Five Man Utd players singled out for praise by Pep Guardiola

Manchester United take on Manchester City in the Carabao Cup semi-final for the second straight season.

City knocked out United at the same stage last year en route to winning the competition for a third straight season.

A 3-1 win at Old Trafford set Pep Guardiola’s side on their way and ensured they progressed despite the Red Devils edging a 1-0 win at the Etihad in the second leg.

The second leg win showcased the improvement of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side before they went on to mount a charge to reach the Premier League top four.

And after the game last January, Guardiola singled out five United players who had left him impressed.

He praised Victor Lindelof, Luke Shaw, Harry Maguire, Fred and goalscorer Nemanja Matic after the game and also indicated their “incredible” quality in attack.

"I like a lot the way they played," said Guardiola.

"At Old Trafford we played really well, maybe I didn't expect us to play the way we played, but I said when we lost here I said they don't need much.

"The quality of the players up front is incredible. I had the feeling, I said before when we lost at home against them, they are trying to do what the manager Ole wants, and I think it works.

"Maybe they are not consistent in all the games, they struggle at home a little bit with the teams who defend deep.

"But, I like the way they play, the qualities they have. Lindelof I saw him in Benfica, Luke Shaw is an incredible type of player, Maguire, one of the best central defenders in the world.

"The people up front they are so fast. Matic and Fred, they are incredible players, Matic is an outstanding player. In time, they will do it and be back to what United was for many years.”

Whilst Lindelof will not feature this time around due to his back injury, the remaining players praised by Guardiola could all take on City again this season.

United enter the game desperate to move a step closer to their first silverware under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer whilst Guardiola’s City side are looking to win the Carabao Cup for the fourth straight season.

Rather than a two-legged affair, the winner will be decide on one night as a result of the revamped schedule due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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