Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola called goalkeeper Claudio Bravo’s performance against United in the derby “one of the best performances” he’s ever seen.
Bravo, 33, was brought in from Barcelona, and made his debut in the 2-1 win over United at Old Trafford on Saturday. The Chilean netminder had a mistake that led up to Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s goal right before halftime. But Guardiola thought that Bravo was a bit unlucky in that situation and that he had a great game.
“Claudio had one of the best performances I’ve ever seen,” Guardiola said. “When you make a situation for the goal – after that he continued to play in our build-up and [went] for other long balls to pick them up.
“That means a lot for me, the personality, because in football when you make a mistake it’s how you react to that mistake.
“He was unlucky in the situation because I think he clashed with [John] Stones and this sometimes happens – it’s football. It’s more the brilliant reaction from Ibrahimovic than the situation from Claudio.”
City tops the table with four wins in four games, and the City boss was pleased to get a win over their rivals.
“We played good. We have the ball, we lose the ball, we win the ball again quickly,” Guardiola said.
“We created enough chances – at the end [of the first half] United had the goal. But in a game against Manchester United when you have the chance to counter-attack and score, you have to do that because if not you leave the last minutes like today.
“You cannot come to Old Trafford and dominate for 90 minutes, it’s impossible.”