Pep Guardiola is expecting Manchester United to fly out of the traps at Old Trafford on Sunday – and suggested Manchester City are already preparing for their knockout fixtures later this month.

City can open an 18-point gap on their rivals with victory but Guardiola warned that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have started to hit their stride.

United are nine matches unbeaten, their most encouraging run of the season, and three points adrift of Chelsea in the final Champions League spot.