Carabao Cup: Bernardo & Mahrez thrash the Red Devils at Old Trafford

Manchester City already have one foot in the Carabao Cup final after a 3-1 win against Manchester United at Old Trafford, where Bernardo Silva scored the pick of the bunch to give Pep Guardiola’s side the advantage in the two-legged semi-final.

It was a quiet opening 15 minutes, but Silva was eventually given time and space on the edge of the area to pick out the top corner of David de Gea’s net with a goal which will be remembered as a classic Manchester derby strike.

City’s lead was doubled when Riyad Mahrez broke away on the counter-attack, while things went from bad to worse when Andreas Pereira turned the ball into the back of his own net after Kevin De Bruyne’s deflected shot to make it three before half time.

Mahrez was denied his second of the match by the outside of the post just after the break, while at the other end of the pitch Marcus Rashford pulled United back into the match with a clinical finish off the back of a typical counter.

The hosts came close to pulling another back too, but Manchester City were able to hold on for the win and they’ll take a two-goal lead back to the Etihad ahead of the second leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final on January 29.

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