City top as Iheanacho secures draw

Pep Guardiola is facing further scrutiny of his methods after Manchester City failed to win for a fifth successive game.

But after seeing his side win for the second time in five matches, he added: "The only thing I can say is I couldn't be prouder than I am to be Man Utd manager".

City started the season by winning their first 10 games in all competitions and although they still top the league on goal difference, the momentum has stalled with the latest setback being Wednesday's 1-0 loss to rivals Manchester United in the League Cup.

An very bad backpass by centre-back John Stones led to the Saints goal scored by Nathan Redmond, which came in a week when keeper Claudio Bravo was at fault in the 4-0 loss in Barcelona.

But on Sunday, Guardiola kept his players in the dressing room for almost an hour after the game.

City's midweek humbling by Barcelona in the Champions League extended their winless run to four games. We were together, we speak but nothing special.

Eighth-placed Southampton's performance was largely one of successful containment and their players were happy to take a draw to extend their unbeaten league run to five games.

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The City boss said: "He told us he is exhausted and not ready to play the second half".

"We will see tomorrow (Monday), after the players' recovery, then decide if it's necessary to make rotations or not", said Guardiola of his team selection. It was a significant game against a good team. "That I wanted to play, of course - that wasn't even in doubt - but I've just made this commitment to listen to them a little bit more". "When a team does not win, for a short time, I always think about what I can do to help them individually and collectively".

"I think it is hard with this team because they are good at pressing and it was hard to play our game today".

"But we can not forget how good we play, even in the last games when we didn't win".

"We are going to rotate". I think we are going to win and we go in a good way.

"Sometimes the fact the results don't come gives you that extra edge to go and look deeper and improve, and for us that's maybe what's been needed".

"Our last few games have been tough", Guardiola told British media.

  • Lawrence Cooper