Manchester City booked their place in their fourth straight Carabao Cup final with a derby victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford this evening.
Pep Guardiola’s side have won the competition in each of the past three seasons and will now face Tottenham at Wembley in April in a bid to make it four.
John Stones continued his recent return to form by opening the scoring from Phil Foden’s free-kick before Fernandinho sealed the result with a volley late on.
Man Utd lineup: Henderson, Wan Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Fred, McTominay, Pogba, Bruno Fernandes, Rashford, Martial
Man City lineup: Steffen, Joao Cancelo, Stones, Dias, Zinchenko, Fernandinho, Gundogan, Mahrez, De Bruyne, Foden, Sterling
With kick-off at 7:45pm GMT, follow all the Carabao Cup semi-final goals and action at Old Trafford.
Guardiola: It’s for Colin Bell
And here is the Manchester City boss, who must be delighted with the way his side have clicked into gear of late…
“It’s for Colin Bell and his family,” he told Sky Sports. “He helped to build something special for this club. It’s an incredible victory for us to beat United away and it was for him absolutely.
“The team is ready and it was an outstanding performance. We dipped a little bit in the second half, we were tired after the game at Stamford Bridge but when the team has this mentality they can do something incredible. It’s not the Champions League but four times in a row to reach the final – I’m so impressed.”
Solskjaer: We’re getting closer
That’s four semi-final defeats on the bounce for Manchester United, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists they are trending in the right direction.
“We’re getting closer,” he told Sky Sports. “This is a much better version of United than a year ago in those semis.
“It’s not psychological. Sometimes you meet good teams in the semis. We met, at the moment, City are probably the best team in England.”
John Stones has been speaking to Sky Sports, and dedicated City’s victory to the late Colin Bell, who passed away yesterday.
“I’d like to send our condolences for Colin Bell and his family,” Stones said.
“I think how we played today was a reflection of him. A great moment for us and hopefully he is looking down on us. It was a great occasion, another win against another of the top teams.”
What a renaissance this man is enjoying. Gareth, are you watching?
Manchester City will play Tottenham at Wembley on Sunday, April 25. It’ll either be a first trophy in 13 years for Tottenham, or a fourth in this competition alone in the last four years for Man City.
FULL-TIME | Man United 0-2 Man City
The quest for four-in-a-row is alive and kicking.
90+1 mins: We’re playing three minutes of added time. Ruben Dias has just been named man of the match – he’s been immense.
GOAL! | Man United 0-2 Man City | Fernandinho 83’
City are going to Wembley!
Wan-Bissaka heads clear but only as far as Fernandinho who strikes on the volley and Henderson is rooted to the spot as it flies in at the near post.
79 mins: Shut up shop time for City. Mahrez is off and Rodri is on.