Roy Keane: Manchester United can snatch Premier League crown from 'sloppy' Liverpool

Roy Keane: Manchester United can snatch Premier League crown from 'sloppy' Liverpool”

Manchester City's Fernandinho scores against Manchester United during their League Cup semi-final at Old Trafford in Manchester on Wednesday.

The weight of history - or at least very recent history - is in Manchester City's favour, with Guardiola's side having lifted the trophy in each of the last three seasons (2017-18, 2018-19, and 2019-20) and in five of the last seven seasons since 2013-14.

"Unfortunately, he struggled longer than we expected and he expected - but his comeback is absolutely down to him", Guardiola said.

The trophy is considered by England's Arts Council as an item of worldwide historic significance and was lifted by City's players after a 1-0 win over Bolton in the FA Cup final in 1904. "We met, at the moment, City are probably the best team in England". Guardiola said this week he expects the best teams to find more consistency during the second half of the season, and City appear to be clicking into gear just at the right time. "This is a much better Manchester United compared to a year ago in those semis, that's positive but not enough". As things stand, City have tasted victory in 16 games since their winning run started, outscoring opponents 50-13 in 21 matches overall.

It took less than five minutes of the second half for the opening goal to arrive, though, Stones finding the back of the net for a second time on the night when he turned Foden's inviting free-kick in with his left thigh.

Fernandinho wrapped up the win with a fine drive from the edge of the box, after United had failed to deal with a City corner.

"City look like their hunger is back - there was never any question about their quality even if they are missing one or two players, but the quality they have in this team and with the manager, of course they can win the league now".

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Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes' ability to inspire the team has drawn comparisons to talismanic former player Eric Cantona but ex-captain Roy Keane believes the Portuguese must do more in big games following their League Cup exit on Wednesday.

"We have to learn".

United's attentions turn to the FA Cup this weekend, where they face Watford on Saturday evening, as they look to improve on last season's semi-final appearance against Chelsea.

So, once again, we will have another showpiece occasion that pits Guardiola against Jose Mourinho, his long-time nemesis, with Tottenham Hotspur standing between City and the chance of becoming the first club since Liverpool in 1984 to win a fourth consecutive League Cup.

"I hear now", Klopp said, "that Manchester United had more penalties in two years than I had in 5½ years [at Liverpool]".

"It's not psychological, sometimes you meet good teams in the semis".

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