Edinson Cavani scored a crucial late goal to send Manchester United into the English League Cup semi-finals and a rematch with fierce rival Manchester City.
Anthony Martial then added a second goal in the sixth minute of stoppage time with virtually the last kick of the game at Goodison Park to seal United’s place in the one-legged semi-finals, where the team was drawn at home to defending champion City in a repeat of the derby meeting from the same stage last season.
Tottenham’s kind reward for beating Stoke 3-1 in the other quarter-final match on Wednesday was a home game against another second-tier opponent, Brentford, in the last four. The semi-finals will take place in the week beginning January. 4, with the final at Wembley Stadium having been pushed back to April.
United reached the semi-finals of three competitions last season — the League Cup, the FA Cup and the Europa League — and lost them all.
Now, Solskjaer’s side has the chance to end City’s three-year hold on the trophy and move in sight of its first piece of silverware under the Norwegian manager.
“It’s the worst game to lose, a semi-final,” Solskjaer said. “At least when you get to a final, you get that feeling, the build-up.