Comparing Guardiola’s record in the Manchester derby with Ferguson’s

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola gesticulates during the Premier League victory over Brentford at Etihad Stadium, Manchester, February 2022.

Pep Guardiola and Sir Alex Ferguson are arguably the two greatest managers in the modern era, winning an obscene amount of trophies and reshaping football in England – but which had the better record in the Manchester derby?

Both have experienced their fair share of triumph and disappointment in the fixture between Manchester City and Manchester United.

Ferguson was in the Old Trafford hot seat throughout United’s imperial phase and won over half his fixtures against City, including a famous comeback win at Maine Road in 1993-94.

But, even though City were usually mediocre during the Ferguson era, they scored some notable victories over United including the 2-1 win at Old Trafford in 2008 and winning the last derby at Maine Road.

Like Ferguson, Guardiola has managed City during their reign as English football’s most dominant side and has often secured memorable victories at Old Trafford. Their last meeting was a dominant 2-0 win for the current league champions in November 2021.

But, despite their inferiority, United have often beaten City during the Guardiola years. The most memorable occasion was in April 2018, with City needing victory to secure the league title and leading 2-0 at half-time.

United looked dead and buried but Paul Pogba, enjoying arguably his finest performance for the club, dragged his side level before Chris Smalling scored an improbable winner for Jose Mourinho’s side.

So both Ferguson and Guardiola have enjoyed a love-hate relationship with the Manchester derby but which of these elite managers had more success in the fixture?

We’ve crunched the numbers to find out…

Pep Guardiola

Games: 15
Wins: 7
Draws: 2
Losses: 6

Goals for: 19
Goals against: 15

Points per game: 1.53
Win rate: 46.6%
Loss rate: 40.0%

Goals per game: 1.26
Goals against per game: 1.0

Sir Alex Ferguson

Games: 44
Wins: 25
Draws: 8
Losses: 11

Goals for: 73
Goals against: 56

Points per game: 1.89
Win percentage: 56.8%
Loss percentage: 25.0%

Goals per game: 1.66
Goals against per game: 1.27


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