Guardiola On United: ‘When They Can Run It Is One Of The Best Teams’

Man City manager Pep Guardiola and Man Utd manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

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The first leg of Carabao Cup semi-final is around the corner, as supporters look forward to the significant fixture featuring the Mancunian rivals, United and City.

Ahead of the much awaited clash, Pep Guardiola has reportedly praised United’s speed and stamina on and off the ball and is thus wary of the vulnerability of his side if the opposition were to counter attack.

Featuring Marcus Rashford, Daniel James and Anthony Martial, the pace of the United offensive line is virtually apparent, even bagging praises from their club legend Paul Scholes last month.

Expressing his views, the Man City manager stated: “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.

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“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.

“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 too time but we have two days and a half to train and prepare the game we want to do after we have a bit of a break, five days to the next games.”