Mata Strike Leads Man Utd To Victory Over Man City

Manchester City's Kelechi Iheanacho scores their second goal

Jose Mourinho got his own back on great managerial rival Pep Guardiola as Manchester United beat a weakened Manchester City 1-0 in the fourth round of the English League Cup on Wednesday, with Juan Mata scoring a second-half victor.

Mourinho, who did not hold a formal press conference, added on Sky Sports: "I'm happy the players did everything and they deserved to win".

The result at Old Trafford gave Mourinho only his third victory in 13 encounters with Guardiola, who has gone six games without victory for the first time in his glittering managerial career.

He said: "He told us he is exhausted and was not ready to play the second half".

"He felt not good but the important thing is he is not injured".

Guardiola, in contrast, made nine changes, notably handing starts to youngsters Pablo Maffeo and Aleix Garcia.

City looked the more likely to break the deadlock for much of the opening period, but it was United who finished the stronger, although Zlatan Ibrahimovic sent a promising free-kick straight into the wall before having another effort from the edge of the box deflected over.

Leaving Nicolas Otamendi on his back in an aerial challenge, Ibrahimovic crossed from the left and with Ander Herrera and Fernando colliding at the near post, Mata popped up to sweep home.

Manchester City's Fernandinho and team mates speak to referee Mike Dean after awarding Stoke City a penalty
Manchester City's Fernandinho and team mates speak to referee Mike Dean

A much-changed City side started strongly but were unable to make the breakthrough, allowing United to find a way back into the match.

"Sergio played really well in the last games", Guardiola said Tuesday. "No regrets (about his team selection)".

Edimilson Fernandes celebrates after scoring West Ham's second goal.

There was a heavy police presence inside and outside the former Olympic Stadium, where there has been trouble involving West Ham fans in previous games.

Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola have a long history of animosity with one another, and if their first meeting in the Premier League earlier this season is any indication, then this will be a high-intensity match - and one made somewhat more unpredictable given the setting.

Gary Cahill scored a late consolation goal for the visitors. The reality is that I never had fans like these, we lost 4-0 and we were supported.

Sofiane Boufal scored the victor for Southampton in the 66th minute on his first start since his club-record move from Lille in August.

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