EFL Cup Fourth Round
Manchester United vs. Manchester City
Venue: Old Trafford
Date: Wednesday, 26 October, 2016
Kick-off: 20:00 BST
Manchester United got one over their near neighbours and big rivals Manchester City, dumping them out of the EFL Cup with a narrow 1-0 victory.
Looking to avenge the league defeat to Pep Guardiola’s side from last month and searching for a response from Sunday’s mauling at Chelsea, Juan Mata scored the only goal of the game early after the interval.
The first half was even, with United going for it after half-time and were rewarded with Mata’s strike, before defending resolutely to keep a clean sheet and seal progression to the next round.
United barely lasted longer than the time took to concede the opener on Sunday when Kelechi Iheanacho headed over from Jesus Navas’ right-wing cross in the second minute.
Two deflected attempts from Zlatan Ibrahimovic, first a free-kick and then a shot did little to trouble, as Marcus Rashford and Iheanacho saw efforts blocked at either end.
On the front foot once the second period began, Ander Herrera and Mata combined well to find Ibrahimovic, who played in Paul Pogba, who saw a left-footed shot saved onto the post.
Mata then saw a cross palmed as Rashford’s rebound was blocked, before the goal arrived moments later.
A fantastic header from Marcos Rojo allowed Ibrahimovic to bring the ball down before squaring a pass inside the penalty area; Fernando and Herrera collided, but Mata raced onto the loose ball and slotted a first time finish into the net in front of the Stretford End.
It could’ve been two after Rashford’s cross was fluffed by Ibrahimovic, failing to connect properly with the whipped delivery, as Aleksandar Kolarov harmlessly curled a free-kick over the bar at the other end.
A quick break allowed Ibrahimovic to play in Rashford on the right, the youngster’s cross was cut out by Nicolas Otamendi as Pogba lurked, with the latter booked late on along with Ibrahimovic.
City saw plenty of the ball around United’s area late on, but the visitors failed to muster a shot on target for the first time since April 2012, with Guardiola now reaching six games without a win as a manager for the first time in his career.
The quarter-final draw sees United paired with West Ham United, with the tie to take place in the week commencing 28 November.
Tonight sees Mourinho continue his record having never lost a league cup fixture inside 90 minutes, having won the trophy itself on three occasions.
Up next for United sees the visit of Burnley at Old Trafford, in their first 3pm kick-off of the campaign this coming Saturday.
Manchester United: De Gea; Valencia, Blind, Rojo, Shaw; Herrera, Carrick, Pogba; Mata (Schneiderlin 73), Ibrahimovic, Rashford (Lingard 81).
Subs not used: Romero, Darmian, Fellaini, Young, Memphis.
Manager: Jose Mourinho
Manchester City: Caballero; Mattfeo, Kompany (Kolarov 46), Otamendi, Clichy; Navas, Fernando, Garcia, Nolito (Aguero 71); Sane (Sterling 63), Iheanacho.
Subs not used: Gunn, Adarabioyo, Gundogan, Fernandinho.
Manager: Pep Guardiola