Losing Man City 1-3 in the first leg of the League Cup semi-final on January 7 was the first time since 1997 that Man Utd conceded three goals in the first half of a home game.
The last time Man Utd had a similar bad result was 5/5/1997, in the draw of Middlesbrough 3-3 in round 36 Premier League. That day, Juninho, Emerson and Craig Hignett netted Man Utd in the minutes 15, 37 and 40.
After 22 years, Solskjaer is the witness of a sad milestone of Man Utd, this time as a coach. After conceding the first goal in the 17th minute, from Bernardo Silva’s long shot, “Reds” were swept away in the style of Man City, then received two more goals.
Mahrez doubled the lead in the 22nd minute, before Pereira scored an own goal because the ball bounced off the foot from De Bruyne’s shot in the 39th minute.
Man Utd played better in the second half, but it was only enough to shorten the gap to 1-3 thanks to Rashford. The team therefore still faces a difficult mountain when going to Etihad Stadium to play the semi-finals on January 29. League Cup history shows that the last 15 teams that won the first leg of the semi-finals all won tickets to the final.
Meanwhile, Man City have another important victory, helping them ease the disappointment from losing Man Utd 1-2 at home in the Premier League in December last. Great first half helped Man City have the 13th under Guardiola to lead at least three goals before halftime in away matches in all competitions.
Man Utd 1-3 Man City
In the same period, since Guardiola arrived in England in the summer of 2016, Tottenham has the best statistics behind Man City, with four times. Arsenal, Chelsea, Man Utd, Leicester and Swindon are all only three times, according to Opta.
The derby yesterday was also the seventh time Man City won in the last 10 times (the remaining draws one, losing two) as guests at Old Trafford in all competitions. This statistic marks the change of the Manchester half, because they have won only seven of 42 previous visits to Old Trafford.