Juan Mata’s second-half strike earned Manchester United a 1-0 win over Manchester City on Wednesday as Jose Mourinho’s side bounced back to reach the English Football League Cup quarter-finals.
Manchester City's Italian striker Mario Balotelli (L) scores the opening goal past Manchester United's Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea (R) during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford in Manchester, north-west England on October 23, 2011. AFP PHOTO
Humiliated 4-0 by Mourinho’s former club Chelsea at the weekend, United got back to winning ways and claimed a measure of revenge for their 2-1 defeat by Pep Guardiola’s City in last month’s league derby.
The result at Old Trafford gave Mourinho only his third victory in 13 encounters with Guardiola, who has gone six games without victory for the first time in his glittering managerial career.