Manchester City won the first leg of the Carabao Cup derby against United 1-3 as the host put on a dismal performance in front of their home crowd.
The Manchester City defence proved impenetrable and undaunting against the Man United attacks as the shutdown attempt after attempt.
Bernardo Silva scored the first goal for Man City with a thunderbolt of a shot taken that found its way to the top corner of the Man Utd goals in the 17th minute of play.
The red devils tried to find an equalizer but their attempt was shut down leading to Manchester City scoring their next goal from the counter-attack.
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Bernando Silva sent through a wonderfully placed through ball to Riyad Mahrez who skillfully worked his way around De Gea to tap the ball into United’s empty goal giving City a 0-2 lead in the 33rd minute.
A few minutes later it was like Man United were hit with a bad case of déjà vu when another offensive strike was shut down by the City defence which once again led to a goal arising from the counter-attack that followed.
De Bruyne led the counter-attack taking a shot on goal which was deflected by De Gea but ended up being knocked in for an own goal by Andreas Pereira in the 38th minute.
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The home side found themselves going into the break 0-3 in what manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer later went onto describe as the “worst” first-half performance by the red devils so far.
United were not beat though as they came out in the second half all guns blazing as they fought to right the wrongs of their dismal first half.
Marcus Rashford managed to put United on the score sheet with a goal in the 70th minute of play thanks to a pass from Mason Greenwood.
The game ended with City taking the 1-3 away win in the first leg of their Carabao Cup derby.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits that his side have an uphill battle ahead of them as they prepare for the second leg of the derby but still believe that they can pull it off as he went on to say the following in his post-match interview:
“Even though it is a steep mountain to climb, we can still climb it. We just need to look forward. We’ve shown before that we’ve been down from a home tie and turned it around, last year against PSG for example, so we’ve just got to believe when we go to the Etihad and know that we can put a performance on.”