Man Utd Breaks 22 years old record as they slump in Derby Clash – In the first 45 minutes, the Red Devils crashed and burned against their noisy neighbors with an insipid performance.
Manchester United put in their worst first-half performance at Old Trafford in more than 22 years during the 3-1 loss to derby rival Manchester City in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg.
The Red Devils were 3-0 down when the whistle was blown half-time on Tuesday night, marking the first time they had lost three goals at home since a game against Middlesbrough in May 1997.
Solskjaer’s plan was clear: to soak up the pressure and try to catch up with City’s poor defense on the counterattack.
It worked in the Etihad a month ago, and Guardiola wasn’t going to change his philosophy of playing high up the pitch and trying to dominate possession. Only this time, the City Chief made small improvements that made a huge difference.
Bernardo Silva brought City ahead with a beautiful long-range shot in the 17th minute when he cut in and curved the ball into the top left corner of David de Gea.
United kept trying to hit City on the counter-attack, but the other side took the lead in the tie with two quick moves.
In the 33rd minute, Silva played a brilliant ball to free Riyadh Mahrez, who rounded De Gea and slotted into the empty net.
And the Red Devils nightmare got worse six minutes later, as a flowing City counter-attack saw Kevin De Bruyne’s cross rebound.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side managed to improve the performance in the second half, pulling the goal back through Marcus Rashford, but still face an uphill battle in the second leg at Etihad Stadium on January 29.
The Game ended in Manchester United 1 – 3 Manchester City