" Utd 1-3 City: Bernardo & Mahrez set up first-half burst to color Manchester blue

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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