Burton Albion boss, Nigel Clough, believes defending Premier League champions,  Manchester City, will prove to be a bigger test for his side than Sir Alex Ferguson’s ​Manchester United in 2006.

Burton famously held United to a 0-0 draw at the Pirelli Stadium to earn a FA Cup replay at the iconic Old Trafford. United thrashed the then-non league side 5-0 at home, but the Old Trafford crowd couldn’t help but give the visitors a standing ovation for their spirited display.

The Brewers, who are now a League One outfit, have seen off Burnley, Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough to set up the lofty Carabao Cup semifinal clash with Manchester City. 

Clough, when asked whether facing Guardiola’s City was tougher than facing Ferguson’s United which included the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney, replied: “I think this one over two legs. I think the pitch is going to be a bit better this time around if anybody remembers the pitch against Manchester United!” as quoted by Manchester Evening News

“But we’re facing similar sorts of tasks. When Rooney and Ronaldo came on after 59 minutes here for Manchester United, it’s a similar sort of prospect with the likes of the quality that Manchester City have.”

“But away from home, it’s a different thing. When they are on their own patch, as you saw against Liverpool, they’re as good and as confident as anything. That’s when they’ve come off a relatively poor period for them, they’ve lost a couple of matches recently and then they can still play like they did against Liverpool and keep the title race open.”

“That says an awful lot about them,” he concluded. 


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