Pep Guardiola: Sunday’s Manchester derby not biggest game of the season

While the Manchester derby is always a widely anticipated event in English football, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola does not believe it is the biggest game of the season.

‘Maybe the game at Old Trafford will be more important’

Speaking to the media ahead of Sunday’s game with Manchester United, Pep stated:

“All derbies are special, I think in Spain there is more noise than here but special, special for everybody.

 “Of course it means a lot to the supporters, they are special but we are in Novmeber, maybe the game at Old Trafford will be more important but it’s a good one for us and United.

“Like all the games are so tight, last minutes no team controlled the game and you have to defend well and try to attack like we’ve done in the last few games.

“Win or lose they are not out. It’s not possible in November, they’ve already showed they can recover. They are a big club with a big mentality.”

Guardiola was also quick to praise Man United after their midweek win over Juventus:

“I see a team with a lot of commitment, aggression without the ball, everybody runs in front and everybody runs in behind the ball and a few weeks ago in Stamford Bridge — one of the toughest places — until the last minute they were going to win.

“A team has good and bad moments and this moment they have confidence. It was never easy for Man City to beat United in the whole history Man United win more times than City.

“But they’re a good rival and it’s a good chance to get three points and move them away.”

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Manchester City vs Manchester United

Manchester City head into this game unbeaten in the Premier League after 11 games this season.

City have won nine and drawn two and sit top of the Premier League headlining into the weekend’s games.

Man City are also coming into this game off the back of a 6-0 thrashing of Shakhtar Donetsk.

As for Man United, they are currently 7th in the Premier League table having won six, drawn two and lost three.

United have an awful defensive record this season having let in 18 goals in 11 league games.

Jose Mourinho’s will, however, be optimistic about getting something out of this game after going to Juventus and winning 2-1 earlier this week.

Watch Pep Guardiola’s full pre-match press conference below.

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