A single goal from Mata was enough for the Red Devils to see off Manchester City in the EFL Cup fourth round, as Mourinho got one back on Guardiola following the defeat suffered in the EPL, as well as to somewhat boost the players’ morale as well after the drubbing against Chelsea last Sunday.
However, despite having made a number of changes, Manchester City were the livelier ones in the first half, and although United ended more strongly, neither teams could find a shot on target, with some observers even qualifying Zlatan’s first half performance as the worst one of his career, and both teams were levelled at half-time on a 0-0 scoreline. Seems like Mourinho must seriously consider giving him a break.
United however started the second half with more attacking intent, as Pogba saw a shot hit the post, before Mata eventually broke the deadlock on the 54th minute. Ibrahimovic teed up Mata for the opener, and only goal of the match, despite United creating more chances but failing to capitalize once again, while City for their part failed to really trouble United to find the equalizer they needed, leaving a desperate Guardiola watching on, while Mourinho breathed a sigh of relief as he got back to winning ways.