Manchester derby is not the biggest game of the season - Pep Guardiola

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"I think that we believe more that we are a good team, we have also improved and mentally we are stronger", he said.

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The Manchester City boss faces old rival Jose Mourinho, whose Manchester United side delayed them winning last season's Premier League title with a surprise 3-2 win at the Etihad Stadium in April.

City have also finished ahead of United in the league in every season since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in May 2013 and Silva said that is evidence enough of the changing of the guard in Manchester since the 6-1 win.

Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci angrily approached Mourinho as he cupped his ear at the Bianconeri fans and the United coach was escorted off the pitch by a UEFA official and some members of his staff.

Silva, speaking to ESPN FC in his role as an ambassador for the resort of Anfi in his native Gran Canaria, has played a central role in City's rise to become Manchester's top team since arriving from Valencia eight years ago. "We stick together through the hard times and the good and we win games like this, and it puts us on a high". I can not say we will be successful in our motivations and desire, but we played two hard matches away against two very good teams, Chelsea and Juventus, and we managed to get good results. "I expect a hard game but, in a derby, everything is possible, and we will be ready for that".

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Yet some felt that Mourinho had taken the attention away from his players and the desire they showed to come back from 1-0 to record a memorable win.

Manchester City are likely to recall all-time top scorer Sergio Aguero, who was an unused substitute against Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday.

Seventh-placed United are nine points behind City, who are unbeaten this season on 29 points from 11 matches. Throughout the history United have beat City more.

"I didn´t offend anyone at the end, I just made a gesture that I wanted to hear them louder".

He's clearly enjoying himself right now.

"But in this moment, I can only say he trains with the team".