City equalled the Premier League record of 13 consecutive victories
Pep Guardiola would be delighted to be crowned the new king of ‘Fergie time’ after Manchester City grabbed yet another late winner against West Ham.
City equalled the Premier League record of 13 consecutive victories with a 2-1 success at the Etihad Stadium and have a chance to break new ground against their rivals at Old Trafford on Sunday.
There have been romps and thrashings along the way but their past four matches have all been settled in the final 10 minutes, with David Silva’s 83rd-minute finish against the Hammers a relatively early decider by recent standards.
And Guardiola is more than happy to take a reputation once owned by Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson, whose sides were renowned for late goals.
“I heard about the Fergie time, I was not here (in England) in that period but of course you have to have that,” said Guardiola, whose table-toppers reclaimed their eight-point lead over United.
“What we have shown in the last games is we never give up. If we can take something about the Fergie Time, it is welcome, a pleasure.”
There was a brief but telling nod to United midfielder Paul Pogba too, following the Frenchman’s comments about hoping for City players to fall injured before next week’s Manchester derby.
Pogba, of course, is the one who misses out after his red card against Arsenal – but Guardiola took the high road in response.
“I would like that Paul could play against us. I like to face the team with the best players possible,” he said. “I think it was an expression, I’m pretty sure he doesn’t want our players to get injured.”
Both clubs have Champions League group games to fulfil before arguably the biggest game of the Premier League season, City against Shakhtar Donetsk and United versus CSKA Moscow, but the build-up starts now.