Bernardo Silva inspired Manchester

City to an emphatic win over

Manchester United, putting them on

course for another EFL Cup final.

Match Report

Manchester City have one foot in a

third consecutive EFL Cup final after

dispatching Manchester United 3-1 in

the first leg of the semi-final at Old


Beaten 2-1 by their local rivals in the

Premier League a month ago, Pep

Guardiola sprung a tactical surprise

by starting with no recognised striker

in a strong-looking line-up.

The move proved inspired as City tore

through a United defence that was

missing the injured Harry Maguire,

with Bernardo Silva, Riyad Mahrez

and an Andreas Pereira own goal

putting them 3-0 up at the break.

Marcus Rashford got a goal back to

give United a glimpse of hope ahead

of the second leg in three weeks, but

a first final since they won the

competition in 2017 already looks

beyond them.

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