Pep Guardiola: Old Trafford Is Not Scary Anymore; Kevin De Bruyne out vs. United

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistApril 23, 2019

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Pep Guardiola the head coach / manager of Manchester City   during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at at Etihad Stadium on April 17, 2019 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)
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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has stoked the fires ahead of Wednesday's derby with Manchester United after he said Old Trafford isn't "scary anymore." 

City vlogger Ian Cheeseman relayed Guardiola's comments ahead of the Sky Blues' trip to the Theatre of Dreams:

City's one-sided recent record at Old Trafford suggests they aren't afraid of going there.

Stretching back to the Sky Blues' sensational 6-1 win over United at Old Trafford in 2011, they've won five and drawn one of their last seven Premier League visits there.

Per BBC Sport's Simon Stone, when asked why the stadium has lost its fear factor of late, Guardiola said:

City will have to play United on Wednesday without one of their most influential players, though.

Kevin De Bruyne limped out in the first half of the Sky Blues' 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, and Guardiola confirmed he would not be available against the Red Devils:

It will be far from the Belgian's first absence this season, per injury analyst Ben Dinnery:

Per Charlotte Duncker and Joe Bray of the Manchester Evening News, Guardiola added:

"Unfortunately he was injured and then another one and another one. He had two or three muscular problems as a consequence of his knee.

"With the competitions in England you don't have time to make preparations, the best way is to make a pre-season. We have to pay more attention to the little details when we go forward.

"Now we have to see if he can play one or two more games before the end of the season and have a good pre-season. He has a lovely family so his life is well-organised. We're going to speak with him, the doctors, the physios to make sure he is safe and fit."

De Bruyne has made just 11 Premier League starts this season, having been key to their title win in the last campaign, so they'll hope next season he can be fit throughout.

On current form, City shouldn't need him to get past a United side that have lost six of their last eight matches in all competitions.

Guardiola is anticipating a tough match, though. "I expect the best United tomorrow, I am sure." he said. "They are proud. Prepare the game as always, their strong points, their weak points and try to win the game."

Wednesday's match will see City play their game in hand on title rivals Liverpool, who are two points ahead with three games left to play. A win for the Sky Blues would put them in control before the Reds take on Huddersfield Town on Friday.

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