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League Cup 2016: Wednesday’s EFL Cup Scores, Results for Quarter-Final Ties

Manchester United and Southampton progressed to the semi-finals of the EFL Cup on Wednesday after beating West Ham United and Arsenal, respectively.

The Red Devils comprehensively outplayed the Hammers in a 4-1 win and were rewarded with a tie against Hull City in the final four, per BBC Sport.

Meanwhile, Southampton ended Arsenal’s 19-game unbeaten streak in all competitions with a 2-0 victory at the Emirates Stadium. They will face Liverpool in the next round, which will be played over two legs in the weeks of January 9 and 23.

Recap

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger named 10 changes to the side that beat Bournemouth on Sunday, and the players he brought in failed to take their chance to shine against a strong and resolute Southampton side.

Jordy Clasie handed Saints the lead after 13 minutes when he lashed home a powerful strike from the edge of the area.

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Ryan Bertrand doubled the visitors’ tally seven minutes before the break when he finished well after being picked out by Sofiane Boufal.

Bleacher Report UK’s James McNicholas was thoroughly unimpressed with the hosts’ effort:

Arsenal players dont look particularly bothered. Considering the senior pros out there, this has been dismal.

gunnerblog (@gunnerblog) November 30, 2016

The Gunners improved after the break but to no avail as they struggled to test Southampton’s organised defence.

Per OptaJoe, Arsenal’s exit at this stage of the competition is a familiar one:

1 – Arsenal have now progressed from just one of their last six League Cup quarter-finals. Exit.

OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 30, 2016

United made no mistake in their home quarter-final, however.

The Red Devils took the lead early on through Zlatan Ibrahimovic following some excellent work by Henrikh Mkhitaryan, per Sky Football:

WATCH: Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores early on for Man Utd and nearly injures himself doing it! Tune into SS1 now. https://t.co/Ursa1RVeB6

Sky Football (@SkyFootball) November 30, 2016

Jose Mourinho’s sideled by Mkhitaryan, Anthony Martial and the resurgent Wayne Rooneyattacked with verve and vigour but failed to take their chances with Adrian enjoying an outstanding performance in the West Ham goal.

The visitors then equalised against the run of play as Ashley Fletcher capitalised on a rare error from David De Gea:

What a story this is! Former Man Utd man Ashley Fletcher entertainment news yahoo strikes in front of the Stretford End. SS1 now. https://t.co/d2a25ePpJO

Sky Football (@SkyFootball) November 30, 2016

The match looked as though it was going in a similar direction to Sunday’s stalemate with the Hammers, with United dominating but showing their profligacy in front of goal, but Martial put them back in front minutes into the second period:

WATCH: Just the confidence boost he needed. Anthony Martial makes it Man Utd 2-1 West Ham. SS1 now. https://t.co/ubuI9lFZti

Sky Football (@SkyFootball) November 30, 2016

United sealed the win with further goals from Martial and Ibrahimovic, who tapped in excellent deliveries from Antonio Valencia and Ander Herrera, respectively, though Adrian was still able to frustrate the Swede with a top-notch save.

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The Red Devils should have more than enough about them to ensure passage to the final when they face Hull over two legs, particularly if they play as they did here.

As for Southampton, they face a difficult task against last season’s finalists Liverpool, but if they can claim a positive result in the first leg, they’ll have every chance of progressing themselves.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2679200-league-cup-2016-wednesdays-efl-cup-scores-results-for-quarter-final-ties

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