Man Utd beat City to reach EFL Cup quarters

Juan Mata opened the scoring with his third goal of the season

Juan Mata struck to win a tight Manchester derby as United knocked out EFL Cup holders City to reach the quarter-finals.

The Spaniard pounced to drive low into the corner from Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s pull-back as United set up a home tie with West Ham.

Paul Pogba had hit a post moments earlier as the game came alive in the second period, following a first half in which neither of the bitter rivals managed a shot on target.

City boss Pep Guardiola made nine changes to his side, who have now not won in six games in all competitions.

Their best chance arrived early on when Kelechi Iheanacho headed over from six yards, while second-half substitutes Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero made little impact.

Victory was United’s second in five matches, and only Jose Mourinho’s fourth win in 18 meetings with Guardiola.

Juan Mata

Mourinho’s momentum shift?

Former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager Mourinho said on Wednesday that his life in Manchester is “a bit of a disaster”.

His words and United’s poor form created a sense that defeat at Old Trafford would prompt tough headlines, and Mourinho admitted recent displays influenced his choice to make just four changes and retain key names.

Guardiola said before the game that the competition was his “lowest priority”, and has now gone six games without a win for the first time in his managerial career.

United, far from at their best, scored during their only spell of quality in the opening 10 minutes of the second half.

Ibrahimovic – anonymous in the opening 45 minutes – profited from Nicolas Otamendi’s missed header to square for Mata.

There remain areas of concern for United. Luke Shaw was constantly outwitted by Jesus Navas and again there was no place in the 18-man squad for £26m summer signing Henrik Mkhitaryan.

More to follow.

Guardiola and Mourinho appeared in good spirits before kick-off at Old Trafford

Caballero had to be quick off his line to deal with a cross when Ibrahimovic lurked

Line-ups

Man Utd

  • 1de Gea
  • 25A ValenciaBooked at 26mins
  • 17Blind
  • 5Rojo
  • 23Shaw
  • 16Carrick
  • 21Herrera
  • 8Mata