Kevin De Bruyne and James Tarkowski spoke to the media after Manchester City thrashed visitors Burnley 5-0 in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Saturday.
Gabriel Jesus’ 23rd-minute strike was the only goal of the first half but City hit form in the second, with Bernardo Silva and De Bruyne on target, before Burnley defender Kevin Long added an own goal.
Substitute Sergio Aguero sealed the win from the penalty spot as City beat Burnley 5-0 at Etihad Stadium for the second time this season – Guardiola’s side also enjoyed a five-star performance in last October’s Premier League meeting.
City have now won their last eight games in all competition and have scored 31 goals in the seven games they have played this January, while conceding only once.
Manuel Pellegrini admitted he was ashamed of his players after West Ham’s humiliating FA Cup exit at the hands of AFC Wimbledon.
The Hammers, 10th in the Premier League, were deservedly beaten 4-2 by a team lying rock bottom of League One.
They found themselves three behind a minute into the second half after goals from Kwesi Appiah and two from Scott Wagstaff.
Substitutes Lucas Perez and Felipe Anderson raised hopes of a comeback, but they were extinguished when Toby Sibbick struck the fourth two minutes from time.
Boss Pellegrini pulled no punches afterwards. He said: “Was I angry at half-time? Yes of course. I was ashamed of them.
“I didn’t expect it, the attitude, playing against a team that sits two divisions below us, but in football, you can lose in two or three balls.
“They started the way we needed to start and when you have such high pace with the quality of the players and we didn’t have the same level.”
Marko Arnautovic was left out of the squad following his recent flirtation with a move to China.
Yet 10 minutes after the final whistle West Ham announced the Austrian forward had signed a new contract, although they made no mention of the length of the extension.
Pellegrini, not at all impressed by the whole Arnautovic saga this month, refused to even discuss the announcement, angrily insisting: “I only talk about the cup.
“Ask me about the game today and I will answer. Any other question I will not answer.”
By contrast, it was a sweet evening for Dons boss Wally Downes, a fully paid-up member of the original Wimbledon ‘Crazy Gang’ from back in the day, as well as a former West Ham coach.
“It was terrific, I’m really pleased for the boys, they put in a shift, said Downes, whose side only four days earlier were beaten 3-0 at home by Fleetwood.
He added: “Of course, you don’t expect to be 3-0 up against a Premier League team.
“I said you don’t get medals at half-time in any game, it was important we approached the second half well. We proved that by getting the third goal, it was terrific.
“The first time they’ve not performed for me was Tuesday night. Having to play this game the fear factor kicked in.
“If they’d played as badly it would have been a cricket score. The attitude was spot on tonight.”
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Liverpool centre-back Morgan Boyes was sent off for fouling Largie Ramazani as the last man and Greenwood struck from the resultant free-kick, some 25 yards from goal.
Greenwood’s good work out wide then set up the leveller with Di’Shon Bernard getting the final touch. The United striker then scored his 24th goal of the season in extra-time with another free-kick to send his side through.
Both Duncan and Greenwood have been turning heads lately and the two teenagers aged 17 are knocking on the doors of their respective first teams.
Here, we take a closer look at the two promising forwards.
Mason Greenwood: After scoring 17 goals in 17 starts for the U18s last season, he was rewarded with a professional contract in October last year and was even named on the bench by Jose Mourinho for United’s final Champions League group game against Valencia this season. He started off in the academy as an attacking midfielder but quickly transformed into a prolific striker. He’s featured for the England U17s and U18s.
Bobby Duncan: As the cousin of Kop icon Steven Gerrard, he carries the weight of expectation on his shoulders. He had trials with Liverpool and Everton as a 10-year-old but joined Wigan before moving to Manchester City where he ended the 2015-16 season with 66 goals. He moved to Liverpool in the summer of 2018 for a reported compensation fee of £200,000.
Mason Greenwood: As with most modern day strikers coming through the ranks, Greenwood is blessed with searing pace, making a habit of running in behind defences to devastating effect. His finishing though is where his maturity and composure comes to the fore. A truly two-footed footballer, he’s built a reputation for even taking penalties or free-kicks with either foot. With quick feet and the ability to bamboozle defenders with his trickery, he also has that rare quality to get people off their seats every time he receives possession. There’s always a chance that something special is in store. Greenwood has a lanky frame and certainly needs some weight training before he’s ready to perform consistently at the highest level but has all the qualities to be a complete striker, scoring all kinds of goals.
Bobby Duncan: A good place to start with Duncan is to address the fact that he has one heck of a left foot. His unerring ability to strike the ball cleanly, often drilling his efforts hard and low into the far corner has seen him bag plenty of goals. While he possesses a decent turn of pace, he really sparks into life inside the box. He sniffs out space in the penalty area, conjures enough room for a shot and pulls the trigger. A clinical finisher by nature, Duncan is incredibly efficient. He also links up well in attack with his striker partner, forging a fruitful relationship with Paul Glatzel for the Liverpool’s U18s.
Bobby Duncan = Talent 🔥— Anything Liverpool (@AnythingLFC_) December 4, 2018
4 goals and 2 assists 💪 pic.twitter.com/wfMnnlRV7w
PERFORMANCE IN U18 Premier League 2018/19
Mason Greenwood: Appearances – 11; Goals – 15; Assists – 5
Bobby Duncan: Appearances – 12; Goals – 13; Assists – 5