Sunday 20 October 2019

Pep Guardiola wary of Manchester United’s ‘incredible’ attack

Manchester City are unbeaten in the Premier League this season heading into the derby on Sunday.

Pep Guardiola spoke about referee Anthony Taylor ahead of his side's clash with Manchester United (Martin Rickett/PA)
Pep Guardiola spoke about referee Anthony Taylor ahead of his side's clash with Manchester United (Martin Rickett/PA)

By Andy Hampson, Press Association Sport

Pep Guardiola has warned his Manchester City team to be ready – because Manchester United will have their moments in Sunday’s derby.

City have thrashed Southampton and Shakhtar Donetsk 6-1 and 6-0 respectively in the past week but Guardiola is expecting something much different as the Premier League leaders face improving United at the Etihad Stadium.

The City boss said: “Against the top teams like United, Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool – you cannot imagine for 90 minutes we are going to play amazingly and not give them a chance.

“When they have the ball and the people in front – wow – they can create something.

“They have an incredible amount of talent up front and in the middle as well. That is why we have to defend deep and strong, defend the crosses and avoid set-pieces as they are huge and far better than us.

“We have to control more for as many minutes as possible and be clinical. That’s the game we’ll try to do.

Paul Pogba was the catalyst for Manchester United’s victory at the Etihad Stadium last season (Nick Potts/PA)

“What we have to do is try to play good. If we don’t we have no chance to win.”

City were outplaying United when the sides last met but let their guard slip to surrender a 2-0 lead and lose 3-2.

Guardiola said: “For 75 minutes I’d like to play the same game as against United in April but United have shown us they need only 10 or 15 minutes to create a lot of chances.”

United have lifted the gloom that was surrounding Old Trafford about a month ago, when manager Jose Mourinho was under the most pressure, with some positive results in recent weeks.

On Wednesday they came from behind to claim a famous comeback victory at Juventus in the Champions League.

Guardiola said: “No doubt about that – they’ve improved. I see a team with a lot of commitment, aggressive without the ball, everybody runs in front and everybody runs in behind the ball. A team has good and bad moments and at this moment they have confidence.”

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