Manchester United reached the League Cup final on Tuesday with a 4-2 win over Derby County at Old Trafford to overturn a shock 1-0 defeat in first leg.
The Premier League champions cruised into a 3-0 halftime lead with goals from Nani, John O’Shea and Carlos Tevez but had to withstand a spirited second-half fightback from the Championship (second division) strugglers.
Derby substitute Giles Barnes slotted home a penalty with 10 minutes remaining to give Derby hope of forcing extra time only for Cristiano Ronaldo to restore United’s cushion. Barnes set up an anxious finale with a stoppage time free-kick.
United, who have reached the final for the seventh time, will face either Premier League Tottenham Hotspur or Championship side Burnley in the Wembley final. Tottenham won the first leg 4-1 at home.
Tevez nodded in a Rafael cross to leave Derby's players looking crestfallen and United could have been further ahead before the halftime whistle.
Derby improved after the break and carved out several decent chances before Paul Green had his ankles clipped in the penalty area by United defender Jonny Evans and Barnes beat reserve keeper Ben Foster from the spot.
Ronaldo, who started on the bench, slotted a penalty past Carroll soon afterwards following a foul by Carroll on Tevez. Derby were rewarded for their effort again when Barnes squeezed a free kick inside Foster's near post but United held on.
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Chhetri gets leave
Kolkata: Sunil Chhetri sought and got one week's leave from East Bengal to go to Coventry City later in the week. A club official said the India striker has been granted leave without pay from January 25-31.
“We expect him back latest by February 1 and any date later will mean a further deduction in wages,” the official said.