Manchester City forward, Sergio Aguero has revealed what he told his manager, Pep Guardiola, after being substituted in their 3-1 win over Manchester United on Sunday. I played in the middle of David Silva and Fernandinho.
"[United] want to do well in the derby - that's normal - but we were stable, scored a goal and the first 15 minutes were so good". "And they did it, with Leroy and Phil, [Foden] they did it".
"In that situation with two or three minutes left to go, they controlled it absolutely". It's not just the best way defending back, because everything can happen. Guardiola will once again come up against Jose Mourinho and the Catalan says his old rival has shown his fighting spirit after United's tough start to the season.
But a late flashpoint saw Juan Mata take issue with Sterling as he showboated in the final seconds, keeping the ball in the corner and performing stepovers as United players rushed towards him.
"We felt a bit the pressure". City did not quite do that a year ago - they bought three full-backs, a goalkeeper and a couple of central defenders - but there is no need to labour the point. "How we've developed with Pep with and without the ball, it's always nice for attacking players to have as much possession as possible, It's been a real joy".
Sterling joined City from Liverpool in 2015 and has gone on to make 154 appearances for the club, winning two League Cup medals and the Premier League thus far.
The Premier League champions, meanwhile, are facing serious allegations of financial wrongdoing after German magazine Der Spiegel - via the platform Football Leaks - claimed city had misled Uefa to avoid Financial Fair Play penalties.
"He has fantastic qualities, but there are little things in his game of which I am not such a big fan", the United manager said. Last season we didn't get points in Anfield.