Utd, City set up League Cup showdown

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LON­DON — Manch­ester United man­ager Jose Mour­inho and his Manch­ester City ri­val Pep Guardi­ola were dealt an English Foot­ball League Cup ren­dezvous after both teams came through their third-round ties on Wed­nes­day.

United won 3-1 at third-tier Northamp­ton Town to ease some of the pres­sure build­ing on Mour­inho fol­low­ing three con­sec­u­tive de­feats, while hold­ers City pre­vailed 2-1 at Swansea City.

Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur were re­warded with a trip to Liver­pool after crush­ing Gilling­ham 5-0 and West Ham United will face Chelsea after scrap­ing past fourth-tier Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley.

“We de­served to win,” Mour­inho told Sky Sports after goals from Michael Car­rick, An­der Her­rera and sub­sti­tute Mar­cus Rash­ford took his side into the fourth round.

Mour­inho, speak­ing be­fore the draw had been made, added: “It was dif­fi­cult, as I was ex­pect­ing, but we were to­tally in con­trol for the first 35 min­utes and then for the last 45 min­utes.

“It was a dif­fi­cult match, but over­all a pos­i­tive per­for­mance.”

Mour­inho, who felt that Northamp­ton’s Jak McCourt should have been sent off for a rash chal­lenge on Mem­phis De­pay, did not at­tend his post-match Press con­fer­ence.

United’s vic­tory was a wel­come tonic for Mour­inho and his team fol­low­ing con­sec­u­tive losses to Manch­ester City, Feyeno­ord and Wat­ford.

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