Pep Guardiola singled out five Manchester United players for praise following their 1-0 win over Manchester City in their Carabao Cup semi-final clash on Wednesday evening. Nemanja Matic’s first-half goal sealed the victory for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side but it wasn’t enough as City progressed with a 3-2 win on aggregate and will now face Aston Villa in the final on March 1. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has faced heavy criticism following his side’s inconsistent performances this season but Guardiola believes United are heading in the right direction. And the City manager hailed Matic, Fred, Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof and Luke Shaw after the game.
Nemanja Matic scored Manchester United’s winner against Man City (Getty Images) ‘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. MORE: FOOTBALL
‘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.’
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