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Man Utd beat City to reach EFL Cup quarters

Juan Mata opened the scoring with his third goal of the season

Juan Mata opened the scoring with his third goal of the season

Juan Mata struck to win a tight Manchester derby as United knocked out EFL Cup holders City to reach the quarter-finals.

The Spaniard pounced to drive low into the corner from Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s pull-back as United enjoyed their best spell early in the second half.

Paul Pogba had hit a post moments earlier as the game came alive in the second period, following a first half in which neither of the bitter rivals managed a shot on target.

City boss Pep Guardiola made nine changes to his side, who have now not won in six games in all competitions.

Their best chance arrived early on when Kelechi Iheanacho headed over from six yards, while second-half substitutes Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero made little impact.

Victory was United’s second in five matches, and only Jose Mourinho’s fourth win in 18 meetings with Guardiola.

More to follow.

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Guardiola and Mourinho appeared in good spirits before kick-off at Old Trafford

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Caballero had to be quick off his line to deal with a cross when Ibrahimovic lurked

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Mata’s goal arrived as United enjoyed a fast start to the second half

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Match ends, Manchester United 1, Manchester City 0.

Second Half ends, Manchester United 1, Manchester City 0.

Foul by Pablo Maffeo (Manchester City).

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card.

Paul Pogba (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Nicolás Otamendi (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Paul Pogba (Manchester United).

Foul by Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City).

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Offside, Manchester United. Paul Pogba tries a through ball, but Morgan Schneiderlin is caught offside.

Foul by Sergio Agüero (Manchester City).

Michael Carrick (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution, Manchester United. Jesse Lingard replaces Marcus Rashford because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Jesús Navas (Manchester City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Aleksandar Kolarov.

Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luke Shaw (Manchester United).

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Pablo Maffeo.

Foul by Aleix García (Manchester City).

Morgan Schneiderlin (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Nicolás Otamendi (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Morgan Schneiderlin (Manchester United).

Foul by Fernando (Manchester City).

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution, Manchester United. Morgan Schneiderlin replaces Juan Mata.

Gaël Clichy (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marcus Rashford (Manchester United).

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Daley Blind.

Substitution, Manchester City. Sergio Agüero replaces Nolito.

Attempt missed. Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.

Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ander Herrera (Manchester United).

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Luke Shaw.

Ander Herrera (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Raheem Sterling (Manchester City).

Substitution, Manchester City. Raheem Sterling replaces Leroy Sané.

Attempt missed. Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Aleix García.

Offside, Manchester United. Antonio Valencia tries a through ball, but Juan Mata is caught offside.

Goal! Manchester United 1, Manchester City 0. Juan Mata (Manchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Attempt missed. Ander Herrera (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/37700029