Manchester City beat Manchester United last night by 2-0 and go through to the 4th consecutive Carabao Cup final at Wembley. Pep Guardiola’s men stopped the run of the Red Devils at Old Trafford.
Pep Guardiola did not have some key players for this game as positive COVID-19 cases are increasing inside the Manchester City squad. Manchester United also missed Edinson Cavani as the Uruguayan striker is facing a 3 matches ban following a ‘racist’ comment in an Instagram post.
It was a thrilling encounter between two highly capable sides. First ended up in a 0-0 scoreline as defenders from both sides did a pretty good job.
At 50 minutes mark, Manchester City scored from a set-piece. Manchester City defender John Stones passed it through Dean Henderson to give the lead to ‘noisy neighbors’.
In the 83rd minute, Manchester City captain Fernandinho scored from outside of the box to seal the victory for the Citizens. United tried to get back to the game but it was not enough.
After the match, Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said, “We played against a very good Manchester City team, they played well.”
“When they play well you have to play very well to beat them. We were just lacking that little bit.”
Manchester United lost 4 consecutive cup finals since last season. In the 2019-20 season, they lost the Carabao Cup semi-final to Manchester City, FA Cup semi-final to Chelsea and UEFA Europa League semi-final to Sevilla FC. Now they lost another semi-final to Manchester City. In the response, Ole said, “We’re getting closer. This is a much better version of United than a year ago in those semis. It’s not psychological [losing in four semi-finals]. Sometimes you meet good teams in the semis. We met, at the moment, City are probably the best team in England.”
United conceded both the goals from the set pieces. Ole looked disappointed and said, “Manchester City can score many great goals. You can accept that. When you concede two simple set plays, it’s very disappointing. Just not good enough in those moments.”
“We didn’t create enough big chances. They didn’t either. We didn’t have the extra finesse we’ve had in the games lately. We weren’t good enough today.”- he added.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is very happy to see his team won the derby overcoming all the odds against them. He said, “The team is ready and it was an outstanding performance.”
“We dipped a little bit in the second half, we were tired after the game at Stamford Bridge, but when the team has this mentality they can do something incredible. It’s not the Champions League, but four times in a row to reach the final, I’m so impressed.”
“It’s about consistency. We didn’t have a proper preseason and that’s why we need a little bit of time, but I think we are already there.”
Guardiola dedicated this win to City legend Colin Bell, who died on Tuesday.
Manchester City will face Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspurs in the final. The defending champion will surely want to retain their trophy for 4th consecutive time.