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Facing Manchester United At Old Trafford No Longer Scary, Admits Guardiola

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Dealing with Manchester United At Previous Trafford No Longer Scary, Admits Guardiola

City manager Pep Guardiola and United's Paul Pogba after the match.

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Pep Guardiola has admitted that visiting Previous Trafford is not a scary prospect.

Manchester Metropolis have loved a powerful document at Previous Trafford lately. Of their final seven visits to the Theatre of Desires, they’ve solely misplaced as soon as, while having bagged huge 6-1 and 3-Zero victories.

Their current document is in stark distinction to their pre-takeover stats – the Sky Blues had did not win even a single recreation at their inter-city rivals’ stadium between 1974 and 2008.

Pep Guardiola is nicely conscious of the current enchancment of their document, and it has led him to declare that taking part in Manchester United on their very own turf is not “scary”.

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Talking forward of the derby, the Spanish tactician said (through the Guardian): “I don’t make theories about what occurred up to now for what will occur sooner or later. Each recreation is totally totally different.

“The rationale why is the very fact this membership within the final decade grew loads and it isn’t scary to go there. Earlier than it was possibly harder. The gamers Manchester Metropolis had within the final decade have made this recreation a little bit bit extra equal.”

Nevertheless, Guardiola stays cautious of the Purple Devils’ menace, and he believes that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s males may have that further motivation to win the derby after having suffered a humiliating 4-Zero defeat by the hands of Everton final Sunday.

When requested if he believes United will probably be extra harmful on Wednesday, Pep replied: “Slightly bit, sure. It’s a derby and all of the instances we play in opposition to United, the derbies are all the time particular and the gamers do their greatest for the followers and the membership.”