After both Manchester sides clinched their berth to the semifinals of the Capital One Cup draw, the draw decided to keep them apart in the round where the four best teams of the competition will meet.
Manchester City clinched their place for the semifinals after defeating Leicester City with ease on Tuesday while Manchester United passed the challenge of Stoke City under heavy rain earlier today.
The Red Devils will clash against a Sunderland team that stunned Chelsea yesterday with an injury time goal netted by Ki Sung-Yueng whilst The Citizens will have a tough draw against West Ham United. The Hammers eliminated Tottenham Hotspur today with two goals in the final 10 minutes of a match played at White Hart Lane.
The fact that the two Manchester sides will be kept apart in the semifinals will allow them to test their strength against complicated sides prior to the final. The next round of the competition will have two legs, and they will both be played during the month of January.
This tournament represents a major chance for both Manuel Pellegrini and David Moyes to win the first tournament with their new sides after arriving in the summer – Moyes already won the Community Shield so that’s his first silverware with United – and the expectation of most fans is to see a Manchester Derby in the final.
For that to happen, however, they will need to advance through the semifinals. They will surely be huge challenges for both Manchester sides, and the two teams will need to be at their best to advance to the final match to be held at Wembley Stadium.