Pep Guardiola was full of praise for Phil Foden after the 18-year-old’s brace helped Manchester City to a 4-1 win against Newport in the FA Cup.

City came out all guns blazing in the second period after a scoreless first half with two goals from Foden and a goal each from Leroy Sane and Riyad Mahrez keeping their quadruple hopes alive.

“Phil’s only problem is that he has to compete with Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva and Bernardo Silva,” Guardiola said after the match.

“He’s a player who is ready to play. Today was a good test for him, and this will be good for him. He learnt a lot and he helped us to win the game with two incredible goals.

“He has the mentality and ability to score goals when he is near the box. He was brilliant.”