Man United lost 2-1 in the second leg of the EFL Cup semi-final, but go through to the final through winning 3-2 on aggregate.
United didn’t play well on the night and had to work hard against a determined Hull side. They struggled to impose themselves. In the 35th minute, Harry Maguire fell in the penalty box after a pull from Marcos Rojo. It was a quite a soft penalty as Maguire went down very easily. Tom Huddlestone put away the penalty. Straight after the goal, Zlatan Ibrahimovic went the other end and nearly scored, but David Marshall made a good save. Hull had more possession than United in the first half.
United should’ve had a penalty in the second half, but the ref didn’t give one, even though Chris Smalling got pushed to the floor by Huddlestone, similarly to the Hull penalty. In the 66th minute, Marcus Rashford ran past a couple of players, before Huddlestone poked the ball into the path of Paul Pogba, who poked into the bottom corner through Maguire’a legs.
After the goal, Rojo headed against the bar for United and Oumar Niasse also hit the woodwork for Hull. But, from David Meyler’s cross, Niasse turned the ball in to set up a tense finale. But, United held on and United can go into the final looking to win their fifth League Cup. Although they are through, they had less shots and less possession than Hull. They were probably deservedly beaten.
United have had their 17-match unbeaten run, but they won’t care too much. It will be tough for them though, as they were meant to play Man City on the day of the final, so the depth of the squad will be tested. The final is on the 26th of February.