The current Premier League leaders went into the clash against the Hammers on the back of suffering a 2-1 loss at the hands of Serie A giants Juventus in the Champions League opener in midweek, although they had made a perfect start to the domestic campaign.
United manager Slaven Bilic had already overseen victories over Arsenal and Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium and Anfield respectively in his first two away games in charge of the east London outfit and his side took the lead at the Etihad Stadium in the sixth minute through on-loan winger Victor Moses.
Diafra Sakho doubled their advantage just after the half hour mark and the visitors held on for all three points despite Kevin De Bruyne halving the deficit with a goal on his full debut for City and Pellegrini was disappointed to lose at home for the second time in four days:
“I’m frustrated as they were three very important points at home, the Chilean said in his post-match press conference [via the club’s official website].
“They won their two away games before tonight against Arsenal and Liverpool so I knew it would not be easy but we conceded two easy goals and that allowed them to be in front.”
“In the last two games we didn’t play with the concentration or intensity we had shown in the first five games.”
“We did exactly the same today as against Juventus – they had two chances in the whole game. We must be more concentrated.”
“To win the game you must score, and we didn’t score. We played very well in the second half, though not in the first. We were not the aggressive team we need to be at home,” Pellegrini added.
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