Mata sinks City

> … as Ham­mers stun Chelsea in League Cup

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JUAN MATA’S sec­ond-half strike earned Manch­ester United a 1-0 win over hold­ers Manch­ester City yes­ter­day as Jose Mour­inho’s resurgent side reached the English Foot­ball League Cup quar­ter­fi­nals.

Hu­mil­i­ated 4-0 by Mour­inho’s for­mer club Chelsea at the week­end, United got back to win­ning ways and claimed a mea­sure of re­venge for their 2-1 loss to Pep Guardiola’s City in last month’s league derby.

The re­sult at Old Traf­ford gave Mour­inho only his third vic­tory in 13 en­coun­ters with Guardiola, who has gone six games with­out vic­tory for the first time in his glit­ter­ing man­age­rial ca­reer.

“The play­ers did ev­ery­thing and de­served to win. We are happy,” Mour­inho said. “In the last week ev­ery­thing went against us, but we are pro­fes­sion­als.

“The fans felt deeply such a neg­a­tive re­sult and to­day was a good chance to clear that feel­ing, be­cause a derby knock­out and to win gives ev­ery­one a bet­ter feel­ing.”

United will now en­ter­tain West Ham United, who claimed a 2-1 up­set win over Chelsea, while Southamp­ton’s re­ward for over­com­ing Sun­der­land 1-0 is a trip to Arse­nal.

Mour­inho used his pro­gramme notes to say “sorry” to United’s fans for the re­sult at Chelsea and his de­ci­sion to make only four changes to his start­ing XI showed his ea­ger­ness to make amends.

Guardiola, in con­trast, made nine changes, no­tably hand­ing starts to young­sters Pablo Maf­feo and Aleix Gar­cia.

His side should have gone ahead in the sec­ond minute when Kelechi Iheana­cho headed over from Je­sus Navas’s cross and they might have had a penalty when Michael Car­rick caught Gar­cia near the by­line.

With Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic and Paul Pogba both waste­ful, United strug­gled to es­tab­lish a foothold in City ter­ri­tory and when they did, the vis­i­tors’ de­fend­ers were on hand to block.

Mour­inho’s half­time team talk had the de­sired ef­fect and af­ter City goal­keeper Willy Ca­ballero had touched a shot from Pogba onto the post, the hosts took a 54th-minute lead.

Leav­ing Ni­co­las Ota­mendi on his back in an ae­rial chal­lenge, Ibrahi­movic crossed from the left and with An­der Her­rera and Fer­nando col­lid­ing at the near post, Mata popped up to sweep home.

West Ham pulled off the big­gest shock of the round with vic­tory over Chelsea in the first lo­cal derby at their new London Sta­dium.

Chelsea man­ager An­to­nio Conte made seven changes from his side’s win over United and saw his team fall be­hind to Cheikhou Kouy­ate’s su­perb 11th-minute header.

Edim­il­son Fer­nan­des added a sec­ond early in the sec­ond half and al­though Gary Cahill re­duced the ar­rears in stop­page time, af­ter sub­sti­tute Eden Hazard had hit the post, it came too late.

There was a heavy po­lice pres­ence in­side and out­side the for­mer Olympic Sta­dium, where there has been trou­ble in­volv­ing West Ham fans in pre­vi­ous games.

But ri­val sup­port­ers clashed at the end of the game, with some throw­ing chairs and bot­tles.

Southamp­ton beat Sun­der­land at St Mary’s cour­tesy of a fine 20-yard curler from for­mer Lille winger Sofi­ane Bo­ufal, who was mak­ing his full de­but. – AFP

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West Ham United’s Michail An­to­nio vies with Chelsea’s David Luiz (left) dur­ing their EFL (English Foot­ball League) Cup 4th rd match at The London Sta­dium yes­ter­day. –

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