MANCHESTER: Manchester City advanced to the League Cup final for the fourth season in a row after adding to the semi-final suffering for neighbors Manchester United with a 2-0 win at Old Trafford.
John Stones and Fernandinho scored for Pep Guardiola’s squad that will face Tottenham Hotspur coached by Jose Mourinho in the final at Wembley, April 25.
Mourinho was United’s boss when they last lifted the trophy in 2017 and the Red Devils are still looking forward to any championship under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after losing in four semi-finals over the past two seasons.
City legend Colin Bell, who died at the age of 74, was honored before the kick-off.
Both teams went down with their milestones with Guardiola’s options being more limited after some of his key players were quarantined due to COVID-19.
But Kyle Walker and Gabriel Jesus are back on the bench after completing a 10-day quarantine. In the first five minutes of the match, City and United saw their respective goals canceled by the referee.
Stones breathed a sigh of relief after Marcus Rashford was found offside before the ball hit the defense and went into his own net.
At United’s goal, Ilkay Gundogan’s goal was also canceled because the German player was in an offside position when he received a pass from Phil Foden.
Zack Steffen replaced Ederson at City after the goalkeeper had to rest due to COVID-19, and the United States player excelled in saving Bruno Fernandes’ attempt.
The Stones finally broke the deadlock five minutes after the break by blocking Phil Foden’s free kick using his thigh for his first goal in three years.
Despite not being in City’s starting line-up, the 11 games started by the England player ended without a break, thanks to his strong pairing with Ruben Dias.
Fernandinho ensured City’s victory after United failed to produce a corner kick, and it was his first goal in two years.