Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has played down the importance of
“All derbies are special, I think in Spain there is more noise than here but special, special for everybody,” Guardiola said, quoted by ESPN. “Of course it means a lot to the supporters, they are special but we are in November, 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 shown they can recover. They are a big club with a big mentality.”
Both teams will be coming into the derby on cloud nine after outstanding results in the Champions League group stages in midweek.