Read what Pep Guardiola has to say ahead of facing Manchester United

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Manchester United have since relinquished their position at the top of the league, as Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City has since taken the number one spot.

United are 14 points behind, and a win at the Etihad Stadium will reduce the gap to 11 points.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola isn’t taking the game lightly and still believes that United are still in the title race.

Pep Guardiola said: “It’s just one game where the Premier League is 38 games.

“Of course they are a real contender, second in table. Everybody knows how important it is but all we’re thinking of is the gameplan, to execute it as well as possible and try to win the game.

“They are so strong in all departments. Defensively and in midfield they have quality, then playmaker Bruno Fernandes and the people up front.

“They have speed with (Daniel) James, (Marcus) Rashford, (Anthony) Martial and experience with (Edinson) Cavani, one of the players I admire the most for his career, what he has done. But we are going to be ourselves. This is my target, our target – to do what we have done lately. Be ourselves.

“We know the quality they have. We accept every challenge and want to do a good game to win it.”