EFL Round Up: Mourinho Revenge In Derby Win As West Ham Oust ChelseaManchester United eliminated neighbour and holders, Manchester City in a 1-0 win on Wednesday night to reach the quarterfinals of the English Football League Cup.
A well taken second-half strike from Juan Mata was enough to stem the recent slump at Old Trafford highlighted by weekend’s 4-0 drubbing by Chelsea, and earn manager Jose Mourinho a cherished victory over arch-rival, Pep Guardiola who came on top when both sides clashed earlier in the Premier League in September.
The defeat have made City gone six games without a win – the longest barren spell in Guardiola’s glittering managerial career – having won their opening 10 games of the season and City's first since Arab money bags take over the club.
Mourinho apologised 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, meanwhile, made nine changes to the side that was held by Southampton over the weekend, including starts for youngsters Pablo Maffeo and Aleix Garcia.
Kelechi Iheanacho headed over from Jesus Navas’s cross in the second minute while Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba misfired at the other end as both sides struggled for rhythm.
But Mou’s men came out firing in the second-half and after City goalkeeper Willy Caballero had touched a shot from Pogba onto the post, Mata broke the deadlock in the 54th minute, brilliantly latching onto Ibrahimovic’s teed ball.
Guardiola then threw on Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling but United goalie David De Gea remained untroubled as they held on for the win.
West Ham pulled off the biggest shock of the round with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Chelsea 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 following a brilliant cross from Matt Noble.
Edimilson Fernandes added a sublime second early in the second half and although Gary Cahill bundled home a loose ball in stoppage time, it was too little too late for the Blues.
Southampton beat Sunderland at St Mary’s courtesy of a fine 20-yard strike from summer acquisition Sofiane Boufal, who was making his full debut.
United will now entertain West Ham, while Southampton’s reward for overcoming Sunderland is a trip to Arsenal.