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MANCHESTER, England — Pep Guardiola said Sunday’s Manchester derby will be a special occasion but that it is too early for the to be considered the biggest game of the season. 

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 are nine points clear of their rivals but Guardiola insisted a derby win would not kill off United’s chances of challenging them for the title.

“All derbies are special, I think in Spain there is more noise than here but special, special for everybody,” he said. “Of course it means a lot to the supporters, they are special but we are in Novmeber, maybe the game at Old Trafford will be more important but it’s a good one for us and United.

“Like all the games are so tight, last minutes no team controlled the game and you have to defend well and try to attack like we’ve done in the last few games.”

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