Soccer

Manchester United
versus Manchester City Carabao Cup semifinals

Wednesday 6th January 2021, 7:45 p.m.

Old Trafford

Review and highlights of the free Old Trafford game when John Stones and Fernandinho fired past Manchester United in the Carabao Cup semi-finals Manchester City as they set up the Wembley clash with Tottenham

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Manchester City were hoping for a fourth Carabao Cup after beating Manchester United 2-0 in the semi-finals at Old Trafford

The resurgent John Stones and Fernandinho met in the second half on Wednesday evening to seal their place in the final They have prevailed against their rivals and have continued their quest to hit Liverpool’s record for winning this competition four times in a row – which they did between 1981-84

United have lost all three semi-finals they reached last season – also in this competition against City – and it was a curse that came up again for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his side, it becomes a mental block

City has few such problems under Pep Guardiola April, face Tottenham in the final at Wembley

Man Utd: Henderson (8), Wan-Bissaka (6), Lindelof (5), Maguire (6), Shaw (6), Fred (7), McTominay (6), Pogba (6), Fernandes (5), Rashford (6), Martial (5)

Subs: Greenwood (n / a), Van De Beek (n / a)

City of people: Steffen (7), Steine ​​(8), Dias (8), Zinchenko (7), Cancelo (7), Fernandinho (8), Gundogan (7), De Bruyne (7), Mahrez (6), Foden (7), Sterling (7)

Subs: Rodri (n / a)

Man of the game: Fernandinho

There might have been no goals in the first half, but the opening of that tie was nothing more than the dreary goalless draw we saw between these two teams in the Premier League a few weeks ago

The ball was in the back of the net twice in the first five minutes at either end when both sides hit the door early.First, it was Stones who accidentally turned the ball into his own net after Zack Steffen ahead of Marcus Rashford It was Ilkay Gundogan who turned a low cross from Phil Foden home. Since VAR was in action at this stage of the competition, both goals were correctly excluded as offside

Then it was time for the creators to make their mark. After nine minutes, Bruno Fernandes found a seat 20 meters from the finish and watched Steffen step up his efforts. Then, four minutes later, Raheem Sterling found Kevin De Bruyne on the edge of the box , but his hard work rattled the post

City grew more and more in the course of half-time, and after 24 minutes the ball was back in the net, but again an offside was excluded Foden just went too early as he clung to a pass from Oleksandr Zinchenko and raced through before calmly ending through Dean Henderson’s legs

Finally, the breakthrough came in the 50 Minute and came through the unlikely source of stones. A brilliant free kick delivery from Foden went all the way to the defender, who scored his first goal for City since November 2017 from close range
It was City who kept pushing and United had Henderson thanks to Henderson for keeping them tied, first pushing Sterling’s powerful header wide, then tumbling over Riyad Mahrez’s curling attempt from the edge of the box

Both managers had five substitutes available, but Solskjaer waited until 75 Minute to score his first goal, throwing himself on Mason Greenwood to get back into the game

The change had no real impact, however, and another rare goalscorer at Fernandinho sealed the win.United could only clear a corner to the Brazilian on the edge of the box and coolly drove them back to the bottom corner

Manchester United’s Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: “City can score a lot of great goals and you can accept that. But if you allow two simple set games that we should have cleared up, you are very disappointed. We just weren’t in those moments well enough we didn’t create big enough chances ourselves, and neither did they, but we just didn’t have the extra finesse that we had in the tight games we’ve been winning lately

“If they play well, you have to play really well to beat them This is the reality we are in”When they are at their best we are just missing a bit. But we’re getting closer. This is a much better version of Man Utd than last year in the semifinals. That’s positive, but not enough

“It’s not psychological [to lose in the semi-finals] Sometimes you meet good teams in the semi-finals and we just didn’t have enough. We’ve met probably the best team in England at the moment and we just didn’t have enough for me today”

Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola: “It was for [Bell] and his family He helped build something special for this club and why there are so many trophies in the cabinet The legacy he left is part of the club We have now It was an incredible win for us beating United and getting to another final in this competition It was for him

“We get frustrated when we’ve played badly and when the team isn’t running and every defensive move is helping and celebrating. But it was an excellent performance. We were tired after the game at Chelsea but the team had the mentality and we did achieved something incredible I’m so impressed with the quality of this team “

“I thought City was great. It was a decent team effort. For a team that had so much success, you saw how much it meant to them at the final whistle. You did a good job at United.”

“Ole will be disappointed with the goals conceded. Overall he can’t have any complaints. You have to put your hands up and say,” City deserves it “”

🍾 Man of the Game 🍾 – Ruben Dias from @ ManCity; 92 passes – most in game 85 successful passes – most in game 107-touches – most in game 6 releases – most in GameConceded 1 goal in 8 starts next to John Stones pictureTwittercom / OMCXSL2RSQ

“He’s gluing the four together. Your defensive record was fantastic and he was brilliant”

His defensive partner Stones will make the most of the headlines for his goal, but Dias has been a revelation since arriving in City for £ 65million in September and brilliantly again at Old Trafford

He’s easily used to life in England and looks like a center-back who takes goals personally. The 23-year-old is there to make every block, tackle and header

The final of the Carabao Cup will take place on Sunday the 25th April at Wembley and starts at 4 p.m.

Both teams are hosting the championship in the third round of the FA Cup this weekend, United meets Watford on Saturday (8pm) and City on Sunday (1) at Birmingham30pm)

United will be on Tuesday the 12th January, back in the Premier League at Burnley and live on Sky Sports Football for an 8th kick off at 3pm, while City on Wednesday the 13th January at 6 p.m. Brighton receives

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