City Scrap Past United Into Carabao Cup Final

Manchester City scraped into the final of the Carabao Cup despite losing 1-0 in the second leg of their semi-final to Manchester United on Wednesday night.

It seemed like it would be a stroll of a second leg for City, having won the first leg 3-1 at Old Trafford three weeks ago, but Nemanja Matic’s first-half strike made it a far nervier affair than most at the Etihad were expecting – securing an eventual 3-2 win on aggregate.

City spurned several great opportunities in the second half, but their quest to progress to the final of the competition they are trying to win for a third consecutive time was made easier by Matic’s late red card to leave United with 10 men

Pep Guardiola’s side will face Aston Villa in the final at Wembley on Sunday, March 1 – live on Sky Sports Football – after Villa beat Leicester in the other semi-final.

Player ratings

Manchester City: Bravo (6), Walker (6), Rodrigo (6), Otamendi (6), Cancelo (7), Gundogan (6), Mahrez (5), De Bruyne (7), Bernardo (6), Sterling (5), Aguero (5)

Subs: Silva (5), Stones (n/a), Jesus (n/a)

Manchester United: De Gea (7), Wan-Bissaka (7), Lindelof (7), Maguire (7), Shaw (6), Williams (6), Fred (7), Matic (7), Lingard (5), Greenwood (5), Martial (5)

Subs: James (5), Pereira (n/a), Mata (n/a)

Man of the match: Kevin De Bruyne

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