Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has expressed confidence that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men have it in them to beat Manchester City when the two sides meet in the Carabao Cup semi-final. United sealed a 2-0 win at Everton to set up a clash with cross-town rivals City while Tottenham Hotspur beat Stoke City 3-1 and will face second-tier Brentford in the other semi-final.
Gary Neville said Manchester City aren’t the side they were 2 years ago and United should have nothing to fear in what has turned out to be a much-anticipated cup semi-final fixture. The semi-finals, which will be played over one leg this season, is slated in the week commencing January 4 with the final scheduled for April 25.
Manchester United sealed the quarter-final win against Everton after late goals from Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial. While Cavani opened the scoring in the 88th minute, Martial doubled the lead in the stoppage time. The win adds to United’s good run of form as they have stitched a 3-match winning run across all competitions.
“”I don’t feel United will fear City anywhere near as much as they would have a year ago, and definitely not two years when City were unplayable,” Neville told Sky Sports.
“Playing City a couple of weeks ago at Old Trafford, I don’t think United will think they have anything to worry about. City are a good side, but they are not the side they were two years ago, and United can win, home or away against City.”
United have been playing good football this season despite their early exit from Champions League. Solskjaer’s men are third on the league standings, 5 points behind leaders Liverpool with a game in hand. City, on the other hand, are at the 8th spot in what has been a topsy-turvy campaign for them so far.
Tottenham set up Brentford semi-final
On the other hand, Tottenham Hotspur, who have lost a bit of steam in the Premier League campaign, came up with an impressive 3-1 win over Stoke City in the Carabao Cup quarter-final match on Wednesday. Gareth Bale opened the scoring for Spurs but did not take the field in the second half with an apparent calf issue.
Stoke clinched an equaliser early in the second half but strikes from Ben Davies and Harry Kane gave Jose Mourinho’s side the entry ticket to the semi-finals.
Mourinho is not willing to take second-tier Brentford lightly as he Spurs boss believes they are good enough to be in the Premier League.
“The teams that are going to be there are very difficult. Man City are very difficult, Brentford for me, the way they play, they are not Championship, they are Premier League. Everton and Manchester United are top teams too,” Mourinho said.