Danny Higginbotham
FARO, PORTUGAL - NOVEMBER 19: Danny Higginbotham of Gibraltar in action during the international friendly match between Gibraltar and Slovakia at Estadio do Alagarve on November 19, 2013 in Faro, Portugal. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

Former Manchester United defender Danny Higginbotham is certain that Manchester City didn’t disrespect Burton in their Carabao Cup semi-final win

Pep Guardiola’s side handed Burton a thrashing at the Etihad Stadium with Gabriel Jesus scoring a career-best four goals in a game.

Kevin De Bruyne, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Phil Foden, Kyle Walker and Riyad Mahrez all got their names on the scoresheet themselves to hand City a 9-0 aggregate lead.

Despite being 4-0 up at half-time, Higginbotham praised City for keeping up the tempo as they added another five goals before the final whistle.

“I’ve been on the wrong end of some severe scorelines and it’s horrible,” Higginbotham told Sky Sports.

“But what’s worse is if you get a team that get to four or five and then stop. It’s unprofessional.

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“Burton knew what was about to happen to them. If City had got to three or four and then showboated, people would have complained about that.

“You’re bringing confidence to players within that team as well. (Gabriel) Jesus comes into the team and scores four goals, (Kevin) De Bruyne’s just coming back from injury, (Phil) Foden comes on again.

“I don’t see it as unprofessional. It would have been disrespectful for City to go about it any other way.

“What it does now is it means Pep can rest all his players in the second leg. It’s fantastic from Manchester City and I love the way they’ve gone about it and their attitude.”

The return leg between Burton and City will take place on January 23.