Manchester United coach Erik ten Hag has thanked Guardiola for the brutal reality check admitting the gulf in class between the two sides.
The Red Devils went into the match in hot form having defeated Liverpool and league leaders Arsenal in their last two league games. However, Manchester City – through hat-tricks from Erling Haaland and Phil Foden dismantled them easily.
“You beat Arsenal, you beat Liverpool, now we get a reality check with City, so we know we have to step up,” said Ten Hag. “So, thank-you for the lesson, Pep and City, we will take that, and we have to understand that we have to do things much better.
“I know when you’re in a process it will not go only up, that you will have setbacks. We beat the No.1 team in the league, Arsenal, we beat Liverpool, but on Sunday we had a bad at the office and we got beaten. On that day, City were better. We have to accept that, but we can’t accept our performance, because that was unacceptable.”
“The confidence has grown, we’ve been doing really well, so we can’t just throw everything away because of one result,” said Fernandes.
“We didn’t when we lost the first two games and we shouldn’t do it now. Everyone knows what we have to do, it’s about getting back to the wins and having belief in the process. We were doing really well in the previous games before City. It’s a setback, but you have to get up.”
“We had a meeting, we went to see the tough things, the mistakes that we made,” said Fernandes. “We know what the mistakes were and now, more than talking about the mistakes, just don’t repeat them again.
“Everyone knows when you start getting good results – and we will get a good result tomorrow – we’ll be back, that’s the most important thing. The main thing now is to get back on the winning track and carry on.”