Pep Guardiola gives a vicious Man Utd makes a shocking comment about the Manchester Derby.
The reigning Premier League winners Manchester City will play Erik ten Hag’s team at Old Trafford on Sunday, but Pep Guardiola maintains that Liverpool, not United, are his team’s main adversaries.
Pep Guardiola’s insistence that Manchester United are not Manchester City’s main opponents has delivered the ultimate derby day snub.
Guardiola has turned City into the most powerful team in Europe, whereas the Reds have fallen from favour spectacularly and are now once more mired in the middle of the table.
When his United club was the only team in town to win serial titles, Sir Alex Ferguson reportedly maintained that the Blues could never be considered a danger.
While Guardiola acknowledged that Ferguson was correct in his judgement, he also hinted that in his eight seasons at the Etihad, he has never considered United to be a real threat.
Guardiola declared, “Liverpool will have been my rivals and our rivals when I finish my tenure here.” They have presented us with a challenge and improved our performance as a team across the board.
“They have pushed us harder than any other team has during my time here.”
“Overall, it has been Liverpool, but there was one year with Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] that was fairly close.”
Ferguson’s United was winning two Champions Leagues and 13 Premier League crowns, but the Blues were relegated to League One and lasted 35 years without winning a trophy.
“Sir Alex was right, City were not challengers,” Guardiola continued. Because they were the richest, United and Arsenal would not have been present in the absence of (owner) Sheikh Mansour and (chairman) Khaldoon, who assumed control and made an investment.
“Even I, who was in Barcelona at the time, could not have predicted what had transpired in that moment,” said Sir Alex Ferguson.
However, this is the current situation, and we intend to remain here as long as we can.
“We didn’t belong to the elite. However, we are now elite, and perhaps that makes them uneasy (United). We wish to remain there in the future as well as be there right now.