Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard sends warning to Manchester City

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Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard has sent a warning to Manchester City ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash at Villa Park.

Despite losing four of their five Premier League games this season, Gerrard has warned he is looking to take the game to Manchester City on Saturday.

Gerrard said: “It goes without saying that you’re playing against one of the best teams in the world. They’re littered with world class stars and arguably the best manager out there.

“That’s the challenge for us. We’ve run this Manchester City side close on both occasions that I’ve personally competed against them with this team.

“The plan will be to make it extremely hard for them and to take them to places where they don’t want to go. We don’t want to go into the game – because of what’s happened so far this season – with any fear around the place.

“We need to have belief and confidence and make it as hard as we can for them. When the time comes to show our quality, like we have done against Manchester City last year when we had an opportunity in the final minutes with young Carney [Chukwuemeka] to snatch something.

“We know we can hurt this team. We’re looking forward to the game.”

Manchester City came from 2-0 down to beat Aston Villa 3-2 on the final day of last season to retain our Premier League title.