Manchester United are out of the Carabao Cup despite a win away at City.

In the end the damage from the first led was just too much, with a 1-0 win not enough to overturn a 3-1 deficit.

Here is a look at five things we learned from the win…

Made us proud

United came into the game as underdogs, with many writing the team off before a ball was kicked.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men delivered a performance to be proud of, fighting until the very end.


Scoring first was important and made this a real cup tie. We didn’t get close enough to scoring the second, but the players can be proud.

A second successive win at The Etihad counted for nothing ultimately, but the team and fans can be proud.

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De Gea brilliant

The fact United had a chance was all down to the brilliance of David de Gea.

The Spaniard made several early saves to keep United in the tie and prevent City from killing the contest off early.

His selection was a little of a surprise as Sergio Romero has frequently played in the cups, and this was a reminder that De Gea is still United’s best goalkeeper.

He panicked Raheem Sterling was he was through on goal in the second half and the England star blew the chance.

De Gea’s mistakes are highlighted, so it is of course fair to praise his fantastic performances too.

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Lingard wasted another chance

We said before the game that whoever Solskjaer picked n attacking midfield would get a chance to make a statement.

Jesse Lingard had an opportunity to throw a challenge down to Bruno Fernandes, instead he practically invited him to take his place.

This game was an illustration of why United need Fernandes.

Lingard was ineffective and actually hurt United’s attack, losing possession and being unable to hold the ball up.

He has become one of United’s worst players and we are thankful his game time will now diminish.

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Impressive midfield duo will be broken up

Nemanja Matic and Fred have had to work extra hard this month due to a lack of options.

At the start of the game the duo were overrun by City, but they quickly found a foothold in the game.

Matic chose a timely moment to score his first goal in over a year, putting United a goal up on the night before half-time.

Fred was key to breaking up play and driving United forward. It is just a shame Matic did not start the first leg, with United conceding three in the 45 minutes he sat out.

His red card for a second yellow was a big moment, and now he will miss the game with Wolves.

There is no simple solution at the weekend, and not being able to call on Matic to partner Fred is a serious blow.

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No aerial presence in attack

There was a moment in the first half when Brandon Williams surged forward, and then put a cross into the box.

At that moment, the attack was over. United just have no aerial presence in attack.

This is not an area either Anthony Martial or Mason Greenwood excel in, and it makes United predictable.

If United do look to sign a striker before the deadline, the club need to bring in a target man, who can offer something different.

Matic’s red card came from tapping the ball around the box and then losing possession. If there was a central player to target, the cross would have gone in early.

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