Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has revealed the changes he has noticed from rivals Manchester United since the start of the season.
The Manchester derby is back in full swing this weekend as the Red Devils welcome the Sky Blues to Old Trafford on Sunday.
United come into the game brimming with confidence having not lost any of their last nine matches in all competitions, including wins over City and Chelsea.
And Guardiola has admitted that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men are in the form of their lives ahead of Sunday’s game.
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The Spaniard said he is looking forward to facing a rejuvenated Red Devils outfit who will be leaving their all on the pitch to try and secure Champions League football.
“From what I saw they follow him (Solskjaer) absolutely,” Guardiola commented.
“They're getting better. Right now is maybe their best moment of the season.
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“When I saw the last game they were incredibly aggressive. In some games they are defending against us, but what I saw of the last games it’s a team that is aggressive, at Goodison Park they played a good game.
“It’s so nice, I love it, they’re always special, the situation this season is a bit different as we play to improve, not to win the title, for them it’s so important, it will affect the Champions League next season.
“We want to improve what we’re going to do, at Sheffield we had moments that we didn’t do perfectly.”
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Guardiola also issued an injury update on Leroy Sane and Kevin de Bruyne, who were both targeting an early return against United this weekend.
He said of Sane: “He’s making big progress but he’s still not 100 per cent fit and he has to be 100 per cent fit to play now. Maybe another Under-23 game would be good.”
Before adding about De Bruyne: “He’s getting better, tomorrow he’s going to train, he’s not perfect but he feels better.”
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