We went into the second-leg of our Semi-final clash against Hull City in high spirits having won 2-0 in the reverse fixture at Old Trafford. With the strong side that Jose Mourinho put out for the match we would’ve expected to make it to Wembley very comfortably.
However, this was not the case. From the off Hull were the side that were more up for it, whilst we were looking sloppy and uninterested to a certain degree. We were made to rue our lacklustre start when Tom Huddlestone tucked away a penalty in the 35th minute, after Marcos Rojo was deemed to have brought down Harry Maguire, which seemed a very soft penalty.
We began the second half with a higher intensity and made much more progress in the Hull half. Marcus Rashford caused lots of problems for the Hull defence, and it was this that lead to the equaliser when he pressurised Hull’s defence to make a weak clearance which fell into the path of Paul Pogba, who slotted home for his 7th goal of the season.
Following this Rojo hit the bar with a header before the Tiger’s Oumar Niasse also struck the woodwork. Minutes later he then turned in David Meyler’s cross to set up a tense last few minutes. But we held out we a 2-1 defeat on the night, but a win on aggregate of 3-2 over the two legs.
A poor performance on the night, which meant losing our 17 match unbeaten streak, but the reward was a place in the EFL cup final at Wembley on February 26.