John Stones eased in Phil Foden’s free-kick to give Pep Guardiola’s side the lead early in the second half and Fernandinho nailed in a 20-yard volley to confirm a deserved victory.
A minute’s silence was held before kick-off in memory of Colin Bell, who passed away on Tuesday, and City’s dominant performance was a great tribute to a man widely regarded as one of the greatest players in the Club’s history.
On to the reaction-
Pep Guardiola Reaction
“Ruben lives with football 24 hours and he is giving us something special,” declared the City boss.
“Congrats to Txiki and the club for bringing this player here because he will be outstanding for many years to come.”
“He came back and he make another outstanding performance - but the most important thing is he can do something he hasn’t been able to do - play four, five games in a row.
“This is important. He has to handle Rashford, who is dangerous and clever, and the quality of his passes to Joao were outstanding.
“All the team, Fernandinho, our captain, what performance again. Outstanding. All the players - Gundogan, Raheem, Phil...all the team.
“All credit (to John). Football is a long career - it is up and down, sometimes bad moments. We can help him but when someone plays like this, its credit to him. Hopefully he can continue in this way.”
“We never drop one game or one competition. We have to play well, like Colin Bell helped create this club,”
“It’s a big loss. Sad news. But we can continue and be proud of what these guys years ago did to create the Club.
“Colin Bell helps create this feeling - it’s fantastic. Today away at Old Trafford we played incredible football, we won and we go to Wembley again.
“It’s incredibly good to be back at Wembley to play the final.”
A performance and result for Colin Bell! Wembley here we come!! pic.twitter.com/ZewlMcZpi8— Phil Foden (@PhilFoden) January 6, 2021
Tickets to London, please! pic.twitter.com/3E3nzE8Fii— Kevin De Bruyne (@DeBruyneKev) January 6, 2021