Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola warns his side to avoid cheap free-kicks

Pep Guardiola wants his Manchester City stars to avoid giving away cheap set-pieces at Old Trafford for fear of being toppled by Jose Mourinho’s United giants.

City have conceded twice from set plays in the last week, from a throw-in against Southampton and a corner during the late win over West Ham.

And Guardiola is mindful of the aerial bombardment coming his defence’s way in Sunday’s derby.

Pep Guardiola is mindful of Manchester United’s height advantage as the local derby nears

United carry a much taller presence than Manchester City and will use it to their advantage

Angelo Ogbonna’s headed goal recently highlighted how City can be exploited from corners

Vincent Kompany’s importance cannot be overstated.

The captain felt ‘discomfort’ before this week’s defeat by Shakhtar Donetsk and missed the match.

If Kompany is out of Sunday’s match, Guardiola will probably have to field the shaky Eliaquim Mangala.

Meanwhile, Yaya Toure claims United will fear City in the derby. ‘They are going to be worried about us,’ said the midfielder

‘But that’s going to make them very dangerous on the counter-attack and we have to be ready.’

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