Just three points now separate the rivals after United beat Chelsea 2-1 and the defending champions lost 1-0 at Aston Villa in the ongoing Premier League 2023-24 season. Two goals from Scott McTominay secured the win and moved United up to sixth — three points off fourth-placed City. The Dutch coach had gone into the game after their defeat against Newcastle over the weekend and reports of player unrest in the locker room. Now it is Guardiola who is facing tough questions as he was left to assess a winless run that saw City overtaken by Villa.
“We are on a journey. We keep calm, We are going in the right direction,” Ten Hag said after he put a difficult few days behind him with a morale-boosting win. We Don’t get distracted from criticism around us, but we are very critical of ourselves,” Ten Hag said after beating Chelsea at home. “We know we are not satisfied and happy. We always want to do things better,” he added.
Meanwhile, City's previous three games in the league ended in draws, allowing leader Arsenal to extend a six-point lead over it in the standings after a 4-3 win against Luton on Tuesday.
“In these years we have found a way to win games, but we struggled a bit and we have to find a way," Guardiola said. “It is my job to find a solution. The dynamic changes by winning games," he added.