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Man Utd vs Man City: Guardiola discusses tactical plans for Manchester derby

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The Citizens hope to end their city rivals’ four-game winning streak in the Premier League.

Pep Guardiola has admitted he needs more time to outline his tactical plans for Manchester City’s upcoming clash against Manchester United. 

United face Guardiola’s men on the back of an impressive run of victories in recent weeks. Having won all of their post-World Cup matches, United has claimed a place in the Premier League’s top four ahead of the Manchester derby.

With City chasing Arsenal at the top of the league table, the game is also a must-win for the Citizens. But Guardiola says he might add more changes to his initial ideas for the game after watching Man Utd’s last few displays.

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“I have a few ideas, thoughts – ridiculous ones against United,” Guardiola said. “But I still haven’t watched their last games.

“I have to see the way they play at home and if they change something. That is why I don’t have a clear lineup [yet] against United.”

He added: “The [FA Cup] game against Chelsea I made a lot of changes for one reason: how tired I saw some players after the [first] game, after the trip.

“We arrived too late back and in the training the day after I saw the players tired. It also depends on those who didn’t play against Chelsea. I would like to arrive against United with the average of minutes in the legs of the players quite similar.”