"I think it's hard when you have got players that aren't in form", he told Sky Sports. We're just two points in front. "We have got a challenge on our hands to get there".
"He didn't perform in that game, and they're the ones that really count".
"I think we are not going to be relegated", the United boss said, via Evening Standard.
After being told the official supports Altrincham, Guardiola said: "So no problem". "We are in November".
Indeed, their derby defeat left Manchester United in tenth place and seven points adrift of Tottenham Hotspur in the final Champions League spot.
Raheem Sterling's stepovers in the final seconds drew an angry reaction from Juan Mata, who appeared to accuse the forward of showboating, and Pep Guardiola confronted the England global at the end over his behaviour.
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Butt pointed to the difference in class between City and United on Sunday when Pep Guardiola's men outclassed Jose Mourinho's side at the Etihad Stadium. "But he's young, and he's going to improve".
But overall, United are way behind Guardiola's free scoring side.
He is convinced that the Manchester United fans will see more of Fred as the season progresses and he will show his best form for the club in the coming months.
"But after 2-1 we reacted well, we didn't concede and step by step we regained our game". United are also 12 points from Cardiff in 18th, the same distance as they are from City at the top. United's defeat means they are as far away from City on points as they are to Cardiff City, who are in the relegation zone.
The Portuguese then went on to justify the Red Devils' performance in which they only managed one shot on goal, Martial's penalty, leaving the club now with a negative goal difference.
"I think that has happened, especially in this case".
"I don't know. So the people know, he is from Manchester but the people knows the team he supports?" It's different than a bad performance.