Pep Guardiola Predicts Manchester United Will Play Aggressively

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says Manchester United will play aggressively to bring home the full points in the Premier League derby matchday 28 on Sunday, March 6 2022.

Manchester City, who is in first place in the Premier League standings with 66 points, has begun to be approached by Liverpool, who are only 6 points apart. Meanwhile, Manchester City’s eternal rivals are fourth with 47 points. Sunday’s match will be the 50th Manchester derby in the Premier League.

Despite being quite far from the Red Devils, Guardiola predicts that he will try to steal points as hard as he can. City also have a special mission, namely aiming for two wins over United after a 2-0 win in their last league meeting in November 2021.

“United, experienced forward and midfield with (Paul) Pogba and (Nemanja) Matic. Great energy with Fred, quick on both lines,” said Guardiola.

Likewise at the back. Guardiola believes United’s defenders, such as Raphael Varane, Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof, are all experienced. “I see this, I don’t see the 19-point gap,” said the Spaniard.

Guardiola specifically predicts Manchester United’s front line will play aggressively and totally. He did not praise the concoction of United boss Ralf Rangnick.

“His work in Germany was incredible. He came here and you start to see some patterns that he wants to do,” said Guardiola.

Manchester City have been hit hard by defender Ruben Dias out for four to six weeks with a hamstring injury. Meanwhile, Nathan Ake will miss the match against Manchester United.

“In other seasons, our best players are out for months. I like him (Dias), but he is not there. I will not cry,” said the former Bayern Munich coach.

Guardiola is not worried about his main pillar being absent. He believes that every player who plays in this match deserves to be played.

“We have 14-15 players. Together with these players we will fight and try to play well,” said Pep Guardiola ahead of the Manchester City vs Manchester United derby at the Etihad Stadium.

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