Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola admits he is wary of the running power of Manchester United but will not change his side’s gameplan as the two sides prepare to meet in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup tomorrow night.
Man City make the short journey across Manchester to Old Trafford to face their local rivals in the first leg of their last four meeting tomorrow, with the holders seeking to advance to the final of the competition for the third successive year.
Guardiola’s side will face a Manchester United side who emerged victorious from their last Manchester derby meeting in early December, City struggling to cope with the pace of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side on the break and suffering a 2-1 defeat at the Etihad.
Despite tomorrow’s meeting coming at the home of their fierce rivals, the Spaniard does not expect a change in the counter-attacking tactics from a United side who he says are ‘built to run’.
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“Of course in Old Trafford it will be quite different to here but it is a team that is built to run,” Guardiola said at his pre-match press conference.
“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.
“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.”