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CITY BEAT UNITED 'The best team in England' - Ole Gunnar Solskjaer salutes Man City as he loses another semi-final

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 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manager of Manchester United reacts after the Carabao Cup Semi Final match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford. (Photo by Peter Powell - Pool/Getty Images)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manager of Manchester United reacts after the Carabao Cup Semi Final match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford. (Photo by Peter Powell - Pool/Getty Images)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manager of Manchester United reacts after the Carabao Cup Semi Final match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford. (Photo by Peter Powell - Pool/Getty Images)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer lost his fourth successive cup semi-final as Manchester United manager as they were beaten 2-0 by Manchester City in the Carabao Cup at Old Trafford.

Unlikely goalscorers John Stones and Fernandinho secured Manchester City’s shot at a fourth successive Carabao Cup crown as Manchester United lost their fourth consecutive semi-final.

Pep Guardiola’s men have not tasted defeat in this competition since 2016 and will face Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham in the final on April 25 after edging past their neighbours at an empty Old Trafford.

Rejuvenated Stones’ first City goal since November 2017 and Fernandinho’s first since October 2018 gave the Carabao Cup kings a 2-0 victory at United, who lost a fourth straight semi as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s wait for a maiden trophy in charge continued.

United were well beaten on a night when they only managed two shots on target, with Solskjaer suggesting his side were beaten by the best side in English football.

"Manchester City can score many great goals. You can accept that," he stated. "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."

Former United skipper Roy Keane is often critical of Solskjaer's team after a big defeat, but he insisted this was not a moment to question their qualities.

"Ole will be disappointed with the goals they have conceded, but you have to hold your hand up and say City deserved it," Keane told Sky Sports.

"I don't want to be too critical of United. They let in goals from set-pieces and maybe Harry Maguire was hesitant on the first one, but City are a good side. United were just not quite there."

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John Stones of Manchester City celebrates after scoring their team's first goal during the Carabao Cup Semi Final match between Manchester United and Manchester City. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

John Stones of Manchester City celebrates after scoring their team's first goal during the Carabao Cup Semi Final match between Manchester United and Manchester City. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

John Stones of Manchester City celebrates after scoring their team's first goal during the Carabao Cup Semi Final match between Manchester United and Manchester City. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

City manager Pep Guardiola was overjoyed as he toasted another appearance in the Carabao Cup final, as he looked forward to a Wembley date with Jose Mourinho's Tottenham.

"The team is ready and it was an outstanding performance," said the City boss. "We dipped a little bit in the second half, we were tired after the game at Stamford Bridge but when the team has this mentality they can do something incredible. It's not the Champions League but four times in a row to reach the final - I'm so impressed.

"I think that was our first goal from a set-piece. Lately, we have been close to scoring on set-pieces and tonight we scored two goals.

"It's about the consistency. We didn't have a proper pre-season and that's why we need a little bit of time but I think we are already there.

"We will be in the best possible condition for the final. Tottenham are a top team but we won't think about it yet."

The Carabao Cup Final will take place at Wembley on April 25th, with City installed as firm favorites by the bookies to lift the trophy once again.

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