Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

I Was Nervous but Happy with My Performance, Says Rising Star

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

I Was Nervous but Happy with My Performance, Says Rising Star

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CITY defender Pablo Maffeo has admitted he was nervous before starting the derby on Wednesday night.

The 19-year-old gave an assured performance at right-back and managed to deny United forward Marcus Rashford on two memorable occasions.

Making just his second start for the club, Maffeo did not look out of place at Old Trafford and made a brilliant tackle to deny superstar Paul Pogba in the second half.

Although he felt Fernando was fouled in the build up to Juan Mata's winner for United, the Spaniard was happy with his overall performance in the EFL Cup clash. He said: "I think it was a very tough game but we competed, we showed personality.

"The first goal is bad but we showed the personality to play and we can play in that stadium and big games.

"It was impressive to be in the squad but I was a little bit nervous at the start of the game. …

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