Guardiola has ‘ridiculous’ tactical plans before Saturday’s derby clash with Manchester United

Pep Guardiola Manchester City

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has revealed that he has a few ridiculous ideas ahead of his side’s meeting with fierce rivals, Manchester United.

The Man City manager is not a stranger to switching things up and to strange lineups. He famously played Kevin De Bruyne as a false nine against Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League last two seasons and recently made Joao Cancelo start as a right winger during away games at Liverpool and Chelsea this season.

He may have another surprise up his sleeve as he attempts to reduce the gap between them and Arsenal when they face Erik ten Hag’s rejuvenated side.

The Cityzens can go within two points of the Gunners with a victory at Old Trafford, where Guardiola has won six times in nine visits.

Speaking about the game ahead of his side’s Carabao Cup meeting with Southampton via Sportsmail, the Catalan coach revealed he has yet to decide on his tactics or the lineup against the Red Devils.

“I would like to arrive against United with the average of minutes in the legs of the players being quite similar because I have a few ideas, some thoughts, ridiculous ones against United,” Guardiola said.

“But still, I didn’t watch their last games. I have to see the way they play at home and if they change something. I still have to review it. That is why I don’t have a clear lineup against United.”

Manchester City travel to Saint Mary’s looking to qualify for the semifinals of the Carabao Cup for the fifth time in five seasons.