Manchester City went from 1974 to 2008 without winning a game at Old Trafford but the Blues boss, Pep Guardiola believes it’s all in the past now.
They travel to United tomorrow having won on five of their last seven visits.
City manager Pep Guardiola does not feel such form reversal will have any impact on this meeting, but he accepts it means the Blues have no need to fear a trip across town.
“I don’t make theories about what happened in the past. Every game is completely different,” he said.
“The fact is this club grew a lot in the last decade, so it is not scary to go there.
“Before that it was maybe more difficult. The players Manchester City have had in the last decade made this game a little bit more equal.”
Guardiola was asked if he was worried about Manchester United’s response after losing 4-0 at Everton on Sunday.
The City boss said: “A little bit, yeah but even with a good result, their confidence would be higher.
“It is a derby and all the times we play against United, the derbies are always special games and the players do their best for the fans, for the club.
“I saw the game and I imagine what will happen against us. The game against Everton is over.”
After Sunday’s 4-0 defeat at Everton, Manchester United have lost six of their last eight matches in all competitions.
But Guardiola said: “I expect the best United tomorrow, I am sure.
“They are bright. Football players try to do their best and tomorrow is going to happen. We prepare for their strong points and weak points.”
Pep Guardiola was asked about the pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at derby rivals Manchester United with the Red Devils having gone on a poor run of form since the former United striker was handed the manager’s job permanently.
The City boss said: “He came back here after being a
“Everybody needs time,” he added.
“In our world, our position, I am close to Solskjaer. I understand perfectly his position. We feel alone and that is why I understand completely his position.
“It happens to all the managers around the world. That is the reality. I understand him perfectly. I support him.”