Man Utd duo slammed after Man City Carabao Cup defeat – ‘Wasted and should have done more’
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Manchester United duo Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial have been slammed by BBC Sport pundit Dion Dublin after their side’s 2-0 Carabao Cup defeat to Manchester City on Wednesday night. The Red Devils exited the competition after goals from John Stones and Fernandinho. It was their fourth semi-final defeat in a row under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, too.
United went into the game against City looking to book their place in the Carabao Cup final for the first time since 2017, back when Jose Mourinho was manager.
But that didn’t happen, with the Red Devils instead slipping to defeat.
Stones put City ahead shortly after the interval, prodding home from close range to capitalise on some uncertain United defending.
And Fernandinho struck late on to send City through to their fourth straight Carabao Cup final.
Speaking after the game, Dublin expressed a belief that Pep Guardiola’s side were deserving of their win.
And he took aim at Rashford, saying the England international was ‘wasted’ on the right wing, while also singling Martial out for criticism.
“Manchester City were the better side,” he said.
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“They played the better football, they created the better chances.
“They looked more in sync with each other, the final third football was better and it was 80% City, 20% Manchester United.
“United just didn’t do enough in the final and Marcus Rashford was wasted down the right-hand side and Anthony Martial should have done more.”
Stones paid tribute to City legend Colin Bell after the game, while also opening up on what Pep Guardiola told his troops.
“I’d like to send our condolences for Colin Bell and his family,” said the City star.
“I think how we played today was a reflection of him. A great moment for us and hopefully he is looking down on us. It was a great occasion, another win against another of the top teams.
“[Pep Guardiola] just said ‘same again, same mentality, same everything’. We dealt with the problems well and just tried to be more clinical in the final third.
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“We had so many chances, great chances, great moves to get into the box and we did a job at the end of the day.”
Solskjaer, meanwhile, rued his side’s failure to defend set pieces – admitting it prevented his side from claiming victory.
The dejected 47-year-old said: ”Manchester City can score many great goals. You can accept that. When you concede two simple set-plays, it’s very disappointing. Just not good enough in those moments.
“We didn’t create enough big chances. They didn’t either. We didn’t have the extra finesse we’ve had in the games lately. We weren’t good enough today.
“We played against a very good Manchester City team. They played well. When they play well you have to play very well to beat them. We were just lacking that little bit.
“We’re getting closer. This is a much better version of United than a year ago in those semis.
“It’s not psychological [losing in four semis]. Sometimes you meet good teams in the semis. We met, at the moment, City are probably the best team in England.”
Solskjaer also expressed a belief United must ‘dust off’ and go again.
“We wanted the final to look forward to because of course give us an extra boost,” added the Norwegian.
“But it’s not happened.
“But you’ve got to dust it off, use the night to get the disappointment away because Saturday FA Cup and then we’ve got big league games – Burnley and Liverpool.
“And then within a month suddenly the Europa League is here again.”
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