- Pep Guardiola gave an honest answer when asked whether he felt Manchester United are in the title race
- United recently won the Carabao Cup and have an outside chance of winning three other pieces of silverware this season
- Guardiola admitted there was something different about United this season under Erik Ten Hag
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola weighed in on the popular question of whether local rivals Manchester United are in the title race in the 2022/23 campaign.
The Citizens faced Newcastle United in the early kick off on Saturday and prior to the game, Guardiola had a brief chat with former United star Rio Ferdinand, who was on punditry duty alongside Rafael Benitez, and Joleon Lescott.
Having won the Carabao Cup last Sunday, United now turn their attention to the Premier League, Europa League and FA Cup.
Their next Premier League fixture is a tricky derby against Liverpool on Sunday, and ahead of the game, Ferdinand could not help but pose the popular question to Guardiola.
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"One of the biggest questions we have is - how do you feel that it is a three-horse race now with Manchester United back in the game?" The United legend asked, to which Guardiola responded:
"Yeah they are back, they are back. Sooner or later it should happen, sooner or later."
"Do you see it as a three-horse race now?" asked presenter Lynsey Hipgrave.
"I said two or three months ago that Manchester is back. The body language, how they celebrate the goals, before in the past it was not like that.
How far back are United in the title race?
Arsenal remain league leaders after their dramatic 3-2 win over Bournemouth on Saturday, as the victory kept them five points ahead of Manchester City, who also beat Newcastle.
United are third, 14 points behind Arsenal but with two games in hand.
Guardiola on how they beat Newcastle
Sports Brief also reported on Guardiola’s take on why they beat Newcastle on Saturday.
The Citizens emerged 2-0 victors on the day thanks to goals from Phil Foden and Bernardo Silva.
According to Guardiola, it all came down to getting the better of the Magpies in the first half.
‘‘We had a really good first half, the second half they started really well but we broke the game. We won the game and didn't suffer much at the end. It's an incredible result for us. A tricky game,’’ he said.