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Pep Guardiola quizzed on whether he will be a ‘Manchester United fan’ this weekend for Arsenal clash



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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has been quizzed on whether he will be a ‘Manchester United fan’ for this weekend as the Old Trafford club take on Arsenal.

Erik ten Hag’s side will be hoping to bounce back with a positive performance and result this weekend following a hugely underwhelming and negative outing against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Monday night.

Encouragingly for Manchester City, the Old Trafford club’s next contest comes against Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal, who are being expected to push the Premier League champions all the way this season in the hunt for the top-flight crown.

For Manchester City, Pep Guardiola and his players are not expecting any favours whatsoever between now and the end of the season, and have their eyes firmly set on winning their three remaining matches in order to become league champions once again.

Responding to whether he will be a ‘Manchester United fan’ for this weekend only, ahead of Erik ten Hag’s side’s clash against City’s Premier League title challengers Arsenal on Sunday, Pep Guardiola provided the perfect response for those associated with the Sky Blue club.

“I’m a (Manchester) City fan, to try to beat Fulham, this is what I’m concerned about,” Guardiola said in swift response.

The lead-up to Manchester City’s clash with Fulham has also seen the Cottagers go viral for players flying kites during training, with some of an Arsenal persuasion believing that the London club are ‘on the beach’ for the weekend’s contest.

Guardiola was having none of it however, as he responded, “Are you sure, that it will be easy? I didn’t meet one player, one manager, one team that when they start to play they are not focussed to win the game. Never, ever in my life, and I will not see it.”

Guardiola continued, “They play in front of their fans, they come to perform well, and they will do everything to beat us, like we will do everything to beat them. But about that, I don’t know what you’re talking about, I didn’t see anything.”

Manchester City will be travelling to Fulham with the huge boost of having a fully-fit squad at the disposal of Pep Guardiola and his coaching staff, with little changes expected from their recent victories.

City also find themselves on an unbeaten run that stretches all the way back to mid-December across all competitions, with their UEFA Champions League exit to Real Madrid also going down as a draw in regulation time with the contest decided on a penalty shoot-out.