Pep Guardiola says he is not bothered by Manchester United’s derby record because City have always been superior to their rivals in the Premier League since he became manager five years ago.
Guardiola has been beaten in three of his last four meetings with United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but is unfazed heading into Saturday’s league game at Old Trafford. Sky sports.
He is quick to point out that while United have proven their credentials as a superior team, City have finished above United in every season in the league since arriving in 2016, winning the title three times in that span.
“They are a good, good team and this can happen, but we do not forget the points of the last five or six years,” Guardiola said. Sky Sports News.
“In every season, we were ahead of them in the Premier League.
“So you want to say, ‘Okay, they beat us,’ it’s because it can happen, and they’re good.
But when I landed here to finish after five seasons, this is the sixth, the number of points ahead we have if we count each season, in the end that’s what counts. “
‘Ronaldo will score goals all his life, even at 75’
Guardiola had no shortage of compliments for Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of the Manchester derby.
Ronaldo, despite being 36, has not slowed down since returning to United from Juventus in the summer, scoring nine goals in 11 appearances, including decisive goals in three consecutive Champions League games.
Guardiola does not believe that the all-time leading scorer in international men’s football will ever quench his thirst for goals, even as he hangs up his boots.
He said: “I think he’s scored goals all his life and when he’s 75, maybe he’s retired, but at the barbecue, if they’re playing a game, he’s going to score a goal.”
“These kinds of guys, like [Lionel] Messi, like him … “, said Pep, pausing, unable to think of another player of the same caliber before continuing:” what they have done, or what Ronaldo has done in the last decade in world football, score goals and help your teams to win.
“Speak for itself.”
United belongs to Cristiano. Cristiano belongs to United ‘
There was a moment in the summer when it looked like Ronaldo might head to Etihad to join Guardiola at City, before United, with the help of Sir Alex Ferguson, stepped in to ensure the forward returned to Old Trafford for 12 years. after going to Real Madrid. .
Guardiola, who was unable to sign a striker in the summer, seems not to hold a grudge for the failed move.
“It’s good that the Premier League is back,” Guardiola said.
“United belongs to Cristiano. Cristiano belongs to United. It was a good fit in the past, maybe it will be good in the present and in the future.”