Player Ratings: Man City 0-1 Man United [3-2 Agg.] (Carabao Cup Semi-Final Second-Leg)

Danny Lardner

Manchester City scraped through a nervy semi-final second leg to book a spot in their third consecutive Carabao Cup final, against Aston Villa.

City were dominant in the opening third of the match, but conceded a well-struck goal from Nemanja Matic late in the first-half. Pep Guardiola's players looked nervy throughout the game, but went through the second half keeping the score at 1-0

Here's how we rated the players following this evening's semi-final at the Etihad...

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Claudio Bravo - 4

Yes, Matic did hit his shot very well, but I'm not sure if a keeper at this level should concede a goal like that at his near post. I don't rate or trust Bravo one bit, and once again he conceded from the first opposition shot on target of the game. 

João Cancelo - 5

While not playing particularly well overall, Cancelo did influence the game a fair bit with his energy from left-back. He was unlucky to be denied an assist when Aguero's late finish was ruled out for offside.

Nicolas Otamendi - 4

Generally shaky all game, much like a lot of the team. 

His foul on Maguire in the dying minutes was entirely needless and nearly cost a fatal second goal. 

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Rodri - 5

While at times looking assured and controlled on the ball, Rodri suffered the same fate of nearly all the City players and looked relatively poor after the first half-hour.

Kyle Walker - 5.5

His effort in the second half was really well struck and forced a second of confusion out of De Gea, but he was often caught out defensively and often looked quite vulnerable.

Ilkay Gundogan - 5

Passive and unimpressive overall. He shared the team's nervousness over the entirety of the last hour and only offered one or two sighters that never really threatened De Gea.

Kevin De Bruyne - 6.5

Realistically, one of only two good players tonight. He was more assured in possession and created several chances - including a great one wasted by Sterling.

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Bernardo Silva - 5

Like everyone, not at his best. He showed off a couple of neat dribbles and retained the ball well, but he grew sloppy throughout the game.

Riyad Mahrez - 6

While certainly not one of City's worst players on the night, he shared their inability to create any real chances after the first half-hour. 

He did force a good save from David De Gea's feet early on, but didn't do enough to get City a goal.

Raheem Sterling - 3

Perhaps his worst game in a City shirt. Not only did he create very little from possession, but he also squandered a golden chance when one-on-one with De Gea.

Sterling can be a magical player, but his last month or two has been horrendous. I, among others, am desperate to see him back to his best but it looks like he needs a bit of time off.

Leroy Sane should walk back into the team once he's made a full recovery.

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Manchester City's English midfielder Raheem Sterling runs with the ball during the English League Cup semi-final second leg football match between Manchester City and Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on January 29, 2020. - Manchester City booked their place in a third successive League Cup final, but made hard work of disposing of Manchester United 3-2 on aggregate after losing the second leg of their semi-final 1-0 at home on Wednesday. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Sergio Aguero - 6.5

Only Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne truly made me believe that they were going to create a good chance. While the Argentine did offer some hope, including a disallowed goal, he really should have converted that early header.

Substitutes:

David Silva - 5

Why can this man not shoot? A golden chance from 10 yards saw him meekly pass the ball sideways to Gundogan, sending his manager and 50,000 City fans into despair. 

Reluctance to shoot has always been one of his weaknesses, but its materialisation tonight is one of the worst examples I've ever seen.

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Manchester City's Spanish midfielder David Silva (L) shakes hands with Manchester United's Welsh midfielder Daniel James after the English League Cup semi-final second leg football match between Manchester City and Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on January 29, 2020. - Manchester City booked their place in a third successive League Cup final, but made hard work of disposing of Manchester United 3-2 on aggregate after losing the second leg of their semi-final 1-0 at home on Wednesday. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

John Stones - N/A

Gabriel Jesus - N/A

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