", Pellegrini said of the 20-year-old, who was crowned Young Player of the Year at this week's London Football Awards.

He is said to have been running at West Ham's training ground as part of his recovery, but Wilshere's ankle pain has continued and, whilst the exact diagnosis of his injury remains unclear, he is seeing a specialist who is expected to confirm that the midfielder can not play again this season.

In contrast, Guardiola conceded City "could do better" but still praised his team for putting on "an incredible performance" despite the only goal being a "soft" penalty.

Silva took a matter of minutes to make an impact, cutting into the box from the right and going down under pressure from Felipe Anderson, to prompt referee Stuart Atwell to point to the spot.

Anything can happen tomorrow, but the most likely outcome will be a minimal victory for either side.

Arsenal have won their last three games including Wednesday's 5-1 crushing of Bournemouth.