Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has backed Ederson after his disappointing performance against Manchester United. The Citizens lost 2-0 at Old Trafford, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side completed a league double for the first time in a decade.
Ederson allowed Anthony Martial to score United’s opening goal midway through the second half, after the ball snuck in at his near-post.
The Frenchman struck the ball on the volley, after a deft Bruno Fernandes free-kick.
Ederson managed to get a hand to the ball, but it wasn’t strong enough, and the ball rolled into the net.
In the dying seconds of the match, the goalkeeper threw the ball out toward Benjamin Mendy, but Scott McTominay got there first, and hit the ball first time into an empty net.
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“He played,” Guardiola told Sky Sports, when responding to questions over the goalkeeper’s performance.
“He saved one or two, so he’s an exceptional goalkeeper.
“You don’t make a mistake, I don’t a mistake. I’m not here to come and judge my players on whether they make mistakes.
“It’s part of the game, so he will recover and he’s an exceptional goalkeeper.”
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Ederson is usually very reliable for City in goal, but he had a day to forget at Old Trafford.
The Brazilian almost conceded in the second-half, after miscontrolling a back pass from Joao Cancelo.
Cancelo played the ball back to Ederson under pressure, and the goalkeeper let the ball slip beneath his foot.
It was rolling toward goal, with Martial bearing down on him, but Ederson managed to clamber the ball away in the nick of time.
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Guardiola almost congratulated United on a deserved win.
He said that his side played well, but ultimately they should have avoided conceding both goals.
“We played good,” said the City manager after the match.
“We conceded a goal and should have avoided it, but in the second half we played good as well.
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“So congratulations to Manchester United. The quality of the opponent always count.
“We played good. Yes, we could have played better if we win 5-0.”
United are now three points behind Chelsea in the race for a top four finish.
They’re also now just 12 points behind the neighbours, who will be looking to avoid a similar performance in their crucial Champions League tie against Real Madrid.
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