"I do not have a team that will concentrate on that but concentrate on playing football. That is our strength."
The Swede reacted after Fergie was asked whether he thought City would be over-enthusiastic with their tackling as in past derbies.
Fergie said: "Yes I think it will be the same. It's up to the referee to be strong. Derby games always see City with a point to prove."
But Eastlands boss Eriksson added: "I have not bought players famous for kicking opponents but players famous for their quality."