Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola said on Tuesday that Old Trafford, Manchester United’s stadium, is no longer the fortress it used to be, in the run-up to a derby in which the “citizen” team will seek to get three points and climb to the top of the Premier League.
City, two points adrift of leaders Liverpool, will visit sixth-placed United on Wednesday, looking to finish in the top four for the next Champions League.
United have lost just one league game at home this season, but Guardiola, whose team have won their last two visits to Old Trafford, was confident of what his team can do against “Red Devils” who have just suffered a tough 4-0 win over Everton.
“There are four games left and we have to win them to retain the title,” Guardiola said at a press conference. “It’s not an easy place to visit, but at the same time, it’s a good place to visit.
“It’s not so scary to play there. Before it was perhaps more difficult. We know exactly what we have to do. It’s true that we’ve done better than United in the last three seasons,” he added.
City will be without midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, who suffered a thigh injury in a 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend. The Belgian has already missed several games this season due to different ailments.