Manchester United can still catch Manchester City in the title race, according to Pep Guardiola.
United beat City 2-0 at Etihad Stadium on Sunday, keeping their slim Premier League title hopes alive. A Bruno Fernandes penalty and a Luke Shaw strike secured three points for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
With just 10 games remaining, the Red Devils are still 11 points behind their rivals, but Guardiola believes they have a chance to close the gap if they maintain their concentration.
“Of course,” Guardiola said in a press conference ahead of Wednesday’s game against Southampton when asked if City could still be signed by United. In football, something can happen when the options are available.
“Nobody expected us to win 21 games in a row, including 15 in the Premier League, but anything can happen.
“It is possible for a team like United to succeed. Ten games are remaining, and we need to win six or seven of them to mathematically be champions.
“We’re going and try to win the first one tomorrow,” says the team.
After being held to a 1-1 draw by West Brom at the Etihad on December 15, City’s chances of winning the Premier League trophy in 2020-21 were written off in some parts.
Guardiola’s team had been inconsistent up until that point, with four more draws and two losses in their first 12 games, but they haven’t set a foot wrong since.
They went on a thrilling 21-game winning streak in all competitions, including 15 Premier League victories, defeating Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, and Liverpool.
Second-placed United dropped 14 points behind City as a result, but it remains to be seen how City will react after their invincibility was shattered during the weekend derby.