The Cityzens lost 2-1 to the Red Devils in the Premier League earlier this season.
The defending EFL Cup champions Manchester City will take on their cross-town rivals Manchester United on Tuesday in the semi-final first leg. Their head coach Pep Guardiola insists that the Red Devils are one of the best teams in Europe, ‘when they’re allowed to run.’
With the likes of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Daniel James in their attack, United have become a lethal team who tread on counter-attacking football.
Talking to the media, Guardiola insisted that Old Trafford will be a test for his team, “Of course in Old Trafford, it will be quite different to here but it is a team that is built to run.”
“When they can run it is one of the best teams not just in England, I would say, because of the pace they have, James or [Mason] Greenwood right now and Martial, Rashford and [Jesse] Lingard.”
“I saw the line-up they make before the game against Wolves and they make a lot of changes so I guess they will be focused but they are two games, we have to go there to try and take a good result to the second leg here with our people, our fans to reach three years in a row the final of the competition.”
“I have the feeling they are going to run, one or two or three or as many times as possible and we have to reduce the mistakes in the build-up, be prepared for that.”
“But we have to do our game so I am not going to prepare our game just thinking don’t let them run so we have to go there, try to score a goal, we play our game and try to get a good result from there,” concluded Pep Guardiola.
Former United midfielder and club legend Paul Scholes also pointed out the threat of speed this team posses. He said to Goal, “The front three are as good as any team in the league or any team in Europe when you look at them, when they fancy it.”
“When Martial’s running at you, when Rashford’s running at you, James has been brilliant, they’re bringing Mason Greenwood into it too.”