Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola has named Daniel James, Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard as the five Manchester United players that can hurt his side with their speeds when both teams clash in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg fixture on Tuesday night.
Guardiola, who is wary of the threat James, Greenwood, Martial, Rashford and Lingard can pose against City at Old Trafford, believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are one of the best teams in Europe because of their pacey forwards.
Guardiola’s men head to the game following a 4-1 victory over Port Vale in the FA Cup encounter over the weekend.
“Of course in Old Trafford, it will be quite different here but it is a team that is built to run,” Guardiola said as quoted by Goal.
“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 made 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,’’
“I have a 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.
“I would like to play in Old Trafford most of the park except the first minutes we concede three or four times they could run, the rest of the game I like a lot the game we played the chances we create in many situations so I would like to play quite similar but we don’t have much time but we have two days and a half days to train and prepare the game we want to do after we have a bit of a break, five days to the next games.”
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