But the former Bayern Munich boss insists he is wary of United's last-gasp antics they have displayed in recent weeks.
Guardiola also played down talk that United are not the force they once were, citing their impressive results recently as a reason to not to underestimate the threat they still pose.
Whatever United's plans, they must involve what has been a problem for most Etihad visitors though, and that is staying in the game.
Asked if he felt United were operating on a fair playing field ahead of the derby, Mourinho said: "It's hard for me to answer because I focus on my job, I focus on the four lines". English teams always looking for the set-pieces. As are we all.
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Yet United know they can hurt Guardiola's side, having come from behind to win 3-2 at the Etihad Stadium in April and delay their title party.
"It doesn't matter if [our] confidence is good - it's always complicated". Although his goal was a beauty, the Portuguese stirred massive controversy after he opted to celebrate it - an act which surprised many Manchester United fans. "I don't think that's the way to look at the match".
"They have incredible talent up front and in the middle as well".
'I wouldn't do it again.