Facing Manchester United At Old Trafford No Longer Scary, Admits Guardiola

City manager Pep Guardiola and United's Paul Pogba after the match.

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Pep Guardiola has admitted that visiting Old Trafford is no longer a scary prospect.

Manchester City have enjoyed an impressive record at Old Trafford in recent years. In their last seven visits to the Theatre of Dreams, they have only lost once, whilst having bagged enormous 6-1 and 3-0 victories.

Their recent record is in stark contrast to their pre-takeover stats – the Sky Blues had failed to win even a single game at their inter-city rivals’ stadium between 1974 and 2008.

Pep Guardiola is well aware of the recent improvement in their record, and it has led him to declare that playing Manchester United on their own turf is no longer “scary”.

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Speaking ahead of the derby, the Spanish tactician stated (via the Guardian): “I don’t make theories about what happened in the past for what is going to happen in the future. Every game is completely different.

“The reason why is the fact this club in the last decade grew a lot and it is not scary to go there. Before it was maybe more difficult. The players Manchester City had in the last decade have made this game a little bit more equal.”

However, Guardiola remains wary of the Red Devils’ threat, and he believes that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men will have that extra motivation to win the derby after having suffered a humiliating 4-0 defeat at the hands of Everton last Sunday.

When asked if he believes United will be more dangerous on Wednesday, Pep replied: “A little bit, yes. It is a derby and all the times we play against United, the derbies are always special and the players do their best for the fans and the club.”