Guardiola on Zlatan and ‘controlling’ game v United

Date published: Friday 9th September 2016 3:02

Pep Guardiola insists Manchester City will aim to “attack” and “control” the derby against United.

Guardiola heads into his first ever Manchester derby on Saturday as he travels to Old Trafford with his City troops to take on United.

Both sides boast a perfect record after three Premier League games, and will be looking to lay down a marker in the title race.

Guardiola says that his side will aim to “control” the clash, despite the fact that they will be the visitors to Jose Mourinho’s hosts.

“It depends on the way we play,” he said when asked what he expects the result to be. “I believe now and until the last day of my career that you have to play good to win the game.

“I want to attack, control the game, concede a few counter attacks – but play good.”

The Spaniard then discussed striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with whom he endured a difficult relationship during their time together at Barcelona.

Guardiola signed the forward, but sold him after just one year at the Nou Camp after they regularly clashed.

“Zlatan, I have a lot of respect for what he has done in his career,” was the manager’s reply when the United striker’s name was mentioned. “What he did everywhere is amazing. He is one of the best players.

“Some players need time to understand the league but the big players don’t.”

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