Clough: Man City are tougher than Man Utd of Ronaldo & Rooney

BURTON-UPON-TRENT, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 08: Sir Alex Ferguson of Manchester United brings on Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo (R) during the FA Cup Third Round match between Burton Albion and Manchester United on January 8, 2006 at Pirelli Stadium in Burton, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Burton boss Nigel Clough believes that the current Manchester City squad are stronger than that of the Manchester United team that had Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney in their ranks

The Englishman has been in charge of Burton for over 14 years across two separate spells and, in that time, he’s come up against some great sides in the cup competitions.

One of those involved a third-round tie with United in the FA Cup in 2006, where a 20-year-old Ronaldo and Rooney both starred at.

But Burton, who were a non-league side at the time, managed to hold United to a 0-0 draw at home before losing 5-0 in the replay at Old Trafford.

However, for Clough, facing the current City team over a two-legged Carabao Cup semi-final tie is a far more daunting challenge.

“I think this one over two legs,” said Clough on which one of the two teams would harder to face, via Goal.

“I think the pitch is going to be a bit better this time around, if anybody remembers the pitch against Manchester United!

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“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.”

The first leg between City and Burton will start at 20:45 (CET) on Wednesday at the Etihad Stadium.