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Guardiola calls out Man United and Chelsea as club's that rejected VAR

Guardiola calls out Man United and Chelsea as club's that rejected VAR

Pep Guardiola has cast doubt over Sergio Aguero playing for Manchester City again this season as the Premier League leaders try to get back on track after three consecutive defeats. As soon as Chris Smalling's well-timed finish struck the back of Ederson's goal last Saturday to give United a 3-2 lead, numerous home fans at the Etihad Stadium turned to each other and lamented their collapse.

City have lost back-to-back league games just once before under Guardiola - against Chelsea and Leicester City in December 2016.

Guardiola seems to have caught the bug.

A win for City would mean Manchester United need to beat West Brom on Sunday to stop their rivals being crowned champions this week.

A loss would see City lose four successive matches for the first time in 12 years.

However, Guardiola's side are seeking to recover from a dispiriting run of results, having gone out of the Champions League after losing home and away against Liverpool in the quarter-finals, as well as missing the opportunity to clinch the title against United last weekend. If we lose it will be in the same way we tried to play against United and Liverpool. "We are sad we went out of the Champions League, but it's hard to take the way it happened". "Hopefully he will be ready for last games and World Cup", Guardiola said of the Argentine, who was injured in a tackle by United's Ashley Young that could have resulted in a penalty. Now their task is to register five points from the remaining six games.

"Of course it can happen, I assure you", said Guardiola.

"The pundits in November, they said it was already done - it was impossible that City, if they hadn't lost in six months, it's impossible for them to drop points", he said. You have to learn that because at the end if we were not able to do it and United win the league, all we can say is "congratulations" to United, reflect on what we have done badly in the last month and move forward. As soon as we win the first one, the second one will be easier.

- Saints have only won one of their nine Premier League games against Chelsea at St Mary's Stadium (D2 L6), winning 2-1 in March 2013 thanks to goals from Jay Rodriguez and Rickie Lambert.