What Man City boss Pep Guardiola thinks of Manchester United's start to the season
Pep Guardiola is expecting Manchester United to find their rhythm after a disappointing start to the season.
United suffered a third defeat in four games on Saturday as they were outclassed by Brighton and Hove Albion. Roberto De Zerbi's side won 3-1 at Old Trafford thanks to goals from Danny Welbeck, Pascal Groß and Joao Pedro, with Hannibal Mejbri pulling one back for the home side.
Prior to the international break, Erik ten Hag had seen his side beaten by the same scoreline at Arsenal thanks to two late goals from Declan Rice and Gabriel Jesus. The Reds were also beaten 2-0 at Tottenham Hotspur.
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Meanwhile, their rivals over at the Etihad have won all five league games and are top of the Premier League table already. But Guardiola expects United to find their feet.
"Well, they didn't start like they expected, like Chelsea," Guardiola said of United after a cheeky laugh. "But always, they are Man United, and Chelsea sooner or later they will take the rhythm.
"But it is important for us, after winning the treble, five from five is really, really good."
United's misery on Saturday was compounded by a late injury for Aaron Wan-Bissaka. The right-back came off the bench in the 85th minute after being taken ill during the week but sustained an injury and will now be unavailable for 'several weeks'.
Wan-Bissaka joins a growing list of absentees at United, with Raphael Varane, Luke Shaw, Sofyan Amrabat and Mason Mount all injured.
Manchester United are back in the Champions League after an impressive first season in charge for Erik ten Hag.
Having won the famous trophy three