English Premiership

Guardiola: City shouldn't underestimate United

2020-01-29 09:54
Pep Guardiola
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Cape Town - Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has warned his team against complacency as they prepare to take on Manchester United in the second leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final.

City outplayed United when the sides met at Old Trafford in the first leg earlier this month, winning 3-1.

The scoreline could easily have been even more convincing, such was City's dominance, but Guardiola is not taking anything for granted for the return at the Etihad Stadium.

The City manager said: "The team is good. They have weapons and an enormous big squad and quality there.

"I have incredible respect for their history, for Man United as a club. They can do it.

"We have to make the right approach, take the right decisions in the way we want to play and try to reach another final, that is our goal.

"They have a positional play and attacking play. They have quality in the middle, especially with (Juan) Mata, (Jesse) Lingard - they are big talents.

"They have incredible players upfront. OK, no (Marcus) Rashford but they have (Anthony) Martial and (Daniel) James and good quality of players in the middle like (Mason) Greenwood.

"At set-pieces, they have (Victor) Lindelof, (Harry) Maguire, (Nemanja) Matic, strong and good full-backs with (Aaron) Wan-Bissaka and (Luke) Shaw, a good goalkeeper, an international. They have incredible weapons."

United beat City last time the sides met at the Etihad, in the Premier League, in December, using the counter-attack to formidable effect.

Guardiola said: "When they defend deep, they can run in three or four seconds. We experienced that, not just the day we came and lost here in the Premier League, but the season with Mourinho was the same.

"They were incredible on the counter-attack. You have to try and control them."

City are bidding to win the League Cup for a third year in succession and a fifth time in seven seasons.


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