Guardiola reveals why Man United no longer scares EPL rivals

Ahead of the Manchester derby, Pep Guardiola has commented on the fear factor of Old Trafford which would host his team who face the Red Devils on Wednesday night in the Premier League.

When Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola got asked about City’s strong recent form at Old Trafford, Guardiola said: “I don’t make theories about what happened in the past for what is going to happen in the future. Every game is completely different.”

The former Bayern Munich boss added: “The reason why is the fact this club in the last decade grew a lot and it’s not scary to go there. Before it was maybe more difficult. But the players Manchester City have had in the last decade have made this game a little bit more equal.”

Guardiola went on to say: “The only question is the Premier League, winning the title. In the three seasons since I’m here, we did better than them, but here it’s about winning the title, not beating United.”

Though United have lost six of eight matches, including Sunday’s humiliating 4-0 defeat at Everton, Guardiola is expecting Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side to bring their best in a heated derby match. “I expect the best United, I’m sure,” he said. “Football players try to do their best, and that’s going to happen. We prepare for their strong points and weak points.”

GELSENKIRCHEN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 20: Raheem Sterling of Manchester City celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's third goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 First Leg match between FC Schalke 04 and Manchester City at Veltins-Arena on February 20, 2019 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. (Photo by Victoria Haydn/Man City via Getty Images)

He added: “It’s a derby and all the times we play against United, the derbies are always special games and the players do their best for the fans and the club. I know in the beginning how strong United will be in terms of their intensity, and we’ll have to handle it. We did it in the past. We’ll try to do it again.”

Guardiola also stated: “United lost the last game 4-0 and I know what our reaction would be [to such a result]. That’s what’s going to happen tomorrow. We have to accept it – that’s the challenge.”

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