Pep Guardiola: must beware with Manchester United
The Manchester Derby will resume, the meeting between Manchester United and Manchester City will roll in the middle of the week in the League Cup or Carabao Cup. Ahead of the match, coach Pep Guardiola put on high alert after his team had been defeated at home by rival clubs.
Manchester United itself is actually an inconsistent team this season, but in fact they remain strong opponents for Manchester City, the defending Premier League champions. Evidenced at the first meeting of this season which took place last December 8, Citizen defeated at home with a final score of 1-2.
Well, reflecting on the defeat of his team in the match, manager Pep Guardiola was reluctant to underestimate the Red Devils in the second meeting later.
For him, Manchester United is a team that when running, it will be a very difficult opponent for any team in England, even in Europe.
“Manchester United are a team built for running. When they can run it, they are one of the best teams not just in England, I would say that because of the speed they have, James or Greenwood, Martial, Rashford and Lingard,” according to Josep Guardiola quoted from Goal International.
Nevertheless, the Spanish coach never gave up his effort and determination to win at Old Trafford later.
“Of course at Old Trafford it will be very different from here,” he said.
Furthermore, the former Barcelona coach saw a change in the starting line-up revealed by coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer when he was held to a Wolverhampton wanderers draw at the FA Cup yesterday. Pep hopes, the rival team can put out its best strength at Old Trafford later.
“I saw the line-up that they showed in the match against Wolves and they made a lot of changes so I think they will focus on Man City. I predict they will run, one or two or three or as many as possible and we must reduce mistakes in preparation, be prepared for that, “he concluded.
Meanwhile, the match between Manchester United against Manchester City will take place on next Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at the Old Trafford stadium.