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Leicester whiff on chance to take Carabao Cup upper hand over Aston Villa

Kelechi Iheanacho's strike secures a 1-1 draw for Leicester City vs. Aston Villa. Watch the Carabao Cup on ESPN+.
Craig Burley and Ale Moreno are still backing Leicester City to advance despite key injuries in their squad.

Before the two Carabao Cup semifinals this week, it didn't feel as if there was a lot of tension about who would be meeting at Wembley in a few weeks. On Tuesday, Manchester City held up their side of the predictability bargain by handing United their behinds on a plate in a 3-1 win that wasn't nearly that close. On Wednesday, surely this season's thrilling surprise package Leicester would make short work of an injury-ravaged Aston Villa that is battling relegation.

Things didn't quite turn out...

Rashford says first half vs. Man City was not Man United standard

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Manchester United are still in their League Cup tie against Manchester City.
Craig Burley thinks getting rid of 'charlatan' players is a top priority at Old Trafford.
Manchester City beat rivals Manchester United 3-1 in the first leg at Old Trafford. Watch the Carabao Cup on ESPN+.

Marcus Rashford has said the dire first half performance during the defeat to Manchester City fell well short of the standards expected at Manchester United.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer branded the first 45 minutes of the 3-1 Carabao Cup semifinal first-leg defeat on Tuesday night as his worst of the season.

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Rashford pulled no punches either and promised a...


Why Leicester's Wilfred Ndidi, not Chelsea's N'Golo Kante, is the best ball-winner around

Despite rumours linking various players away from Leicester, Brendan Rodgers believes none of them will leave.
Chelsea's N'Golo Kante and Leicester City's Wifred Ndidi battle for the ball
Ndidi faced a Herculean task in replacing Kante as Leicester's ball-winning fulcrum. But he's doing it better than his predecessor in 2019-20.

There's a long list of anti-tackling propaganda out there. The legendary, blue-eyed, Italian defender Paolo Maldini famously said: "If I have to make a tackle, I've already made a mistake." If there's an heir to Maldini's on-field elegance, it's former Spain midfielder Xabi Alonso, who added a much longer entry to the 'ball-winning-is-bad' discourse.

"I don't think tackling is a quality," Alonso told Sid Lowe back in 2011. "It is a recurso: something you have to resort to, not a characteristic of...

Man City's De Bruyne on Man United hammering: We only needed 15 minutes of training

Craig Burley thinks getting rid of 'charlatan' players is a top priority at Old Trafford.
Manchester City beat rivals Manchester United 3-1 in the first leg at Old Trafford. Watch the Carabao Cup on ESPN+.

Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has said it took just 15 minutes of training to mastermind the win over Manchester United and suggested Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team had got off lightly by only losing 3-1. 

City took control of the Carabao Cup semifinal with a comprehensive victory in the first leg at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.

Boss Pep Guardiola sprung a surprise by leaving both Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus on the bench and playing without a recognised striker and De...