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Bristol City stun Manchester United in Carabao Cup upset

The Championship side will join Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea in the last four of the competition

Bristol City stun Manchester United in Carabao Cup upset

Bristol City sent holders Manchester United crashing out of the Carabao Cup after Korey Smith’s stoppage-time strike secured a stunning victory.

The Championship promotion challengers joined Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal in the last-four as Smith’s winner rocked a star-studded United side.

Joe Bryan gave City a 51st-minute lead, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic equalised shortly afterwards. Then just when extra-time beckoned, Smith was set free by Matty Taylor, and delivered the goods.

What they said

Bristol City manager Lee Johnson: “I am super proud. It was an unbelievable performance. Every player was eight and nine out of 10, minimum, and probably 10. To beat Manchester United at home is a historic occasion, and that Korey Smith goal at the end will live in the memory for many generations.”

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho: “They were a bit lucky, but they fought a lot to be lucky. They win the game in a moment where we have no possibilities to react. I think a beautiful day for football because a team from a lower division won and got into (the) semi-final.”

Tweet of the match

Star man – Joe Bryan

Smith gave him a run for his money after netting the winner but Bryan was excellent for City. The left-sided midfielder rifled in a magnificent opener before producing a fine sliding tackle to deny Marcus Rashford in the second half.

Moment of the match

Denied an opportunity in the first half following a last-ditch sliding tackle from Daley Blind, Smith was not to be stopped for a second time when he collected a lofted pass from substitute Matty Taylor and fired low past Sergio Romero in the area.

View from the bench

Jose Mourinho, right, and Lee Johnson
Bristol City boss Lee Johnson, right, is an admirer of Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho (Simon Galloway/Empics)

City head coach Lee Johnson revealed before the game that he was a big admirer of Jose Mourinho, pulling out all the stops to ensure his opposite number was happy with his choice of wine. Yet the “very expensive” wine will not taste sweet for Mourinho after City’s late show. Johnson also reenacted the Portuguese’s celebration from when Porto knocked Manchester United out of the Champions League at Old Trafford in 2004, charging down the touchline and swirling a mascot around after Smith’s winner.

Data point

United were the fourth Premier League team Bristol City have beaten en route to the semi-finals. Watford, Stoke and Crystal Palace were all sent packing by Johnson’s side earlier this season.

Match ratings

Bristol City: Steele 7, Wright 7, Flint 7, Baker 7, Magnusson 7, Brownhill 7, Pack 8, Smith 9, Bryan 9, Paterson 8, Reid 7. Subs: Taylor (for Magnusson, 69) 8, Eliasson (for Brownhill, 74) 7.

Manchester United: Romero 6, Darmian 6, Lindelof 6, Rojo 6, Shaw 5, McTominay 5, Blind 6, Pogba 8, Rashford 6, Ibrahimovic 6, Martial 7. Subs: Lukaku (for Blind, 61) 7, Mkhitaryan (for Ibrahimovic, 69) 5, Smalling (for Darmian, 90) 5.

Who’s up next?

QPR v Bristol City (Championship, December 23)

Leicester v Manchester United (Premier League, December 23)

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