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  • Korey Smith nets in the 93rd minute winner for Bristol City.
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Korey Smith sends Bristol City through to the semi-final.

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The pitch has been engulfed by supporters, ruining the evening for the players who now have to celebrate in the tunnel rather than on the turf.

That brings an end to our live coverage of this game. But head over to our live blog of the semi-final draw, which is set to start imminently.

Full-time: Bristol City 2-1 Manchester United

Jose Mourinho beaten in the League Cup time for the first time in 90 minutes. Bristol City reach the last four of the Carabao Cup and knock-out a fourth Premier League side in this competition. Korey Smith got the goal and take nothing away from the Robins, they took the game to Manchester United and are deserved winners.

GOAL! Bristol City 2-1 Manchester United

Ashton Gate has taken off. The Championship side are ahead in the final minute as Korey Smith brings the ball down and slides it past Sergio Romero. Is there time for a comeback?

Three added minutes.

Paul Pogba in the book for descent towards the referee Mike Dean, after a foul on Romelu Lukaku as United looked to break. Into the final minute at Ashton Gate.

Pick a winner from here. United look the more likely at the moment, but Bristol City's legs are still there and they have given the holders plenty of problems when they have thrown players forward.

Luke Steele keeps Lukaku at bay for a third time. The chance looks to have gone but the Belgian sorts out his footing and his low shot is turned away at the past by the stopper.

Will we get a winner here? Both teams pushing hard to ensure there is not another 30 minutes. Romero has turn Pack's cross over the bar. The home side are not done.

Jamie Paterson with the hosts' best chance since being pegged back. He beats Darmian with ease but can't find the target from 15 yards. Really should have tested Romero.

Luke Steele winning the head-to-head battle with Romelu Lukaku and he pulls off a fine sprawling save to keep out the Belgian's header. United really pushing hard here as we enter the final 15 minutes.

Niclas Eliasson on for Josh Brownhill, who appeared to be limping. More fresh legs for Bristol City and you feel they may need it.

Yellow card for Marcus Rashford a late challenge on Joe Bryan, who had earlier disposed him when he went clean through on goal.

Luke Steele denies his former club, diving down to his left to keep out Lukaku's shot from the edge of the box.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates drawing Manchester United level.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic
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Joe Bryan hammers Bristol City into the lead.

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Mkhitaryan on for Ibrahimovic who lasts 69 minutes on his first start for eight months. Bristol City make a change too with Hordur Magnusson replaced by Matty Taylor.

This stat in some doubt tonight. Quarter of the game to go.

Bristol Citiy so close to re-taking the lead. Aden Flint beats Sergio Romero to a long throw and with the Argentine out of his goal and the net waiting to bulge, his header drifts wide.

United have not improved much since the equaliser and they call on Henrikh Mkhitaryan to see them through. He has not played in eight of the last nine games.

No doubt Mourinho's change reflects not only how well Bristol City have played bit also that he wants this tie done tonight. He doesn't want extra time, with Leicester to come on Saturday.

Romelu Lukaku still coming on for United, replacing Daley Blind. United going for it in the last 30 minutes.

GOAL! Bristol City 1-1 Manchester United (Zlatan Ibrahimovic)

The Robins were ahead for around six minutes. Paul Pogba wins a free-kick on the edge of the box and Ibrahimovic pulls rank, and as well he might as he thumps the ball into the far corner through a thread-bare Bristol City wall. Luke Steele has no chance.

Joe Bryan almost makes it two as Reid dummies the ball on the edge of the United box and it falls to the full-back but with his weaker right foot he can't test Romero and he makes an easy save.

And here is the much-anticipated GIF to accompany the goal.

GOAL! Bristol City 1-0 Manchester United (Joe Bryan)

That is an absolute howitzer. Bristol City take a deserved with a flowing move started and finished off by Joe Bryan, who thrashes the ball past Sergio Romero from the angle, finding the top corner with aplomb. Wonderful, wonderful finish.

Bobby Reid has hit first effort in anger tonight, finding the side-netting from a tight angle. Romero had that covered but he has been warned.

Rashford with a deflected free-kick which takes a wicket deflection of Korey Smith and forces Steele into a really decent low save to claw the ball behind.

First yellow card comes in the second minute after the break as Jamie Paterson is cautioned for a foul on Paul Pogba.

Marcus Rashford come closest to breaking the deadlock in the first half.

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Players back out for the second half at Ashton Gate. Will we get a goal? Another night of extra time and penalties will play havoc with my hopes of some very late night Christmas shopping. Just saying.

Back under way in Somerset.

Lee Johnson has enjoyed his day out against Jose Mourinho and co.

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Half time: Bristol City 0-0 Manchester United

Goalless at the break at Ashton Gate. The visitors and holders have hit the woodwork twice through Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcus Rashford but otherwise Bristol City have been more than competitive, and have dominated possession. Lee Johnson will be delighted thus far, but doubt either he or his counterpart Jose Mourinho want extra-time.

Daley Blind surely prevents Bristol City from taking the lead. It was Korey Smith who was released in the box and just as he was about to pull the trigger the Dutchman got back and hooked the ball away. The midfielder's eyes lite up there.

Ibrahimovic has been somewhat quiet in this first half but now he springs into action, having his shot in the area blocked before United force a corner. From which the Swede has a decent chance, volleying over from eight yards unmarked. Not a bad chance for the visitors based on the last 15 minutes or so.

Sergio Romero's gloves stung by Horour Magnusson with a rasping 25-yard drive after United fail to clear their lines. Bristol City started slowly but they've really come into this game in the last 10 minutes or so.

Ball in the net at Ashton Gate. Aden Flint wheels away but there is a clear foul on Sergio Romero as he prepares to throw the ball out. Mike Dean gives the Bristol City celebrations short shift.

Paul Pogba holds off Marlon Pack.

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Another effort from range for United as they continue to get in-between the lines of the City back-line. Pogba is the latest to march through but he curls wide from 25 yards.

AGAINST THE POST! The frame of the goal saves Bristol City. Rashford creates a good amount of room on the edge of the box and beats Steele, but strikes the inside of the post. The ball evades Ibrahimovic and Martial who were following up.

Bristol City have garnered a reputation as set-piece specialists; but there is nothing special about their latest effort. The ball is teed up for Bryan, who lashes over from 25 yards. Sergio Romero untroubled.

Anthony Martial beats Bailey Wright on the left but his shot from range is blocked. Scott McTominay's follow-up is no better, as he lashes over.

Jose Mourinho keeping a close on proceedings at Ashton Gate.

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Back to events the other side of the Severn Bridge and United hit the woodwork with their first proper attack. Martial's cross-field pass finds Ibrahimovic who peels away and his volley deflects off Flint and onto the bar. Bristol City survive.


Paul Clement sacked as Swansea City manager. More on that story as we get it.

Paul Pogba back in the Manchester United team tonight and he is pick-pocketed by Marlon Pack and the Frenchman has no choice but to bring him down 30 yards from goal.

Under way at a roaring Ashton Gate.

Players out at Ashton Gate ahead of kick-off. Really good noise at the newly-renovated stadium, which is expecting a record attendance tonight. Kick-off fast approaching.

Jose Mourinho is loving being the centre of attention tonight. He has already been photographed with Lee Johnson ahead of kick-off and now is mingling with the club's mascots, signing boots and high-fiving youngsters. His mood might change if the result goes against his side however.

Bristol City have taken social media by storm this season with a series of GIFs which accompany updates of goals on their Twitter account. Players have recorded individual celebrations which are posted as and when goals are scored by the Robins. Will we see any like this from Joe Bryan tonight?

Lee Johnson on Sky Sports: "I am delighted for for the supporters and the players because they worked really hard to get here. The fans have not had a game like this at Ashton Gate for a long, long time. We have got a few injuries and bright group. We have some busy footballers out of the pitch. The team which Jose has picked is very strong. We need every man to play to his maximum. We know where to get runners into but we'll push them really hard."

Jose Mourinho on Sky Sports: "We are the holders, but I am not sure we are the favourites. They have knocked out three Premier League teams. They played at home, they have that extra motivation. They are going to fight for the result. We are going to do the same.

"Since 2004 I am used to cup matches and playing against Championship teams, especially from a team who is third in the league where the quality if growing up and up. Championship teams not are not just competitive they have lots of quality and very similar to some of the Premier League teams. I known we are gong to face a difficult opponent."

I don't imagine it will be a happy Christmas in the Mkhitaryan household. The Armenian is close to becoming surplus to requirements at Old Trafford and has now been left out of a matchdy squad for the ninth time in 10 games.

A January departure is surely inevitable for a player Jose Mourinho has previously described as not good enough for the bench. He is named among the substitutes tonight, but if he can't make the first team for United's second string, he must surely be facing the exit door.

Big night for Zlatan Ibrahimovic as he returns to the Manchester United team for the first time from the start since April. Not a bad man to call upon for your second string.

Unbelievably Bristol City and United have not played each other for 37 years and you have to go back even longer to find the last cup fixture between the two. That came way back in 1909 when United prevailed 1-0.

The west country outfit have won on 10 of the 35 occasions the pair have squared off, the last win coming in 1978. Joe Jordan and Lou Macari were in the United team that day.

The atmosphere is building outside Ashton Gate.

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Just one change for the Robins and Luke Steele - a former United goalkeeper of course - coming in for Frank Fielding. Lee Johnson's injury list prohibits him from making any further changes.

And now for the Bristol City bench.

Ten changes for Manchester United from the win at West Brom. Marcus Rashford is the only player retained from the 2-1 success at The Hawthorns.

The headlines are there is a first start in eight months for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who captains the side tonight. Paul Pogba returns from suspension while there is also a start for Luke Shaw. Henrikh Mkhitaryan is only on the bench alongside Romelu Lukaku.

The Manchester United team is in an hour before kick-off.

Just to underline how highly Lee Johnson is thought of in these parts, here is the cover of the match programme ahead of tonight's game. Some sort of Marvel meets Star Wars, good versus evil scenario being played out here. Not sure Jose will be happy.

Bristol City vs Manchester United match programme

Naturally there has been plenty of attention on Robins boss Lee Johnson ahead of this game. Son of Gary - the former Yeovil Town boss - the 36-year-old is making a name for himself in the Championship due to his swagger on the touchline and his team's impressive campaign near the summit of the table.

He hopes to woo Jose Mourinho tonight not only with his team's display but also with a purported £450m bottle of red wine. But it remains to be seen whether he will be toasting victory, or merely drowning his sorrows.

The game at Ashton Gate is one of two Carabao Cup last eight ties.

Arsenal and Manchester City went through on Tuesday, and tonight is the turn of Chelsea and Bournemouth to scrap it out for one of the final two berths. You can follow all the action here throughout the night.

The holders have arrived in the west country. The intended to fly directly from Manchester but were diverted to Cardiff, meaning they are slightly behind schedule.

The stage is set at a newly-renovated Ashton Gate.

Bristol City vs Manchester United
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So as we wait for the teams how might both sides line up?

Bristol City are without seven recognised first team players. Gary O'Neil, Famara Diedhiou, Jens Hegeler, Ivan Lucic (all knee), Eros Pisano (hamstring) and Callum O'Dowda are all out while Milan Djuric is having surgery on a groin problem.

Manchester United are without Michael Carrick, Antonio Valencia and Marouane Fellaini, while Eric Bailly is out until the New Year. Paul Pogba is available after suspension and Henrikh Mkhitaryan could return. David de Gea, Ashley Young, Phil Jones and Nemanja Matic are expected to be rested.

No doubt the stand-out tie of the last eight of the Carabao Cup comes tonight from Ashton Gate as Championship high-flyers Bristol City welcome holders Manchester United to the west country.

The Robins are third in the second tier and are hunting down promotion to the Premier League under ambitious and enterprising manager Lee Johnson, who will rival his opposite number Lee Johnson in the overcoat and wine stakes tonight.

With United all-but out of the title race, a trophy will be regarded as a positive in a campaign which Manchester City are threatening to dominate. Mourinho will become the most successful manager in League Cup history if he can win the competition for a fifth time this season, going above Brian Clough and Sir Alex Ferguson in the process.

All the build-up and team news ahead of the 8pm kick-off on the way. The tie must be decided tonight so we'll be here with you right through to the death, which may even include another dreaded penalty shoot-out.