Pep Guardiola dedicated Man City’s victory over Man United to the late Colin Bell as his side booked their place in the Carabao Cup final.
It proved to be a cracking semi-final at Old Trafford. Each side had chances in the first half and three goals were chalked off for offside.
But Kevin De Bruyne came closest to scoring as his fierce strike struck the post. Guardiola’s side did take the lead in the 5oth minute, though.
Phil Foden sent in a teasing free-kick from out wide which was tapped in from close range by John Stones.
The visitors secured the victory in the 83rd minute. City’s corner was cleared to the edge of the area by Aaron Wan-Bissaka. Dean Henderson was left static in goal as Fernandinho’s volley found the bottom corner.
This is the fourth straight year that Man City have advanced to the Carabao Cup final. Guardiola’s men have won the competition in five of their previous seven seasons.
They will meet Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley. The final is due to take place on Sunday, April 25.
Speaking post-match with Sky Sports, as cited by BBC Sport, Guardiola said it is “incredible” to reach the Carabao Cup final for the fourth straight season:
“It’s for Colin Bell and his family. 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.
“I think that was our first goal from a set-piece. Lately, we have been close to scoring on set-pieces and tonight we scored two goals.
“It’s about consistency. We didn’t have a proper pre-season and that’s why we need a little bit of time but I think we are already there.
“[The final] is not next week, the game will arrive at the final. We will be in the best possible condition. Tottenham are a top team but we won’t think about it yet.”