Guardiola Identifies Key Manchester United Threat: The Player Man City Must Neutralize In Derby Clash

Pep Guardiola

Guardiola not only acknowledges the Portuguese midfielder’s undeniable talent but also highlights the threat he poses to Manchester City‘s defensive strategies.

City Boss insistence on nullifying Fernandes reflects the meticulous tactical planning required to contain a player of his caliber, one who possesses the innate ability to turn the tide of a match with his creative prowess.

Despite Fernandes’ undeniable talent, his season has been marked by moments of criticism, particularly regarding his captaincy.

Roy Keane‘s suggestion in October that Fernandes should be stripped of the captain’s armband, followed by Gary Neville‘s questioning of his desire for leadership, has created a backdrop of scrutiny around the midfielder.

However, Fernandes has repeatedly responded to these challenges with resilience and determination, showcasing his mental fortitude and commitment to the team’s cause.

Most recently, Fernandes faced scrutiny following Manchester United‘s disappointing defeat to Fulham.

Yet, he swiftly silenced doubters by delivering a crucial assist for Casemiro’s late FA Cup winner against Nottingham Forest midweek.



Guardiola was full of praise for United’s captain ahead of kick-off, believing he can cause major problems at any moment and highlighting him as a player his side must keep quiet on Sunday afternoon.

‘He is an exceptional player, Especially the consistency to play in every single game and in every single competition.

‘I admire him a lot for that. He is a guy that when he has the ball, something is going to happen.

In set pieces, in connections with players up front with [Alejandro] Garnacho, with Rashford, all the strikers they have up there.

‘What can I say, he is a really, really important player.’

Asked if his side will be working specifically to nullify Fernandes’ threat, Guardiola added: ‘Of course, it always has to be like that. Always he can be creating something.’

With City currently operating on another level to their rivals, Guardiola was asked if Fernandes and Luke Shaw would be the only United players he would take in his City squad.

Guardiola continues: ‘That is football fantasy. I don’t like it.’

Guardiola’s acknowledgment of Bruno Fernandes as a key figure in the Manchester derby not only highlights the,

midfielder’s talent but also underscores the strategic considerations and challenges that Manchester City must navigate to neutralize his influence on the pitch.