Manchester City arrived at their fourth consecutive League Cup last as second-half objectives from John Stones and Fernandinho gave Pep Guardiola’s side a 2-0 success over Manchester United in Wednesday’s semi-last at Old Trafford.
City will meet Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley in the April 25 last as they look for their fourth League Cup win in succession.
In a distraught opening to the game, the two groups had endeavors precluded for offside with Stones transforming the ball into his own net yet being saved by the banner and Ilkay Gundogan changing over a low ball in from Phil Foden in any case, once more, the endeavor was appropriately precluded.
Kevin De Bruyne hit the post with a roaring drive from fresh before Foden likewise put the ball in the net for City however the guests were thwarted by offside by and by.
It was an open and engaging game with City looking more keen however United serious as they looked for vengeance for a year ago’s destruction by their neighbors at a similar phase of the opposition.
City proceeded five minutes after the break when Foden whipped in a free kick from the left through a packed box and safeguard Stones packaged a cross home at the back post, the ball going in off his thigh.
United keeper Dean Henderson created a splendid save to tip over a strike from Riyad Mahrez, after the Algerian had blasted forward from the midway line.
Fernandinho ensured the success a short ways from time with a staggering volley as he jumped on a headed freedom from Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
United have now lost at the semi-last stage in their last four Cup crusades, leaving supervisor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer actually looking for his first last since taking over at the club.
“We’re getting closer. This is a much better version of United than a year ago in those semis,” said the Norwegian.
“It’s not psychological, sometimes you meet good teams in the semis. City are probably the best team in England at the moment,” he added.
City entered the field in No. 8 shirts in recognition for previous player Colin Bell who kicked the bucket on Tuesday and Guardiola said they had respected his memory.
“It’s for Colin Bell and his family. He helped to build something special for this club. It’s an incredible victory for us to beat United away and it was for him absolutely,” he said.
“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,” he said.