GETTYMarouane Fellaini sees red in last season's Manchester Derby
That’s the intriguing verdict of Leon Osman ahead of the clash between the Premier League’s top two teams.
Pep Guardiola’s side had gone 28 games unbeaten before his second string side succumbed 2-1 in the Ukraine.
And former Everton star Osman believes the result could take the pressure off City ahead of their trip to Old Trafford.
“I think with City losing… say they hadn’t lost and had gone to Old Trafford at the weekend, beaten Man Utd and kept the run going,” he told The Debate on Sky Sports.
“It’s going to be all over the press, it’s all the press want to talk about: ‘City are still unbeaten, how long can this go on for?’
“That adds pressure going into each game and that may be felt.
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“He’ll be thinking: The pressure’s off and we can start again”Leon Osman
“So to have lost it in a game that didn’t matter, I think he’ll be quietly pleased.
“He’ll be thinking: ‘The pressure’s off and we can start again.’
“We didn’t lose any points and it didn’t make any kind of difference moving forwards.”
Danny Murphy was in agreement and reckons the fact that Guardiola rested so many of his big names will only make Man Utd’s task tougher.
“Personally as a player and I think I speak for the majority - If you’re not playing in a game and you lose, you don’t lose confidence,” he said.
“Just because someone played instead of you and the team lost.
“I think that it won’t make any difference and they’ve got to go into the game as favourites.”
The clash between Jose Mourinho's and Guardiola’s sides takes place on Sunday (4.30pm) at Old Trafford.