Manchester United are in full-on crisis mode – and Pep Guardiola is loving it.
While Erik ten Hag’s Red Devils have endured a torrid start to the new season both on and off the pitch, local rivals Manchester City have picked up right where they left off after winning a historic treble last term.
Though the Cityzens lost the Community Shield to Arsenal in the first competitive fixture of the new campaign, they have since gone on to beat every opponent they have faced, with goalscoring machine Erling Haaland already racking up seven goals in just five Premier League outings in this nascent season.
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City boss Pep Guardiola spoke about his side’s start to the campaign ahead of their Champions League clash with Red Star Belgrade and he also offered his thoughts on his club’s Premier League rivals – including Man Utd.
What did Guardiola say?
“Everyone has to find something inside to want to get better,” the Spaniard said, “every player must go over their limits and feel that, otherwise it’s difficult. We will have downs in the season… but to start the season that way and some teams are taking the distance now.”
“But how strong is Arsenal? I saw their win at Goodison Park, they are exceptional. Liverpool again, their mentality is continuing there.”
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When asked about United, Guardiola couldn’t hide his amusement. He then said after a quick chuckle: “Well they didn’t start as they expect, a bit like Chelsea, but always they are Man United, they are Chelsea, they will take the rhythm.”
Like City, Man Utd will also be in action in Europe’s premier competition this week. The Red Devils kick off their Champions League campaign in Munich where they will go up against former Bayern and long-time transfer target Harry Kane, coached by ex-Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel.