Pep Guardiola provides injury update on Ruben Dias, John Stones and Kevin De Bruyne

City have only registered one shot on target in their last two matches, when they lost 2-0 to Southampton in the Carabao Cup and 2-1 to Manchester United in the Premier League, but Guardiola denied that his players are struggling to adapt to Erling Haaland.

“We have played really good with him so it is not about that,” he added. “To play better, to create more chances is to provide more balls for him or the other strikers. This is what we have to work with. Sometimes, to make chances you need to make a good build-up, put the ball inside to open and spread the defensive lines and we struggled in the last two games.”

Guardiola urged his side to forget the controversy of United’s equaliser on Saturday, when Bruno Fernandes scored after a pass was directed towards the offside Marcus Rashford, and to concentrate on their own results.

He added: “We have to improve our game and control what we can control. This is what big teams have to do.”

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