Guardiola would welcome FA Cup clash against resurgent United

2019-01-28 07:45
Pep Guardiola
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Cape Town - Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola would welcome a showdown with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's resurgent Manchester United in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

City advanced in the world's oldest cup competition after they thrashed fellow Premier League side Burnley 5-0 at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

The emphatic win made it 29 goals without reply since the Citizens last conceded in their own net and they are still on course to win an unprecedented quadruple of trophies this season.

Solskjaer's United are also on an amazing run of from with the Norwegian guiding the Red Devils to eight wins in a row after their 2-0 success in the FA Cup against Arsenal on Friday.

Guardiola said it was important just to be in the fifth-round draw and they will be ready for any team, even United, after they were humbled by Championship side Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup last season.

The Manchester City mentor said: "What is important is to be in there.

"I know with United, they've won eight in a row and are doing so good. But we are going to face a team and try to do better than we did last season.

"We went out against Wigan last year, so hopefully this time we can get into the quarters and then Wembley again."

Guardiola's focus for now though will be to turn City's attention back to Premier League duties as they continue their pursuit of Liverpool at the top of the standings.

The Reds hold a four-point lead over City with the Citizens next in league action on Tuesday against Newcastle away.

Guardiola said on the title chase: "We'll see what happens in the next four, five, six games to see if we can catch them, but we analyse game by game.

"We create chances - everybody's commitment is there. We are always they are there and that's the point."

The draw will take place on Monday, January 28, before Barnet and Brentford kick-off at The Hive Stadium.


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