PEP GUARDIOLA says going to Old Trafford is no longer scary for Manchester City.
The Red Devils have struggled in recent home derbies against their neighbours – winning just once in the Premier League since 2011.
Prior to that, City had not won there for 34 years until they bucked the trend by winning there under Sven Goran Eriksson in 2008.
They need to win on Wednesday night though to keep their destiny in their own hands.
And Guardiola said: “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 made this game a little bit more equal.
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“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.”
Guardiola did admit United’s hammering at Everton on Sunday has concerned him – as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will expect a reaction.
Asked if it had worried him, he said: “A little bit, yeah but even a good result, the confidence will be higher.
“It is a derby and all the times we play against United, the derbies are always special games and the players do their best for the fans the club.
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“I saw the game, I imagine what will happen against us. The game against Everton is over.
“I expect the best United tomorrow, I am sure. They are bright.
“Football players try to do their best and tomorrow is going to happen. We prepare for their strong points and weak points.”