Manchester City edged out United as John Stones and Fernandinho’s goals return the citizens to the Carabao Cup final.

Manchester United have accustomed themselves to losing out at the semifinal stage in competitions. This time, it was the covid-hit Manchester City that rode their luck in a 2-0 victory over United at the Carabao Cup semifinal, making it 4 consecutive semifinal defeats for United in all competition — the erstwhile ones coming from the Uefa Europa League, FA Cup and also the Carabao Cup last campaign.

It all started at a frantic pace with Portuguese midfield maestro Bruno Fernandes forcing City goalie Zack Steffen to make a fine outstretch save to keep the game level. Moments later, the woodwork came to the Red Devils rescue when the forced 9 Kevin de Bruyne got into shooting range only for his powerful strike to rattle the crossbar.

Goals were ruled out for offside at both ends before City finally found the breakthrough as John Stones tapped in from an in-swinging free kick to end his 3 years goal drought for the competition’s defending champion.

Club captain Fernandinho also registered his name on the score sheet as his 83rd minutes half volley into the bottom left corner put the game to bed at Old Trafford. Thanks to United’s sloppy defending of a Kevin de Bruyne’s sublime corner.

At full time, United were in dismay. A second time defeat at the hands of City in the league cup within the space of 2 years vis-à-vis a fourth consecutive semifinal losses in all competitions. The expression at the face of United’s manager spoke millions. For Ole Gunnar Solksjear,a glorious hope of clinching his first managerial title for United just slipped through his fingers. He will now have to intensify effort in his pursuit of a managerial title with the Red Devils.

Meanwhile, the road to Wembley is set for Pep Guardiola and City as they will be aiming to win the Carabao Cup for the fourth consecutive time, a feat only achieved by Liverpool when they take on Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur in the Final at Wembley stadium.

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