Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho has said that retaining the EFL Cup will 'mean everything' for the players, manager and fans, and that his side will fight to beat Manchester United and continue their cup run.
The Nigerian was speaking to Manchester City FC after Pep Guardiola's team drew 1-1 at home to Southampton, in which Iheanacho scored City's equaliser after coming on from the bench.
He also netted the last time the two Manchester clubs went head to head, in a 2-1 win for City at Old Trafford. The 20-year-old boasts some very impressive goalscoring statistics, with 11 goals from 17 shots on target in his Premier League career.
And he will be hoping to continue this as Guardiola's side look for their first win in over a month when they again travel to Old Trafford to face their Manchester rivals in the EFL Cup Round of 16.
"It's going to be a very tough one this time. We need to fight really hard to get the win," Iheanacho said to Manchester City FC.
"If we lose we are out of the cup, it is one in one out, so we need to fight."
Asked if he thought that United had gelled better as a team since their 2-1 home defeat to City, Iheanacho said: "They have great players, they have good support, they have a good manager, they have everything.
"It is a football game, no one knows what is going to happen. We just have to keep going."
City won the EFL Cup, then called the Capital One Cup, earlier this year when they beat Liverpool on penalties at Wembley. Iheanacho now has his eye on retaining the trophy.
"It will mean everything, especially to the fans, but to the management and the players as well to retain the cup. We need to work hard and focus," the Nigerian forward added.