Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola plays down poor Manchester United start

Rafa Benitez Newcastle

Rafa Benitez Newcastle

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany said the Premier League champions must keep kicking neighbours Manchester United while they are down as the Red Devils continue to struggle following Alex Ferguson's retirement.

Pep Guardiola's record-breaking City finished 19 points clear of United last season, while Jose Mourinho's side have lost two of their opening three matches this season.

"You need a transition period".

"Manchester United are still dealing with a post-Ferguson era".

Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Ruben Neves is reportedly on the radar of Manchester United and Manchester City.

"The important thing is to know the quality and I believe when you get to that level in the Premier League, all the managers are here because they are top, top managers". "They'll always get that side of me, feeling compassionate, but any time it takes them to get back up, we need to take advantage of it".

But nowhere is that sense of revolution felt more sharply in the city than on the pitch, where the club once dismissed by Sir Alex Ferguson as the "noisy neighbours" now set the tone.

"It was the biggest game in City's history for a long time", he said. "Everything else has been part of the process".

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