Last night on Wednesday 6th January 2021, Manchester City continued their impressive form as they deservedly thrashed Manchester United at their home ground, Old Trafford in the Carabao cup semi-finals. The Red devils had lost their last three consecutive cup semi-finals in 12 months under their manager Ole Gunner Solskjaer and it still didn’t look any different on the day as they made it four times in a row.
The two second-half goals in two set plays that were scored by John Stones and Fernandinho who secured City’s progress after a first half period where both clubs had goals disallowed through Stones(own goal) and Iker Gundogan respectively. Stones the on-form defender exposed the United defence problems as he met the ball unmarked in the 6-yard box, did no mistake and put it in the back of the net from close range in the 50th minute. But before that Kevin Debruyne had struck the post in the first half.
Guardiola’s men looked more likely to score after their opener as Joao Cancelo and Riyad Mahrez both went close to doubling City’s lead despite the Red Devils’ increased desperation when Aaron Wan-Bissaka combined with Anthony Martial combined to clear a corner at the edge of their own box which Fernandinho shot back on a volley for the second goal outside the penalty area. It is going to be the first time Pep and Mourinho meet in a final since 2011 where Real Madrid denied Barcelona a treble by winning the Copa del Rey.
Manchester City are going to equal Liverpool’s record of winning the League cup in a row if they beat Tottenham Hotspur on 25th April 2021.