“With United, you see the players up front, in the middle with players like Paul Pogba, [Nemanja] Matic and Fred with his energy, and the speed they have on the sides,” said Guardiola. “The central defenders [Raphael] Varane, [Harry] Maguire and [Victor] Lindelof, of course they have experience.
“So all of them and the bench they have, I see this. I don’t see a 19-point lead, or whatever we have. I don’t see points and I don’t care. I know we can win or lose and we will work today on the way we have to beat them.
“We are good at reading the situations in every moment and this is what we are going to do, knowing it is a different manager from last season and you start to realise what they want to do. They are more aggressive up front and there are moments they press, so intense, and moments they drop. When the ball is on the side, they have deep runners and they have quality to do this. The people up front are the best, alongside maybe Liverpool and with Chelsea. We know it and we have to control it.”