Remarkable Stats Show Man City's Recent Dominance Over United at Old Trafford

Manchester City comfortably swept aside rivals Manchester United 3-1 in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg.

Bernardo Silva gave the Sky Blues the lead after 17 minutes with a sensational strike, before he played through Riyad Mahrez 16 minutes later, who took the ball around goalkeeper David de Gea and tapped the ball into an empty net. The away side continued to dominate and extended their lead just five minutes later as Andreas Pereira turned the ball into his own net.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men improved in the second half and they were able to pull one goal back through ​Marcus Rashford, who was captaining his boyhood club for the first time. Ultimately, it was a hugely disappointing evening for ​the Red Devils and they are now left with a huge task if they are to stop their rivals from reaching their third successive final.

This result means that ​City have now won seven of their last ten away matches against United (D1 L2) in all competitions. To make matters worse, this is as many as in their previous 42 visits to Old Trafford.

Moreover, the Red Devils conceded three first half goals in a game at Old Trafford for the first time since May 1997 against ​Middlesbrough, a game which featured Solskjaer. On that occasion, it was 3-2 to the away side at half time but, United soon found a leveller through Solskjaer.  

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

However, on Tuesday evening, City were dominant and while they will take a two-goal advantage into the second leg of the tie, it could have been more. After the game, ​Solskjaer admitted that his side's first half display was the "worst" they have played since he arrived.

“From their goal until half-time, that is the worst that we have played. From the first goal to half-time we just could not cope with that setback. We were running in between. The pressure didn't work and we let them play. 

"Our heads dropped. We just made decisions that we should not do.”

Source : 90min