Manchester United will face Manchester City on Saturday in what is shaping up to be one of the ties of the season.
United are firmly in the race for the top four while City are trying to close a five-point gap to league leaders Arsenal.
Looking forward to the derby, City boss Pep Guardiola confirmed that he has a “ridiculous plan” for the Red Devils.
Guardiola also added that he’s not sure what style of play United implement or what players they field and so would watch the Charlton game closely to get a better understanding.
Erik ten Hag also spoke about the derby and backed his players to get a result.
Ten Hag remarked that United can beat City but will need to be perfect and have the right mentality to win.
Guardiola has recanted his earlier opinion on the existence of a “ridiculous” plan as the mind games go full throttle ahead of the crucial showdown on Saturday.
The Spaniard said, “It was a joke. I don’t have ridiculous thoughts [ahead of the Manchester derby]. It will be a normal thing. People take the sentence in a different way.”
Pep Guardiola: "It was a joke. I don’t have ridiculous thoughts [ahead of the Manchester derby]. It will be a normal thing. People take the sentence in a different way." [via @MikeMinay]
— UtdDistrict (@UtdDistrict) January 12, 2023
Guardiola also spoke after City crashed out of the Carabao Cup at the hands of Southampton yesterday night. The Premier League champions were put to the sword by the Saints in a 2-0 victory at St Mary’s.
“If we perform in this way [as they did against Southampton], we don’t have a chance,” Guardiola lamented.
🚨 Pep Guardiola on the Manchester derby: "If we perform in this way, we don't have a chance." @ManCityMEN
— UtdPlug (@UtdPlug) January 11, 2023
German midfielder Ilkay Gundogan heaped praise on United and said that the Red Devils are stronger than they were when the two teams met before this season.
Gundogan warned that while City have enjoyed great success at Old Trafford in the recent past, they must be careful not to play into United’s hands.
İlkay Gündoğan: "We [Man City] are going to Old Trafford, we've done quite well in recent years there, but it also feels like this #mufc side is probably stronger than ever in the recent past. They are full of confidence and will play great football." [via @footballdaily]
— UtdDistrict (@UtdDistrict) January 11, 2023
The City ace lauded United for their “great football.”
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