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This was, in many respects, nothing like City's strongest team, and Guardiola will be happy that the four first-teamers who did start came through the game unscathed; Sane and Fernandinho were even taken off before the end to keep them as fresh as possible.

De Bruyne, speaking yesterday, said he was thrilled that Man City had managed to beat a stubborn West Ham at the Etihad Stadium. Foden is the more likely of the two but Yaya Toure and Ilkay Gundogan might have dibs on that position, with Pep Guardiola keen to ensure he doesn't allow his players' mentality to creep into the realm of complacency.

The men's September 2016 reunion promised much, Guardiola's slick City wiping the floor with United in the first half before a Claudio Bravo blunder enabled Zlatan Ibrahimovic to make a game of it in the second.

City will make the short journey to OldTrafford on Sunday to face their arch-rivals, who are now one place behind and eight points behind them in the league. "I can promise you we are going to try to win the game".

"I would think that Mourinho will play a more cautious game".

"You need to kill the game when you have one chance because they are City and they have quality as well up front and they can kill the game at any time".

Pablo Zabaleta has backed Manchester City to win the Premier League title this season.

The Serbian worldwide sat out Tuesday night's 2-1 win over CSKA Moscow which secured United's place in the UEFA Champions League knockout stages, but, speaking in his post-match press conference, the boss explained that Matic is "still injured but will play for sure".

Having already secured top spot, Wednesday's match has little riding on it for City and Guardiola is expected to rest players.

They followed up impressive wins at Watford and Arsenal with a 2-1 defeat of CSKA Moscow that sent them into the Champions League last 16 and have not lost at home since last year's loss to City - a run of 40 matches.

"David Silva has a little problem - I don't know whether he will recover for Sunday", Guardiola said.

Silva scored City's victor against West Ham on Sunday.