Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has said that he is “worried” by his side’s form ahead of Sunday’s Manchester derby.
After his side’s 2-0 home defeat to Newcastle United on Wednesday night, the Chilean said: “My feeling is that we are not playing well.
We are in a difficult moment with a lack of trust.
“We are conceding too (many) easy goals and we are not scoring the chances we have to score.
“Of course we must be worried – we didn’t win the three games we played this week. We must be worried about that but we must find a solution and we must address it.”
Manchester City have failed to win any of their last three games in all competitions, having fallen to defeat at West Ham on Saturday and drawn against CSKA Moscow in their Champions League clash last week.
They face fierce rivals Manchester United on Sunday afternoon, with the visitors likely to be in good spirits following their 1-1 draw with league leaders Chelsea at Old Trafford last time out.
United haven’t won away yet this season, but with City on a seemingly bad run of form, this may be the time for that stat to change in what will be the first meeting between Pellegrini and Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal.
The Red Devils have also been boosted by the news that Wayne Rooney should be fit for the short trip to the Etihad Stadium having been a doubt at the start of the week.
The Citizens are 1.90 favourites for the clash on home soil, which kicks off at 13:30GMT on Sunday, with van Gaal’s men at 3.94.