Pep Guardiola will not compare Phil Foden to Andres Iniesta but feels the teenager has what it takes to play for Manchester City for the next 10 years.
The 18-year-old was involved in Gabriel Jesus’ headed opener and later sent Riyad Mahrez clear on goal for City’s second with a glorious pass before capping a star showing with an injury-time strike.
Oxford boss Karl Robinson said Foden reminded him of Iniesta but Guardiola, who coached the Spain midfielder at Barcelona, suggested the comparisons are premature.
“My dream is for him to stay 10 years and, if Phil stays for 10 years, he can play regularly and after I don’t know what is going to happen with him,” Guardiola told a news conference.
“I am not going to say he is going to become Andres Iniesta because it puts pressure on him.
“Iniesta is by far one of the best players I ever saw in my life so we cannot put the pressure on Phil.
“But he has the quality to stay here for 10 years because I think he wants to stay, I think the club wants him to.
“But step by step, he needs to play regularly, but I think he has all the skills to play with us.”