Man City star sends out message ahead of Shakhtar clash

City's second string were on the ropes in the first half, with Shakhtar playing some sublime football, and the Premier League leaders were somewhat fortunate to come into the interval just two goals behind.

United defeated Arsenal 3-1 in a thrilling game at The Emirates on Saturday, securing their first away win against top-six opposition under Jose Mourinho in eight attempts.

"But you have ups and downs - what is important is that in the second half it was outstanding the way we played".

Fonseca recognises that could be a tall order, with Pep Guardiola's side having won their last 20 matches in all competitions and earning lavish praise for a lot of their play.

City improved after the break - Sergio Aguero netting an injury-time penalty after Jesus was tripped - but Shakhtar closed out their third home win of the group stage, denying Guardiola's men the chance to qualify with a perfect record from Group F.

But City played both in the second half on Sunday as they laid siege to Adrian's goal and Guardiola said the performance of the Argentine and Brazilian in tandem had given him plenty to consider.

'I have had similar deciders in my career but this is the first time I have had such a game in the Champions League'.

City will already be without John Stones for their trip to Old Trafford, with the England international sidelined with a hamstring problem he hopes to return from in time for the Christmas period. "So we are optimistic of course".

Silva joined City from Valencia in 2010, just days after becoming a World Cup victor with Spain after they beat Holland 1-0 in the final in South Africa.

"There will be better teams (who play City) than Huddersfield, Southampton and West Ham, yet all came close".

Naturally, this is something that's going to go wrong once in a while, as was the case in the Ukraine on Wednesday night. I have to say we did a really good job.

They could have got back in it soon after the re-start as Bernardo SIlva crossed for Leroy Sane but his shot was well saved.

It was just over a month ago that Claude Puel became Leicester City manager to a chorus of disdain from pundits who stated it was a poor appointment, and we were even treated to the usual he's blocking young English coaches rubbish. There is much excitement about Foden's potential around the Etihad campus.

They kicked off the campaign with what was, to many, a shock defeat at Shakhtar, when they chose to leave Mertens and Jorginho on the bench. Chance for City to get back in this.

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