Fellaini plays down the gap between Man United and local rivals City

Pep Guardiola says West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini laid the foundations for Manchester City's current success during his time at the Etihad.

Nine of the 11 are Premier League matches, with the other two - versus Paris Saint-Germain and Napoli - to determine Jürgen Klopp's side's fate in terms of qualification for the last 16 of the Champions League.

"I don't think [we're far away]", he told Sky Sports.

Benjamin Mendy will be out for up to three months after having surgery on a knee injury, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said. But I have a deep squad, and a lot of players can not play even though I trust them a lot. "We are going to try to use the game as a good test".

Fellaini started in United's 3-1 defeat to City before the worldwide break and could be in line to play when they take on Crystal Palace this Saturday. After he went to Real Madrid he did very well with 96 points but at Barcelona we did 99.

Kevin De Bruyne right is also out through injury
Kevin De Bruyne right is also out through injury

However, City said Guardiola will not go into the transfer market in January and is likely to use players who normally operate in other roles to cover for the France worldwide.

"If we keep playing well and getting three points after three points, what the rest of the teams do is not going to matter".

In previous seasons, players who switched clubs during the winter transfer window would not be able to play for their new club in the Champions League that season, given he played for his old club in the same league already. But they also have had hard games this season.

"Now, I feel being here I am a better manager too, because I learned to handle this incredible league in many circumstances". I am so happy with the squad and the people that are coming back. "He did well at Malaga as well and he is going to do well at West Ham".

  • Steve Townsend