Manchester City will no longer defend their EFL Cup title after losing to Manchester United at Old Trafford on Wednesday, but the Citizens put up a fight against a very strong United side. Full of reserves and young players, the Sky Blues played good football, but failed to find the net and saw Juan Mata separate the two teams with a nice goal.
After a loss, you don't get lots of activity on social media, and that's what happened after this game as well, with only goalkeeper Willy Caballero taking to Instagram to share his feelings with the followers:
Very disappointed to lose against Manchester United and get eliminatedof the cup. Now it's time to work harder than before. Jodido por perder contra el United y por quedar afuera de la Copa. Ahora a seguir trabajando más fuerte que antes para que los buenos resultados lleguen #amoestavidanoquierootra #ilovethislife #cmoncity #eflcup
Pep Guardiola spoke after the game, and he was in a positive mood, proud of the players' performances, especially the youngsters, but he did expect a better game from his side, and pointed out that the reason for City's loss was the inability to make precise passes in the final third.
"Aleix was outstanding – Pablo Maffeo as well, fighting with [Marcus] Rashford and [Paul] Pogba. We made a good performance, so there’s no regrets. We were still fighting until the last minute.
"We are a young team. Kelechi is 20, Leroy 20, Pablo 19 - it is a good experience for them. Fernando played amazing and helped the other ones.
"Yeah, it’s six games – not a good situation – but we are out of one competition, we have three still. We are going to see. I'm happy with the players and we are going to try in the future.
"At that level, you have to be precise. We had many opportunities to make the last pass but we didn’t finish and that’s why we didn’t win."
Gaël Clichy, who had a good game, spoke to the media as well, and he doesn't seem to be worried about the bad run of results (six without a win). According to the French full-back, City are playing good football, and once luck goes back to their side, the wins will come again.
He also calmed down City fans who thought Vincent Kompany was injured, since the captain played 45 minutes and didn't come back after halftime:
“Vinnie is a massive player for us. There's nothing to be worried about. He's been out for quite some time and he played 80 minutes three days ago. He was sensible in not getting injured again.
“When you lose a player like this, you have to adjust but we have enough quality to still play a good game. He did okay and he is not injured so that is the main thing.
“We gave everything and at the moment, we are not getting what we deserve. They had one or two chances during the game - they scored one of them. After this, it is difficult. They are strong. We tried to play the way we want to play. If we are a bit more clinical playing forward and more compact as a team, maybe we can do better.
“Lately, the results and the points are not on board. We have to keep working and we're sure we're going to get there.
"We did quite a lot of things right. Sometimes, you have times where you give 100% but you need to give 110% because luck is not on your side.
"We're doing well apart from the results but we just need to work a little bit and I'm sure we'll get there.”