Manchester City is one step forward on the fight for the third title of the English Carabao Cup. This Wednesday, the team led by Pep Guardiola was defeated by their arch-rivals Manchester United 1-0, at home, but qualified for the final. That happened because they had won the first leg match, in Old Trafford, by 3-1.
City were aggressive from the start and De Gea avoided a header from Aguero in the sixth minute. On the rebound, the Spanish goalkeeper still saved a shot from Mahrez.
The two-time champions of the League Cup attacked all the time and the visitors’ defense was doing all they could to avoid the goals. It looked like the goal from Guardiola’s men would come out at any moment, but it was United who swung the net.
At the 34th minute, Bernardo Silva failed to clean a ball inside the box and Matic was able to strike a beautiful shot to score the only goal on the Manchester derby. 1-0 Man United.
The Red Devils still needed another goal to at least take the match to the extra time, but the second half was not what the fans expected. Being honest, it was City who obsessively searched for a goal. And things got even worse for the visitors at the 76th minute when the same player who scored the goal was sent off for a second yellow card.
In the final minutes, City still had a goal scored by Aguero ruled off because of an offside position after VAR checked the play. Sterling was missed an incredible chance. Luckily for the Citizens, the goal was not necessary to guarantee their place in the final against Aston Villa, on March 1.
Despite not getting the qualification, I believe Solskjaer is proud of his team. It was their second win this season at the Etihad Stadium. Unfortunately, they couldn’t celebrate it the way they wanted.