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Rashford: We're still in the tie

8 January 2020

Marcus Rashford says he and his Manchester United team-mates were left disappointed by Tuesday evening's Carabao Cup Semi-Final first-leg defeat to Manchester City, but are still in with a chance of reaching the Final.

The Citizens built a healthy lead ahead of the second leg at the Etihad Stadium on 29 January, running out 3-1 winners on the night at Old Trafford, courtesy of efforts from Bernardo Silva and Riyad Mahrez, and an own goal from United's Andreas Pereira.

Rashford - captaining the Reds on his 199th appearance for the club - gave Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side a glimmer of hope by finding the net in the second half, but was left to reflect on what was a tough result to take.

"It's obviously disappointing to lose the game," he told the club's TV channel.

"The first half was nowhere near good enough but the second half was more like ourselves. Today, we weren't good enough to win the game.

"It's obviously a nice feeling [to wear the armband], but it's the result that matters and we didn't get the win today. We'll look ahead to the next game and try to put this one behind us.

"For me, it's not my goal [that gives us hope]. I think David [De Gea] made a few world-class saves and that's the reason we're still in the tie. We have to understand that, and know what we have to improve on.

"Maybe we need to adapt a bit on the pitch and try to control the game more. We expect more from ourseleves."

The second Semi-Final sees Leicester City take on Aston Villa on Wednesday 8 January (kick-off 8pm), with coverage available via @Carabao_Cup on Twitter and @TheCarabaoCup on Instagram.

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