Pep Guardiola issues warning to United ahead of derby showdown at Old Trafford

Pep Guardiola issues warning to United ahead of derby showdown at Old Trafford

- Pep Guardiola insists City are no longer scared of tackling United at Trafford ahead of Wednesday's derby clash

- Man City will return to the top of the EPL log if they win against United

- The Pep Guardiola's side have won five and drawn one of their last seven matches at Old Trafford in the EPL

Pep Guardiola has declared that Manchester City are not afraid heading to the ‘Theatre of Dreams’ to battle Man United in a tough EPL showdown on Wednesday, April 24, at Old Trafford.

According to the Mirror, City have claimed five wins with one draw in their last seven trips to their city rivals in the Premier League, with Guardiola stressing the venue no longer has a fear factor for the Citizen - who could not win at Old Trafford for 34 years between 1974 and 1988.

“The reason why is the fact this club in the last decade grew a lot and it's not scary to go there,” noted Guardiola.

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“Before it was maybe more difficult. But the players Manchester City had in the last decade have made this game a little bit more equal.

“In the three seasons since I'm here, we did better than them but here it's about winning the title, not beating United,” stressed the Spaniard, who hinted he will warns his players to be at the best after United’s bashing at Everton.

“I expect the best United tomorrow, I'm sure,” said Guardiola. “They're bright.

“Football players try to do their best and tomorrow is going to happen. We prepare for their strong points and weak points.

“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 the club.

“I saw the game [United's defeat at Everton] and I imagine what will happen against us. The game against Everton is over,” the Spanish manager stressed, even as he expressed sympathy for Red Devils counterpart, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who is under-fire after being handed the United job on permanent basis.

“In our world, our position, I'm close to Solskjaer,” he said.

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“I understand perfectly his position.

“We feel alone and that's why I understand completely his position. It happens to all the managers around the world. That's the reality.

“I understand him perfectly. I support him.”

Earlier, reported Paul Pogba has revealed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was disappointed with Manchester United lackluster performance during the side's 4-0 defeat to Everton on Sunday, April 21, at Goodison Park.

Richarlison, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Digne and Theo Walcott scored a goal apiece to gift the Toffees a memorable victory over United. ( -> We have updated to serve you better

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