Man United vs Man City: City beat United, reach EFL final

Second-half goals from John Stones and Fernandinho took Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City to their fourth consecutive Carabao Cup final on Thursday. Squaring off against hosts Manchester United at Old Trafford, City cruised past a lacklustre Red Devils’ attack and sealed the finals berth on April 25. Pep’s boys will take on Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham and eye their fourth league cup in a row.

In a promising start to the game, both sides had goals ruled out by offside. While Stones’ own goal was saved by the flag, Ilkay Gundogan’s goal on the opposite end was rightfully adjudged offside. De Bruyne Phil Foden came close to put the visitors ahead, but De Bruyne’s shot was kept out by the woodwork, and Foden’s goal was again deemed offside.

It was Stones who put City in front five minutes into the second half. Foden’s free-kick fell into a crowded United box, from where Stones’ slotted in off his thighs. Fernandinho sealed the win in the 93rd minute with a stunning volley as he latched onto a headed clearance from Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

Ole Gunnar is yet to make it to a final since his reign, the loss on Thursday being United’s fourth Cup semi-final upset. The United boss expressed, “We’re getting closer. This is a much better version of United than a year ago in those semis. It’s not psychological, sometimes you meet good teams in the semis. City are probably the best team in England at the moment.”

Guardiola weighed in, “The team is ready and it was an outstanding performance. We dipped a little bit in the second half, we were tired…but when the team has this mentality, they can do something incredible. It’s not the Champions League but four times in a row to reach the final — I’m so impressed.”