Pep Guardiola picks out Man Utd player he admires the most ahead of derby showdown

Pep Guardiola picks out Man Utd player he admires the most ahead of derby showdown

- Pep Guadiola seems to be playing the ‘mind-games’ ahead of the Manchester Derby

- Manchester City host neighbours Manchester United in a highly anticipated Premier League game

- Guardiola who is wary of the Red Devils says he admires Edinson Cavani a lot

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Ahead of Sunday’s Manchester Derby, City boss Pep Guardiola has stated that he admires United striker Edinson Cavani a lot.

The manager also raised concerns about the threat posed by the Red Devils as he singled out the striker from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s attack ahead of the showdown.

Guardiola praised Cavani for his blistering career in the game of football while giving a hint of what should be expected when both teams lock horns at the Etihad Stadium.

The very experienced goal scorer who joined Manchester United last summer on a free transfer has won a staggering 19 titles so far playing for Napoli and PSG.

The veteran striker has scored over 400 career goals and will hope to add to his tally as he makes his first appearance for United against cross-town rivals Manchester City.

Ahead of the game, Guardiola said via Mirror:

"They are so strong in all departments. Defensively. Bruno Fernandes, the speed upfront with [Dan] James, [Marcus] Rashford, [Anthony] Martial.
"The experience of Cavani, a player I admire the most for what he’s done with his career."
Pep Guardiola picks out Man Utd player he admires the most ahead of derby showdown
Pep Guardiola wary of Manchester United. Photo: Ferenc Isza
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City continued the remarkable run of form in the Premier League following a 4-1 win over Wolves in a week 27 match played at the Etihad.

An own goal from Leander Dendoncke as well as a Gabriel Jesus' brace and another from Riyad Mahrez were enough to give City their consecutive 21st win of the season.

Pep Guardiola's side have now established a 15-point lead at the top of the Premier League table as they welcome Man United to the Etihad next.

Meanwhile, earlier reported that Manchester City star Hernandez famously called ‘Rodri’ is wrapping up his Business Administration and Management studies.

The 24-year-old has so far played more minutes than any player under Pep Guardiola during this campaign despite also attending classes.

It was gathered that the key for Rodri has always been education, but he has also made time to focus on his footballing career.

The Spaniard had studied Business Studies and Economics at University during his stint with La Liga club Villarreal.

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