Manchester United defeated Manchester City 1-0 in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday, but they failed to qualify for the finals because of City’s 3-2 aggregate advantage. Nemanja Matic was the match winner for United at the Etihad stadium. But he was sent of later after obtaining a second yellow card.
United had to play with 10 ten men for the rest of the contest when Matic was given a red card in the 76th minute. However the Red Devils wasn’t able to add to their goal tally, and it was the men in blue who qualified for the final against Aston Villa in the end.
City dominated the game in the early stages and David De Gea was called upon to make three great saves in the opening 15 minutes from Sergio Aguero and Riyad Mahrez.
The visitors were able to breach City’s defense when against the run of play Matic was the quickest to react to Fred’s free-kick and slammed home a half-volley that eluded goalie Claudio Bravo at the near post.
Raheem Sterling believed that he had equalised before half-time, but his goal was correctly ruled offside. The home side could of gotten a tying goal after the break. But Sterling missed a wonderful opportunity from a counter attack after 59 minutes when he went past De Gea, but he blazed his shot over the bar instead.
David Silva also had a fantastic chance to equalise when he opted not to shoot and passed the ball to Ilkay Gundogan who failed to get his shot away. I was pleased by United’s performance by not only getting a clean sheet and beating City again at the Etihad stadium, but they worked well as team to achieve this result.
There have been many times when United hasn’t played as team this season, and they looked disjointed and there have been times even last season when they looked liked strangers playing together. We can take courage form another win that will boost our morale even though we didn’t get to the final.
At least we are still in the FA Cup and the Europa league. We can possibly win one of them or both. Especially now that we have signed Bruno Fernandes which is a huge signing for us. If we can obtain a decent striker with experience before the transfer window starts then we’ll be in even better shape. All in a sudden things are looking a little brighter for us.