Manchester United may have ended their poor run of form with a 1-0 victory over Manchester City in the EFL Cup, but one man was left unimpressed by the Red Devils’ victory.
Despite Juan Mata’s goal sealing Jose Mourinho’s side a place in the quarter-finals of the competition, former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher stated he expected to see more from United given the calibre of City side they faced.
Jamie Carragher: "They're not playing Man City, they're playing Man City reserves. Let's be honest now." pic.twitter.com/VebF6ucwCR
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) October 26, 2016
“They’re not playing Man City, they’re playing Man City reserves. Let’s be honest now.”
Manchester United fielded a very strong side that included £89m man Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic and, although City did hand chances to younger players, they fielded a big-money addition of their own in Leroy Sane and the in-form Kelechi Iheanacho completed their attack.
Twitter was split on Carragher’s comments, with many United fans condemning his views as being biased whilst others agreed that United should have been able to secure a win by a more comfortable margin.
In the end, though, you can only beat the side you’re put up against and Manchester United got what they were aiming for.
Wonder how many times carragher is gonna mention "city reserves"
— george barnes (@gbarnes04) October 26, 2016
Jamie carragher is such a melt talking about this being city's 'reserves'…minus Pogba this team is worth probs double United's
— Cal Newsome (@Cal_Newsome) October 26, 2016
"They're not playing man city, they're playing man city reserves" -Jamie Carragher about a City team with 8 first team players on the field.
— ༼ つ ◕_◕ ༽つ (@Bawwla) October 26, 2016
Carragher absolutely spot on there…! we're playing city reserves, Pogba and Zlatan haven't turned up..! Get Rashford down the middle ????
— Paul Lewis (@mulewy12) October 26, 2016
I hate agreeing with Carragher but I do. We're playing City reserves and my nan would play better than Pogba and Ibrahimovic. #MUFCvMCFC
— Sean M. (@seanb0y) October 26, 2016