Following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's claim that Manchester United were bigger than Manchester City during his playing days, Pep Guardiola has smiled off the claim.
Solskjaer had to wait till 2001 for his first taste of the Manchester Derby after he joined back in 1996 months after City were relegated.
The United manager aimed a dig at City in his pre-match press conference, "At least we play every year now! It took many years before I played a Manchester derby myself."
Speaking in a press conference ahead of the Manchester Derby, Guardiola responded to Solskjaer's claim, "Listen, for United's fans, they'll always be the biggest club.
"For the City fans, they'll always be the biggest club. We love our clubs. Each fan loves their clubs and that's why they support them. It doesn't matter if you have a lot of success in the past, it's part of what they feel.
"Normally, supporters want to see their teams win and win and win. But they support them even in the bad circumstances.
"I learnt about Manchester City's history and in the bad, bad moments, the support was almost higher or more louder than, for example, now.
"So if you're looking at the trophy cabinet, they are better, no doubts about that. Numbers are numbers and in that situation they've lifted more titles than us.
"But we're trying to be there for as long as possible and for City fans, Manchester City will always be better. Like United fans believe they are better."