Football: United edge past spirited Hull to reach League Cup final

Manchester United's English striker Wayne Rooney runs with the ball during the EFL (English Football League) Cup football match between Hull City and Manchester United on Jan 26, 2017.
Manchester United's English striker Wayne Rooney runs with the ball during the EFL (English Football League) Cup football match between Hull City and Manchester United on Jan 26, 2017.PHOTO: AFP

(REUTERS) - Manchester United reached the League Cup final but were made to sweat as Hull City won the second leg of their last-four encounter 2-1 on Thursday (Jan 26) to come within one goal of forcing extra time.

Hull's Oumar Niasse scored in the 85th minute to reduce the aggregate deficit to 3-2, but there was to be no fairytale comeback for the Premier League relegation strugglers who were spirited in their efforts to overturn their 2-0 first-leg defeat.

Tom Huddlestone had put the hosts ahead after 35 minutes from the penalty spot, but they were unable to turn the screw and allowed a much-improved United to claw their way back into the match after the break when Paul Pogba stabbed home an equaliser.

Niasse steered home a David Meyler cross from close range but Jose Mourinho's side held on to set up a clash against Southampton in the final at Wembley on Feb. 26 after the Saints upset Liverpool on Wednesday at Anfield.