Manchester City defeated Local Rivals Manchester United 2 – 0 in the Caraboa Cup Semi Final which took place at Old Trafford on Wednesday night to bring back hopes of a fourth consecutive Caraboa Cup.
City were able to set up a clash with Tottenham Hotspur, who easily defeated Brentford a day earlier with the same score. Two goals from Fernandinho and John Stones were enough to sink United, who had given their best but failed to breakthrough in their Visitor’s final third.
The Citizens also made alive the possibility of equaling Liverpool’s record of winning the EFL Cup consecutive times, a record that has lasted over 30 years.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has now gone through four Semi Finals without a victory (three last season, coupled with one this term). This is gradually becoming an issue in Ole’s camp and should be addressed early to avoid a mental block.
The first half ended goalless however, the two sides got denied three first half goals by VAR, of- which twice struck the net in the first five minutes. Stones, first fired into his own goal, then Ilkay Gundogan turned home from a low cross from Phil Foden. Marcus Rashford also saw his goal ruled out.
Phil Foden again saw his 24th minute goal get ruled out after he picked up Oleksandr Zinchenko pass, made a run at the United defense before turning home but he was just too early and VAR review, ruled that out too.
City finally made a breakthrough ten minutes to the hour mark, Phil Foden took a wonderful free kick, though blocked wondered into the parts of Stones and the defender fired into the United net to break the deadlock.
City grew deadly from then on and United had Henderson to thank for keeping them available in the game. Henderson tipped away Sterling’s header and Riyad Mahrez curly effort.
Manchester United looked to get an equaliser with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sending in Mason Greenwood in the 75th minute but that was to no avail as Fernandinho settled the contest with a shot from outside the box after a set piece situation.