Pep Guardiola has admitted that he is wary of Manchester United’s ‘incredible weapons’ ahead of the second leg of their the Carabao Cup semi-final.
The Manchester rivals meet again for a place in the Carabao Cup final on Wednesday night, holders Man City having put themselves in a commanding position to reach Wembley once again after securing a 3-1 victory at Old Trafford earlier this month.
Despite their lead Guardiola admits his side are far from assured of a final meeting against Aston Villa, and insists the Red Devils have the quality and ‘incredible weapons’ to stage a miraculous second-leg comeback, Man Utd beating City 2-1 at the Etihad earlier this season.
“That team is good, they have weapons and a big squad and quality – I’ve respect for their history, for their club, and they can do it,” Guardiola said at his pre-match press conference.
“I have to make the right approach, the way we want to play and try to reach another final.
“In attacking play they have quality in the middle – Mata, Lingard, Martial and James, Greenwood in the middle, and at set-pieces with Lindelof, Maguire, Matic, plus a good goalkeeper.
“They’ve incredible weapons, they can run in three or four seconds, when we lost against Mourinho’s team it was incredible too.”