JOHN STONES and Fernandinho fired Manchester City into their fifth League Cup final in six years following a dominant performance at Old Trafford.
April’s showpiece Wembley final will give Pep Guardiola’s men the chance to win the competition for the fourth season in a row.
John Stones gave City the lead early in the second halfCredit: Reuters
United’s backline were left speechless by City’s openerCredit: Reuters
City survived an early scare, when Stones actually turned the ball into his own net in the first minute, with VAR deeming Marcus Rashford to have been offside in the build-up.
A few minutes later, it was City’s turn to be denied, after Ilkay Gundogan thought he’d given them the lead.
Remarkably, Phil Foden was then also denied in the 23rd minute, with the offside flag raised against the England star.
The breakthrough eventually came in the 50th minute, when John Stones converted a set-piece off his midriff.
United huffed and puffed to get back into the game, but City were to have the last laugh.
After Aaron Wan-Bissaka headed a Kevin De Bruyne corner to the edge of the box, Fernandinho was on hand to volley the ball into the bottom corner to send City to Wembley once again.
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Fernandinho volleyed City into a 2-0 leadCredit: PA:Press Association
Ilkay Gundogan thought he’d given City an early leadCredit: PA:Press Association
Phil Foden slotted past Dean Henderson… but was thwarted by the offside flagCredit: AP:Associated Press
Kevin De Bruyne struck the post in the first-halfCredit: AFP
A chilly Pep Guardiola couldn’t believe that his side didn’t take the lead in the first 45Credit: Getty Images – Getty
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