SAN FRANCISCO, December 24, (THEWILL) – The draw for the next stages of the English Football League (EFL) Carabao Cup has placed one side of Manchester against the other with the promise of exciting football we look forward to. United will face City at Old Trafford in one part of the semi-finals of the 2020/21 61st season of the competition.
Organized by the EFL, the Carabao Cup is open to any football club within the top four levels of the English Football League system, comprising a total of 92 Premier League clubs and three divisions of the English Football League’s own league. competitions, namely Championship, League One and League Two.
First held in the 1960/1961 season as the Football League Cup, and today it is one of the three top domestic football competitions in England, which exist alongside the Premier League and the FA Cup. The winners win the EFL Cup and qualify for European football.
The draw that determined the next semi-finalists was made after the last game of this season’s quarterfinals in which United scored two late goals over Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial against Everton’s Carlo Ancelotti.
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The other parties in the semi-finals and who will be fighting for a place in the finals are Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur and the killer giants, EFL champions, Brentford FC.
Due to congestion of lighting fixtures caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the semifinals for this year have been reduced to one stage, winning matches. Again, to allow fans to attend the final live at Wembley Stadium, the final has been moved from its traditional end-February term to a new date on Sunday, April 25, 2021.
Having lost to eventual winners and defending champions Manchester City last term, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men have a chance to redeem themselves and promise to get that opportunity and ultimately win the competition to add the club’s five trophies so far.
He will also hope to end the firm and long-lasting hold of his neighbors ’trophies as the Etihad men have won the Cup three seasons in a row, the first of which was inherited by United in 2017.
In a pleasant way, City defeated Arsenal 4-1 on Tuesday to confirm their place in the semi-finals, while in the other quarterfinals of the Carabao Cup Brentford saw off another Premier League challenger with a wonderful 1-0 triumph at home to Newcastle United.
However, former Nigerian playmaker Mikel Obi from the Stoke City championship could not repeat the strength of Brentford and lost 3-1 to the guests Tottenham Hotspur.