Man United 1-0 Man City: Four things we learnt

The EFL Cup’s Round of 16 threw up some fantastic fixtures and they certainly didn’t disappoint, the most high-profile being the Manchester Derby.

The second instalment we’ve received already this season, last night’s match was an energetic and intriguing affair, even if the two slightly weakened sides lacked the cutting edge we’ve come to expect from Manchester City and Manchester United.

Red Devils midfielder Juan Mata proved to be the difference, capitalising on some chaos in the box to slot the ball past Willy Caballero on the 52nd-minute mark.

Goal-mouth excitement was otherwise rather limited – in fact, City finished the match without a single shot on target – and neither side came truly close to hitting top gear.

But with youngsters, squad players and one of the most enthralling managerial rivalries in world football thrown into the mix, there was plenty to be learnt from United’s 1-0 win over their local rivals.