Manchester United and Manchester City have hit more impressive form since their 0-0 draw in December and are preparing for the Carabao Cup semi-final on Wednesday.
won thePremier League
title in 2012-13,Manchester City
never finished the season below United and even won three titles in a row, two of which came under
Now City and United are going to face each other in Wednesday’sCarabao Cup
“United has always been a big club," Guardiola said. "When I faced them with Barcelona, Bayern Munich, and here, it was always important.
"It is a rivalry in the city and for many decades United was above Manchester City. For us, we are incredibly proud and it is an honor for the last decade to be there with them and sometimes win, most of the times, and sometimes lose.”
Both teams have hit more impressive form since their 0-0 draw in December, although United sit level points with Liverpool at the top and even could go top if they do not lose their game against Burnley.
"They have always been contenders," Guardiola said. "Every year, when we start the season, United is a contender.
"If it didn’t happen in the last few seasons, it is a question for them. It is no different facing United or other contenders."
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, City did not have six of their first-team players available but now after 10 days of self-isolation, Kyle Walker and Gabriel Jesus are available while Ederson, Ferran Torres, Eric Garcia, and Tommy Doyle will still remain unavailable at Old Trafford.
“We don’t have many players. To play one or two games is okay but if this sustains for a long time and I can only use 14 or 15 players it will be more difficult," Guardiola explained.
"Like everyone in the world, we adapt, you have to adjust our lives and our professions as much as possible and we don’t have an alternative.
"The most important thing is that the guys who have Covid can recover well and the guys handle it well and try to avoid it as much as possible."