Manchester City now have a 16-day break from Premier League action and Bernardo Silva is hoping neighbors Manchester United can do them a favor during that time. Pep Guardiola’s side have an FA Cup trip to League Two side Newport County, a Champions League first leg with Schalke and a Carabao Cup final before their next Premier League game.
But hours before that Wembley final against Chelsea on Feb. 24, closest rivals Liverpool face a daunting trip to bitter rivals United, who have won 10 of their last 11 matches under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. “Of course it is better if Liverpool lose some points,” Silva said, when asked if he was hoping for a helping hand from United.
“But I think all of us, not only the manager but all of the players, have been saying to focus on our job. If we don’t win our games, it doesn’t matter what they do so that is the most important thing now.” But the Portuguese forward has no doubt about the task waiting for United with Jurgen Klopp’s side losing only once in the Premier League to City.
Silva says that City’s 2-1 victory in January was one of the best performances for the club since his arrival in 2017, comparing to it to the outstanding 6-0 win over Chelsea on Sunday. “This one was one of the best performances probably because we played against one of the best sides in the world, we beat them 6-0,” he said.“But I think, even this season against Liverpool at home, even though we just won 2-1, it was a fantastic performance.”
City fullback Oleksandr Zinchenko came back into the side for the victory at Chelsea and can expect to play some part in their next two domestic cup games. And the Ukrainian is not ruling out an unlikely quadruple with the club still chasing silverware on four fronts. “Hopefully we can win every title,” he told reporters. “We are going to fight for every one of them. Hopefully we can win all four.
“We have to have fully focus on our game now. I hope Liverpool are going to drop some points in the next game. But first we have to focus on us. That’s what I’d say.”
Liverpool travel to Old Trafford to play Manchester United on the 24th of February in the Premier League. The Premier League leaders have not won at Old Trafford since 2014 and are currently at a stage that all points matter as they challenge for a first league title in almost thirty years