PEP GUARDIOLA has hit back at former Manchester United stars Patrice Evra and Dimitar Berbatov over their criticism of his team.
And he told the ex-Red Devils he did not see much of their character when they lost to his Barcelona side at Wembley in 2011.
City came under-fire after their dramatic Champions League exit to Real Madrid earlier this month.
Former France international Evra suggested Pep likes to have players who do not have personality.
Meanwhile Berbatov claimed Guardiola’s men lacked focus and concentration in the Bernabeu as they allowed a place in the final to slip through their fingers.
Yet City have responded to that setback in emphatic fashion by scoring 10 goals in their last two league matches to tighten their grip on the Premier League title.
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Asked what those results said about his squad, he said: “It’s the same character and personality that lost in Madrid that we have had for the last years.
“Special former players like Berbatov and Evra and these types of people weren't there.”
Evra and Berbatov were both in the United squad who were beaten by Guardiola’s Barcelona in the 2011 Champions League final.
And Guardiola said: “I've played against them, and I didn't see this kind of personality when we destroyed United in the Champions League final
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“You cannot have personality because you concede two goals in one minutes after you have chances to score?
“And after the last four league games we scored 19 goals so we have incredible personality and these kind of things?
“I'm sorry but I completely disagree. Personality is what we have done in the last five years every three days in all competitions.”
Liverpool still have a chance of winning the quadruple this season – but could also end up winning just the Carabao Cup.
Yet Guardiola insists he will not question the character of Jurgen Klopp’s players if they do blow it on three fronts.
He added: “Maybe Liverpool is going to win all four titles or maybe just one.
“But am I going to say that they don't have personality and character, they didn't do an incredible season even when they lost the Premier League by one or two points to us?
“They don't have character and personality? Of course they do and are good.
“Sometimes, football is like this and it just happens.
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“We cannot control many things but when you always arrive in the last stages for four or five years, chapeau. This is incredible.
“We arrive until the end playing good because otherwise you don't arrive. This is the most important thing.”
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