Manchester United won the victory over Manchester City in the League Cup semi-final second leg match earlier this morning. Although still unable to move to the final round, but Manchester United got a lot of flattery because of the victory at the Citizen headquarters. One of them came from the club’s legend, Garry Neville.
The third Manchester Derby took place on Thursday morning West Indonesia Time (30/01). The match titled the second leg of the League Cup semifinal took place at the Etihad Stadium. Playing as the host, Manchester City should be more favored to win. But the winner was Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team with a thin score of 1-0.
Host Manchester City actually dominated from the first minute. In the first round, there were two golden opportunities Sergio Aguero that was defeated by David de Gea. Then Citizen also had two goals, both of which were ruled out by the referee because of the offside trap.
Manchester United instead appear depressed, they only create a handful of opportunities. Even the statistics noted, the Red Devils only fired two shots on target. One of them from Nemanja Matic in the 35th minute which led to a goal.
Unfortunately, Manchester United, who ultimately won the match, were still unable to move to the final round. This is because Manchester City excel in aggregate after winning 3-1 in the first leg at Old Trafford.
But apart from that, Gary Neville was very pleased to see Manchester United’s performance. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s landing team appeared solid. Harry Maguire is so solid in midfield, and so is goalkeeper David De Gea.
“A scary night for Manchester City. Man City performed well in football terms but could not destroy United and United’s game plan was good,” Neville said on Sky Sports.
Not only that, Neville also considered that Nemanja Matic’s red card in the middle of the second half changed the final result. If only United continued to play with 11 people, he was sure the ticket to the final would be obtained by Solskjaer’s troops.
“Nemanja Matic’s red card was the moment that made the match ended. First leg at Old Trafford was a mess and that is the price United must pay,” said Gary Neville.