Manchester united name full-strength team to face the City. But Manchester City without several first-team members due to Covid-19 complications. They are without first-choice goalkeeper Ederson and first choice center forwards. But Pep Guardiola outsmart the United team and reach their fourth successive Carabao Cup final.
The 2-0 defeat at Old Trafford will feel missed opportunity for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, whose wait for the first trophy as manager continue. Before the semifinal with Manchester City Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said there will be “No Excuses if we defeated against the City” and the manager is right about that.
This is fourth straight semifinal exit for the Solskjaer’s United, who are searching their first appearance of a Cup Final. But there are drastic improvements compare to the last season loss against the same opponents.
Citing from the ESPN Solskjaer said afterward “We played against a very good Manchester City team, they played well. When they play well you have to play very well to beat them. We were just lacking that little bit”.
Although Manchester United are getting better and better each passing week. But they are missing that little bit of killer instinct against the big opponents recently. Bruno Fernandes came close to scoring in the first half but stand-in keeper Zack Steffen was make significant save. Otherwise Zack Steffen is a spectator throughout the entire match.
Manchester United are facing crucial week ahead for their title challenge. Burnley and Liverpool waiting for them on next week in premier league fixtures. Meanwhile Manchester City shows their quality with comprehensive victories against Chelsea and Manchester United. Season unfold into second phase and City are clicking into gear at the right time. City are without Ederson, Kyle Walker, Aymeric Laporte, Rodri, Bernado Silva, Ferran torres, Gabriel Jesus, Sergio Aguero and Ruban Dias due to Covid-19.
United conceded two sloppy goals, both of which came from set-pieces. Manchester United find themselves in the crucial situation now in the season. United need to bounce back from this defeat. Opportunity is there to gain ground on the league if they can beat Bunley and Liverpool next week. Although a couple of results like this will increase pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The next week is another opportunity for Solskjaer. After slipping up against City, he will not want to miss another.