As it Happened: Manchester United 0-2 Manchester City LIVE: Fernandinho sends city to Wembley
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 06: Oleksandr Zinchencko of Manchester City battles for possession with Marcus Rashford of Manchester United during the Carabao Cup Semi Final match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford on January 06, 2021 in Manchester, England. The match will be played without fans, behind closed doors as a Covid-19 precaution. (Photo by Matt McNulty - Manchester City/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)


22:4512 days ago

That's all folks!

That brings an end to VAVEL's coverage of Manchester City's 2-0 win over Manchester United.

Pep vs. Jose awaits...

Bring on the final!


22:4312 days ago


City have reached their fourth successive Carabao Cup final, winning the previous three.

Only Liverpool have managed to match this feat, having won all four of their consecutive final appearances

22:4112 days ago

WATCH Fernandinho's wonder strike


22:4012 days ago

Once in a blue moon

Fernandinho scored his first goal since Oct 2018 and first League Cup goal since 2016 final.

John Stones' goal was also his first in over three years

22:3912 days ago


The referee brings a close to a fascinating contest at Old Trafford.

John Stones gave City the lead after a free kick travelled all the way across the six yard box as he tapped home at the back post.

Fernandinho then sealed the result in emphatic style, volleying home a partially-cleared corner past the stationary Henderson.

All in all, probably a deserved victory with City looking the more comfortable on the ball.

United had chances to score themselves, but ultimately their poor final third play let them down.

City will now meet Spurs in the final at Wembley on April 25th.

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Greenwood does well to win United a corner
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There will be three added minutes
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Ruben Dias wins Sky's MOTM
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87' Substitution

Donny van de Beek is given just three, yes THREE, minutes on the pitch as he replaces Fred
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83' Goal!

City are through, and what a way to do it!

The corner is cleared only as far as Fernandinho whose first time volley is drilled along the floor into the bottom corner!

Just as United started to turn the screw, City hit them out of the blue

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82' Corner

City win a corner from De Bruyne's deflected effort
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80' Over

Fernandes shoots unnecessarily from 40 yards and it unsurprisingly sails over the bar
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79' Substitution

Rodri replaces Mahrez
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78' Yellow

Cancelo booked for reacting to a shoulder barge from Shaw
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75' Substitution

Greenwood replaces Fred
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72' Over

Fernandes fires over from the edge of the box
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69' Yellow

Fred booked for a foul on Gundogan
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Fernandes strikes from distance but its no issue for Steffan
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65' Over

Maguire meets the corner but heads it wide and over
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64' Corner

Martial gets in behind but his low ball is cleared for a corner
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62' What a save!

United yet again lose possession needlessly as Mahrez travels 30 yards with the ball before firing towards the top corner.

However, Henderson keeps it out with a fingertip save

22:0212 days ago

58' Wide

Martial heads the ball onto Zinchenko for a corner, but the referee gives a goal kick
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57' Save

Sterling header was going wide but Henderson is unsure and tips it wide
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53' Over

Cancelo fires one from miles out which fizzes narrowly over the bar
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50' Goal!

City are ahead!

A free kick comes all the way across the six yard area before Stones prods it home at the back post

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47' Yellow

Fernandinho is booked for a poor challenge on Pogba
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46' Kick off

United get the game back underway!
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Second half close

The teams are back out and the second half is almost here
21:3312 days ago

Half Time

The referee brings a bizarre first half to an end.

Three disallowed goals is all there is to talk about really.

Very much hoping the second half is an improvement

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Mahrez's effort from distance is way wide
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Appeals for a handball by Stones but the referee waves play on
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De Bruyne gets in behind on the left but his cross is easily dealt with again
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Maguire comfortably clears a couple of low balls into the box.

City looking to turn the screw but still not looking too threatening

21:2212 days ago


Sterling goes down after being seemingly blocked off by Shaw, but nothing is given
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34' Over

Space opens up for McTominay who strikes from distance.

However, his shot sails harmlessly over the bar

21:1812 days ago


Fred looks for Rashford over the top and he would have been in had his touch not let him down
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Another United break down the right before Rashford picks out Martial on the edge of the box.

However, instead of shooting he opts to flick it on to Pogba, which is intercepted

21:1212 days ago

26' Wide

An ocean of red shirts flood the six yard area, Maguire meets it, but can't direct it goalwards
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25' Block!

Rashford beats Zinchenko down the right before firing at goal.

He probably would have scored were it not for a heroic block by Dias

21:1012 days ago

24' Goal?

Foden now puts the ball in the net however...

You guessed it, offside!

21:0812 days ago


Corner to City
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Nothing much happening unfortunately, the tempo has just dropped a level
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City camped in the United half looking for that killer ball.

Fernandes tries to launch a counter but Zinchenko deals with it well

20:5912 days ago

13' Post!

Kevin De Bruyne drives through the middle before rifling a 20-yard drive onto the face of the post
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9' Save!

United win the ball back high up the pitch as Fernandes finds himself with space on the edge of the box.Β 

His curling effort looks destined for the top corner but Steffan tips in wide

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United break through Pogba but his final ball is uncharacteristically poor
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5' Goal?

Now City have the ball in the net through Gundogan, but the flag is up again!

What a start to the game so far

20:5012 days ago


City, as expected, are dominating the ball so far and look very tidy in possession
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2' Goal?

The ball is in the net for United with what would have been a Stones own goal, but Rashford was offside in the build up
20:4612 days ago

1' Kick off

The game is underway at Old Trafford!
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The teams are out!

The players are out on the pitch, kick off is fast approaching...
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A place in the final...

A win for either team today would secure their place at Wembley in the Final against Tottenham Hotspur.

Spurs will be looking to win their first trophy since winning the, then, Carling Cup almost 13 years ago

20:2512 days ago

Solskjaer on Henderson selection

"He’s [Henderson] been looking forward to playing in this ground for many, many years and it’s finally happened. He’s prepared well and has been training on the pitch just to get his surroundings and get his bearings which is brilliant preparation."
20:2412 days ago

Your Thoughts?

What are your predictions for the game?

Let us know @VAVEL @manutdVAVEL and @JRidge_Journo

20:0612 days ago

Previous Meeting

United and City have already player each other at Old Trafford this season, with the game finishing 0-0.

We're all hoping for a more lively affair this time round with a spot in the final on the line.

20:0512 days ago

Last time out

Manchester United come into this game off the back of a 2-1 win over high-flying Aston Villa to put them joint top of the Premier League.

Meanwhile, Manchester City schooled Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, winning 1-3 after a dominant display.

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De Bruyne

After the Belgian's masterclass at Stamford Bridge, can he replicate his performance at Old Trafford tonight?
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Manchester City Line up!


19:4912 days ago

Lindelof Returns

The 'Ice Man' is reinstated into the United back line despite Eric Bailly's monstrous form.

Will this prove to be a stroke of genius by Solskjaer?

19:4712 days ago

Manchester United Line up!


18:2412 days ago

Live on VAVEL

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18:1912 days ago

How to watch

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18:1412 days ago

Manchester City team news

Kyle Walker and Gabriel Jesus could be back for City after completing a period of isolation following positive Covid-19 tests announced on Christmas Day.

However, Ferran Torres, Ederson, Tommy Doyle and Eric Garcia are all still out.

18:0912 days ago

Manchester United Team News

Edinson Cavani is suspended for Manchester United's Carabao Cup semi-final against rivals Manchester City.

The 33-year-old striker serves the second match of a three-game ban handed down by the Football Association for using a racial term in a social media post.

Long-term absentee Phil Jones remains sidelined but United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he has no other injury concerns, which means Victor Lindelof should return from a back complaint.

18:0412 days ago

Fourth time lucky?

This will be the fourth successive semi-final Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has led his side to, having lost the previous three.

Can his side end the streak against their neighbours, who coincidentally knocked them out at this stage of last season's Carabao Cup.

17:5912 days ago

Kick off time

Manchester United vs Manchester City will kick off at around 19:45 BST
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Welcome to VAVEL UK's LIVE coverage of Manchester United vs Manchester City in the Carabao Cup.

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