United still trail their local rivals by eight points at the top of the Premier League table, but they will go into the derby at Old Trafford in good form having won their last four league games, including a thrilling 3-1 victory at top-four rivals Arsenal on Saturday.
Shakhtar coach Paulo Fonseca said: "This is the most joyful press conference of my career!"
Just like against Huddersfield and Southampton, City's players had to pick their way through a packed defence to keep the winning run going.
For the faithful Red Devils fans who remain convinced their team will rise to the occasion and hand City their first bitter pill of defeat to swallow on Sunday evening, never have you had a better time to put your money where your heart is and get over 2 to 1 on your stake for seeing your side win at home.
With the way he is going, as well as the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesus, they are playing exciting football. We knew we had to be patient, we came out flying in the second half, we tried to explain to the boys we still had time and then we started to relax a bit more and found those spaces.
"I think there are ways to play against them, I think they've got weaknesses". "It showed what we are".
Guardiola, who had until Monday December 4 to respond, subsequently admitted that he regretted the outburst but said: "I can not control myself".
I'm not sure it is the most exciting I've ever seen, because there were times when Arsenal's Invincibles played some really fantastic stuff.
In winning their 13th successive Premier League match, City equalled the record held by both Arsenal and Chelsea.
"It is a big opportunity to win 18 points from 18 points".
Moyes was particularly impressed with the "effort and energy" of his players as they held out for nearly 60 minutes against one of the Premier League's most potent attacking sides.
West Ham manager David Moyes was impressed with his side's performance against City and believes they have "a real chance" of avoiding relegation. We had two strikers in the second half and that helped, it was a big lesson for me. But for a brilliant display from United goalkeeper David De Gea, the end-of-game reactions from those two old foes would have been completely different. "Our game idea is always the same, and with this type of game we must have a lot of patience and precision when attacking".
"The only [game] that has been a disappointment was the Everton one".