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
"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
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.