Liverpool rocked as Premier League champions muscle in on midfield target

Joe Hart speaks about Manuel Pellegrini's time at Man City, and how he was unaware of the events happening at Old Trafford.

Pep Guardiola would have rejected the offer to take over at Manchester City had he known the club would be in danger of missing out on a spot in next season's Champions League. Maybe after the Arsenal game everyone thought we were eliminated, but now it has flipped around the other way so we must be very careful.

With a vastly superior goal difference over United, a draw is probably all they need.

Manuel Pellegrini has launched a spirited defence of his record at Manchester city, complete with data to support his claims that his three-year reign at the Etihad Stadium should be regarded as a success.

He said: "I always think we can do it better, but it's important thing is to compare yourself with all the other teams. We needed at least a point and we got it".

Pellegrini also praised his players at the way they ended the season after he announced his departure on February 1 with Guardiola then confirmed as his successor.

Anthony Martial was fantastic midweek and should be seen as the main threat to Bournemouth, who are very happy to be remaining in the Premier League for another season.

'This team's ambition is not just to win the occasional Premier League or get to the semi-finals of the Champions League, their plan with the financial power they have behind them is to dominate English football and be regular players in Champions League finals.

"I'm very satisfied about the work I did because we are the best team of the last three seasons".

Swansea in the meantime have had a so-so season, with the biggest news for them ahead of this game being the extension of Francesco Guidolin's contract at the Liberty Stadium. "I hope Gylfi will stay because he's an important player for us", said the Italian, who signed a two-year extension on Wednesday.

The top eight could all be in Europe next season - if Liverpool win the Europa League and United the FA Cup - which would confirm that Southampton and West Ham qualify no matter what they do this weekend. The Chilean has won the Capital One Cup this season and shall end his tenure with a Premier League title, which he won in 2013/14. "It is a hard game but I am sure for the third year in a row, we are going to have a spot in the Champions League".

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