Pep Guardiola has blasted Phil Foden’s critics and suggested they should spend more time policing their own behaviour.

But the Manchester City boss stopped short of laying into England manager Gareth Southgate, who aroused Ole Gunnar Solskaer’s ire over the way Manchester United starlet Mason Greenwood was treated.

Greenwood and Foden found themselves on the front pages after entertaining two Icelandic women in the team hotel after making their England debuts in a 1-0 win in Reykjavik earlier this month.

Their actions broke strict Covid protocols surrounding the national team and they were sent home rather than flying to Denmark with the squad for the second Nations League game a few days later.

Greenwood was seen training alone at United’s Carrington training base later that week, but it appears that was due to the protocols rather than punishment – and it is unclear whether Foden had to do the same.

But Solskjaer, when asked about the incident, was critical of the fact that his player had his break between seasons cut short by Southgate’s call-up, saying he would have benefited most from extra rest.

But Greenwood was used as a substitute as United began their season with a 3-1 home defeat by Crystal Palace.

The same point was put to Guardiola, but he expressed no concerns over Foden, and instead turned his fire on those who have sniping at the 20-year-old midfielder.

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“I am pretty sure Phil is going to make a good season,” he said.

“He knows he made a mistake. Stop giving too much advice to other people.

“If every one of us put the same high expectations on ourselves as we put on others, it would be better.

“Stop giving advice to the other ones, look at what you have done in the past and when you demand to the other ones, and stick to what you have to (do), our society will be better.”