Manchester City produced some slick football at the Old Trafford and earned a 3-1 defeat against the Red Devils in semi-final first leg of the Carabao Cup.
Bernardo Silva opened Manchester city’s account with a sublime left-footed effort from the edge of the box. The away side was on the front foot from the inception of the intense semi-final tie. Then, on the 33rd-minute mark, Riyad Mahrez went round David De Gea and scored another goal for the Blue Half of Manchester.
Then, the main talking point of the game came when Kevin De Bruyne produced some slick skills and eased passed Manchester United defender Phil Jones and fired a shot which eventually turned into his own goal by Andreas Perreira. Manchester City was absolutely flying in the first half.
Kevin De Bruyne has been phenomenal for Pep Guardiola’s team this season and the above video shows what he can do to the defenders.
A poor touch from Manchester United’s Daniel James allowed City to fire a deadly counter-attack. A quick pass from Mahrez allowed De Bruyne to make his run towards Red Devils’ goal with Phil Jones desperately trying to get in on the Belgian. Just as it appeared that Jones had caught up with him, De Bruyne produced a stunning skill to chop past the defender and send the ball on goal. David De Gea saved the attempt but it rebounded off Andreas Pereira into the back of the net.
However, Manchester United did come strong in the second half but it wasn’t enough to turn the tide in their favor. Marcus Rashford did score a goal on the 70th-minute mark to give his side Manchester United some hope but the match had already gone from their court. It ended as 3-1 to Manchester City and there is all the work to do for Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium.
Manchester United is back to the Premier League action on Saturday night to face struggling Norwich City at their own backyard, Old Trafford.
While, on the other hand, Manchester City face Aston Villa on Sunday night at Villa Park.