United: Foster; Wootton, De Laet, Gill, Dudgeon; Stewart (Pogba 76), C Evans, Possebon, Norwood; Macheda (W Keane 58), Brandy (R Brown 81).
Subs not used: Devlin, Hussain.
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In the sides’ final group game, in which the winners were assured of a berth in the final against Bolton Wanderers, late goals from Robert Mak and Andrew Tutte ended United’s hopes of retaining the trophy for a third season in a row.
The Reds rarely showed the verve and composure that has characterised this season’s league championship win, and only a string of saves from Ben Foster kept City at bay until the final few minutes.
Alex Nimely’s powerful 25-yard shot was beaten away by Foster after nine minutes, although the England goalkeeper was fortunate to see his shanked clearance scuffed wide by the City striker shortly afterwards.
David Ball forced another smart stop from Foster with a 20-yard effort, before Abdisalam Ibrahim headed wastefully against the top of the United crossbar amid a goalmouth melee.
United’s play was unusually off-key in places, although Kiko Macheda’s superb through-ball almost released Joe Dudgeon, and a City clearance ricocheted off