Ratings: Ander Herrera the star of the show in derby victory


Manchester United are into the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup following a 1-0 victory over rivals Manchester City. Juan Mata scored the only goal of the game early in the second half in a game that lacked the sharpness of a Premier League contest. United have been handed a home tie against West Ham United in the last eight.

The visitors should have been ahead in the opening couple of minutes in a first-half that offered very little in the way of chances. Jesus Navas produced a fine cross onto the head of Kelechi Iheanacho who somehow headed into the Stretford End when it looked easier to score. United grew into the game as the half wore on but failed to create anything of note.

Mourinho’s men started the second half the brighter as Paul Pogba’s left-footed effort crashed against the upright in the opening five minutes of the restart, however, the home side were ahead not long after. Juan Mata slotting the ball into the net following good work from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ander Herrera. City brought on their big guns – Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero – to try and salvage something as the game wore on however David De Gea was rarely tested. The home side held on as they progressed into the quarter-finals at their rivals expense. Let’s take a look how United’s players fared tonight.

Goals: Juan Mata 54′

Manchester United: De Gea; Valencia, Rojo, Blind, Shaw; Herrera, Carrick; Mata (Schneiderlin 73′), Pogba, Rashford (Lingard 82′); Ibrahimovic

Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Darmian; Memphis, Young, Fellaini

Bookings: Antonio Valencia 26′, Zlatan Ibrahimovic 90+1′, Paul Pogba 90+1′

Manchester United

David De Gea

1 David De Gea

Can't remember the Spaniard making a save, was a spectator for the most part.

Antonio Valencia

25 Antonio Valencia

Booked in the first half for a rash challenge on Fernando, however, stuck to his job and put in a solid performance. He bombed up and down the touchline all night and was a constant outlet.

Marcos Rojo

5 Marcos Rojo

Much was made about the defensive duo prior to kick off but Rojo did well throughout. Looked more comfortable centrally than at left-back. Maybe it was down to City not creating much but excelled when called upon.

Daley Blind

17 Daley Blind

See above. Had a torrid game on Sunday against Chelsea, however, dealt with everything City had to offer. Decent enough performance.

Luke Shaw

23 Luke Shaw

City's best play in the first half came down Shaw's side. Navas had the beating of the former Southampton man time after time. Improved in the second half.

Ander Herrera

21 Ander Herrera

Looked more comfortable alongside Carrick as opposed to Marouane Fellaini. Another tireless display from the Spaniard wears his heart on his sleeve and is a must in the big games.

Michael Carrick

16 Michael Carrick

The calming influence that United missed in Sunday's 4-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge. Always looking to go forward with the ball at his feet. Composed in possession.

Juan Mata

8 Juan Mata

His strike early in the second half turned out to be the winner. Worked well but wanted to drift inside from the right too often in the first half.

Paul Pogba

6 Paul Pogba

Struggled in the first period, however, grew into the game, hit the post in the opening five minutes of the restart. Showed some neat touches and flicks in the second half. A better performance by the Frenchman.

Marcus Rashford

19 Marcus Rashford

Struggled in the first half against City's young right-back, however, had the beating of the defender in the second half, linked up well with Ibrahimovic at times. Replaced by Jesse Lingard with 10 minutes remaining.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

9 Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Looked isolated in a first half that lacked quality throughout however had a big part to play in the opening goal for Juan Mata. Should have scored in the second half, just the one goal since the Premier League defeat against City last month.



Morgan Schneiderlin

28 Morgan Schneiderlin

Came on for goalscorer Juan Mata to sure things up in the centre of the pitch. A decent enough cameo.

Jesse Lingard

14 Jesse Lingard

Replaced Rashford with 10 minutes to go, didn't have enough time to influence the game.


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