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17th of November 2018

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Man City can't afford to repeat Juventus error vs Man United this weekend

Manchester City did not make many mistakes last season.

Pep Guardiola's side played some of the best football English football has ever seen as they romped to a record-breaking points tally and asserted their footballing superiority in a clinical manner.

However, supporters have every right to think 'what if' after they spurned the opportunity to wrap up the Premier League title at home to Manchester United on 7 April.

Guardiola's side were on the brink of the wildest party in the club's history when they lead 2-0 at half-time thanks to goals from Vincent Kompany and Ilkay Gundogan.

But spurned opportunities and questionable refereeing decisions worked against City as a ruthless United comeback capitalised on the Blues' tired legs.

There were clear comparisons to City's collapse earlier in the season on Wednesday night, as Juventus failed to capitalise on their own dominance against Jose Mourinho's side and gifted them a shock win in the Champions League group stages.

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Again United were allowed back into the match after the home side got complacent in front of goal and didn't strike when the iron was already hot.

Similar to that day back in April, City simply can't afford to waste any opportunities to put United to the sword this weekend.

United's defensive vulnerability has been clear to see all season, and even without Kevin de Bruyne City should have far too much firepower to punish a ropy defence.

City are expected to dominate proceedings when they two sides meet for their Etihad showdown this weekend but Guardiola's side need to go for the jugular and have no mercy on their cross town rivals.

There seems to be a new killer edge behind City's performances this season, with a number of ruthless displays which have seen them power past teams who let them have too much of the ball.

In fact, this goal scoring hunger has been a clear difference between both sides in recent years.

Since Sir Alex Ferguson retired City have won by 5 goals or more on 29 occasions - United have done it just once in that same period of time.

While it is unlikely Guardiola and his side will conjour up memories of 2011 and 1989 by scoring five times in a derby, this weekend provides the perfect opportunity to lay down a marker ahead of the international break.

Come kick-off on Sunday afternoon it is likely City could be in third-place in the table and in need of a title-winning performance.

City have been a class apart from United this season, and now it is down to them to make it show come full-time on Sunday afternoon.

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