Guardiola proud City has avoided curse

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Manchester City moved to the top of the league on Wednesday for the first time since December after Klopp's side limped to back-to-back draws against Leicester City and West Ham United.

"(Beckham) came to say hello and we spent two minutes talking together and then we split.

"We want to put our last defeat at Cardiff to bed and really perform for our away fans".

United have won 10 of their 11 matches since former Red Devils striker Solskjaer returned to Old Trafford.

Guardiola said: "I have known in the last five or six years the position where the champions will be the year after - all of them were out and didn't have a chance to win the Premier League". Bernardo Silva has started City's last two games so could be rested, meaning Leroy Sane could stay in the team.

"You are not always going to win by a big margin".

56' - MANE HEADER - Mane rises at the back post to meet Wijnaldum's cross, and he sends a header back across goal, just a couple of yards wide.

Chelsea's worst performances this season have generally coincided with opponents successfully nullifying Jorginho, usually by detailing a player to man-mark him and limiting his influence from the base of midfield. That was a very good sign today.

The Argentine made an instant impact with his first two goals in just his second Premier League appearance in a 5-0 thrashing of Huddersfield last weekend to right the Chelsea ship after the Bournemouth debacle. "Ole is himself. He's not acting and he's given joy and confidence to everyone", Pogba said.

'I thought it was a good team performance. You can see on the pitch the effect (of him). "That's not a big thing but we have to learn". We need to be very fast when we're recovering the ball. 'We need to work, but I think they (City) are an example for every club'. We will try. We have to prepare well.

If we win against Chelsea I am sure we will be there fighting to be champions again.

"We have a squad full of great players with a lot of quality, a lot of young players and experienced ones too".

"I don't know how you connect a "lack of mentality" to dropping four points", he told press.

"I think the next one is always the most important".

For Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri, it was yet another frustrating day at the office.

"There are times when teammates are in better condition, in football what you have done in the past - you have to do it again in future", said Guardiola. "Maybe we deserved to win in the second half, but we were very lucky in the first".

"I was used to speaking to John Barnes, to Alan Hansen, to Kenny Dalglish, to Roy Evans and Ronnie Moran, who had been through it loads of times, so it was easy for me".