United kept a fifth clean sheet in succession and lifted a second trophy in a matter of weeks after winning the national prize by defeating Aston Villa on penalties last week.
The Reds were the better side in the first half with Robbie Brady prominent in terms of efforts on goal. The Republic of Ireland youngster fired wide after a neat move culminating in a Will Keane pass and miscued a driven cross by Davide Petrucci. After Denis Suarez’s attempt for City cleared the bar, Brady’s free-kick forced a sprawling save out of Eirik Johansen and the former Hull City loanee then lifted a shot over the top.
So it was no surprise when United broke through on 27 minutes. Petrucci’s through ball released Will Keane and Johansen was unable to keep out the top scorer’s shot, with the ball squirting under his dive and into the net.
Gai Assulin caused a rare moment of discomfort when he tricked his way past Marnick Vermijl but the ball deflected off Michael Keane to Ben Amos. Most of the action was at the other end with Jesse Lingard flashing a volley wide following some majestic play by the excellent Petrucci. Lingard was then frustrated at what looked to be a harsh flag for offside when he would have been clear on goal.
The Barclays Premier Reserves League champions were quick out of the blocks in the second half with Lingard volleying just wide after Petrucci spotted a bold run forward by Vermijl. Another move of real quality should have doubled the lead but Paul Pogba could only find Johansen's legs with his finish following impressive work by Will Keane. Another exquisite build-up led to