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Pep Guardiola says second-half display against Man Utd was Man City's best 'in years'

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
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Pep Guardiola has claimed that his Man City side reached their 'highest level in years' during the second half of the Manchester derby on Sunday.

City ran out easy 4-1 winners against rivals Man Utd thanks to a pair of braces from Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez, and they could have won by more if not for the fine shot-stopping of David de Gea.

Speaking after the game, Guardiola was full of praise for his players with the win extending their lead at the top of the Premier League table.

"The second half was one of the highest levels we have played in years," he said.

"We didn't know how we were going to defend, the 4-2-4 was so aggressive from Ralf – without Cristiano they can do it. They were incredible aggressive and we struggled to build up.

"I would say in the first half we had more chances in the counter-attack then possession. When we were in their half we played really good in the first half.

"The problem was we struggled to get there. But in the second half Bernardo [Silva] was involved and the movement from Jack [Grealish], Phil [Foden], Kevin [De Bruyne] was excellent."