“He has scored once in those seven games — a penalty in the 6-1 defeat by Spurs — but that’s one more than his team-mates. Fernandes could do with stepping up, but so could the rest!”
Guardiola also namechecked Fernandes as one of the key threats that his side must neutralise, if they are to claim the bragging rights.
“They are so strong in all departments,” he said.
“Defensively, in midfield they have a quality playmaker in Bruno Fernandes and the players upfront, so much pace.
“They have experience in [Edinson] Cavani, a player I admire. How he lives his career.
“It’s Manchester United. All the time, United are top class. It’s a privilege for us to have been in front of them for the last seasons.
“My target is to do what we have done lately and be ourselves.”