Riding on the back of goals from John Stones and Fernandinho, Manchester City reached their fourth straight League Cup final after a 2-0 win over Manchester United in Wednesday’s League Cup semi-final at Old Trafford.
Pep Guardiola’s men will now meet Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley in the April 25 final and look to seal their 4th consecutive League Cup final win.
In a dramatic opening to the game, both teams had their respective efforts ruled out for offside. Stones turned the ball into his own net but was saved by the flag, while Ilkay Gundogan converted a low ball in from Phil Foden but, again, the attempt was rightly ruled out.
Kevin De Bruyne struck the post with a thundering drive from outside the box before Foden also put the ball in the net for City but the visitors were foiled by offside once again.
Flashbacks from last year’s contest between the two sides at the same stage of the competition was making fans feel nostalgic as both City and United fought it hard in the first half.
City went ahead 5 minutes after the break when Foden fired in a free kick from the left through a crowded box and defender Stones bundled a cross home at the back post, the ball going in off his thigh.
United keeper Dean Henderson produced a brilliant save to tip over a strike from Riyad Mahrez, after the Algerian had burst forward from the halfway line.
Fernandinho made sure of the win seven minutes from time with a stunning volley as he pounced on a headed clearance from Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
United have now lost at the semi-final stage in their last four Cup campaigns, leaving manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still searching for his first final 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.
Manchester City entered the field in number eight shirts in tribute to former club midfielder Colin Bell who died on Tuesday.
“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,” Pep Guardiola 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 added.