Pep Guardiola sends message to Manchester United ahead of Etihad clash

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola insists he isn’t scared of Manchester United ahead of the Manchester derby on Sunday.

“Scared is not the right word to explain when I approach an opponent. I have incredible respect but I think at the same time, I can lose or I can win,” Guardiola said, as quoted by Sky Sports.

“We know the quality they have. I was really impressed with the way they played at Stamford Bridge, the intensity, the rhythm, high pressing, how brave they are in many aspects. We accept the challenge and want to do a good game to try and win.

“I know how difficult United are. We have experienced that in the last years and I have the feeling that every year they are a better team than the previous season.

“They are a team with quality and for more than one year they have not lost away, and they have good results at the Etihad Stadium. But at the same time we know the opportunity we have to increase the distance.”

Manchester United have won three of the last four Manchester derbies at the Etihad Stadium.