You can’t really blame Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini for being a bit moody at the moment.
Last month, he discovered that he would be replaced as City boss at the end of the season by Pep Guardiola.
At the time of the announcement, Pellegrini had the opportunity to achieve the perfect send off with the Citizens still in the hunt for four trophies.
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But, a heavy 5-1 defeat to Chelsea in the FA Cup ended hopes of a quadruple - although he did manage to triumph over Liverpool on penalties in the Capital One Cup final.
Pellegrini’s side eased through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League, where they will meet Paris-Saint Germain, but the Argentine boss’ main priority was probably winning his second Premier League title during his three years.
But since the announcement of Guardiola, City have lost league matches to Leicester, Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester United in Sunday's derby defeat.
It leaves the side 15 points adrift of league leaders Leicester and, instead of looking at a possible title victory, they are nervously looking behind them at a host of clubs snapping at their heels looking for a top four finish.
West Ham and Manchester United are a single point behind, while Southampton, Stoke and Liverpool will also believe they have an outside chance of qualifying for next season's Champions League.
So, it’s little surprise that Pellegrini was a little bit stressed in the post-match interview after the crushing 1-0 loss to United.
Speaking live on Sky Sports, the former Real Madrid and Malaga boss didn’t take too kindly after being asked by Geoff Shreeves about his side’s recent poor home form.
Watch the video below to see his reaction:
“I’m talking about the game here and nothing more,” he was heard saying whilst walking away.
Pellegrini obviously didn’t want to get drawn into any discussion about the idea that City’s decision to announce that Guardiola will replace him has resulted in a string of disappointing results.
Instead, he wanted the talk about a match which saw 18-year-old Marcus Rashford continue his incredible start to his career.
The United striker scored twice on his senior debut in a Europa League tie against Midtjylland before following that up with another two goals against Arsenal just four days later.
He had gone five games without scoring before his winner at the Etihad on Sunday.
His goal came after he embarrassed City defender Martin Demichelis by nutmegging him before opening his body to bend the ball past Joe Hart.
While Rashford was no doubt celebrating being a United hero, Pellegrini was furious knowing that the only chance of finishing his time at City on a high is by overcoming the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich to win the Champions League.
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