Pep Guardiola
Pep Guardiola. (Photo: Twitter @GuardiolaTweets)

The stage is set for the Manchester derby at Old Trafford where the neighbouring clubs will clash against each other for their personal benefits.

United desperately need to win the match to get their contention alive for the next season’s Champions League qualification by staying in the top four in Premier League points table.

While City must win the fixture to jump on top position of the table, pipping current leaders Liverpool who have played one match more than Pep Guardiola’s team.

In the pre-match press conference United incharge Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fired shots at City players as he claimed that ‘there will be fouls’ in the debry match.

The Citizens are favourites to win the match with their current form and after getting to know about Solskjaer’s thought, Pep showed his displeasure towards it.

“Receive a lot of fouls? So we are going to make fouls to them? Did he say that?” Guardiola said to reporters before the match.

“With 75 per cent the average, or 65 or 70 per cent of the ball, how you do that? I don’t have any comments about that.

“I never prepare a game in my 10 seasons as a manager thinking about this kind of thing. Never. And my players can talk better than me about that.

United are going through a rough patch after they loss to Barcelona in the Champions League quarterfinals by 4-0 on aggregate and later, he they got thrashed by Everton 4-0, which made matters worse for Solksjaer who believes that some players will have to leave, given the performances they have been putting on.

It will be huge uphill task for Pogba and army to compete against Pep’s tactics at their own backyard and given their recent form, City will aim to rip through a depleted United side but a win will not be handed to Guardiola.

While, City will miss the services of Kevin de Bruyne after he got his hamstring tore apart in the clash against Tottenham in the Premier League.

In his absence the responsibility will lie on David Silva and Bernardo Silva’s shoulder to set up chances for the attackers- Sergio Aguero, Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling.