EFL CUP PREVIEW: Manchester United vs. Manchester City

Match Build Up

You couldn’t ask for a better Carabao Cup semi-final matchup than a Manchester Derby and that is exactly what Wednesday will bring. Manchester United welcome City to Old Trafford, the winner going to the Finals of the Carabao Cup against either Tottenham or Brentford.

United head into this one on the back of five wins from our last six in all competitions since the league meeting on 12 December. City have won the last four in all competitions, including Sunday’s 3-1 victory at Stamford Bridge. The Blues haven’t lost any of their previous 10 and have scored nine in the last three games.

Opposition Watch

United is in the rare position that they have had five days to prepare for Wednesday’s game, two more than City, who played on Sunday.  City on the other hand hasn’t fared as well. Their recent preparations have been disrupted due to a coronavirus outbreak among the squad.

Ederson, Kyle Walker, Eric Garcia and Gabriel Jesus missed the recent game against Chelsea after contracting the virus, while there were also reports that Ferran Torres – who wasn’t included in the squad at the weekend – is currently self-isolating. With Nathan Ake and Aymeric Laporte also doubts through injury, Pep Guardiola’s squad has been stretched thin in recent weeks. 

Manchester United Team News

United have had an extra two days of rest prior to this game and that could afford them the luxury of naming as close to a full-strength team as possible. Victor Lindelof remains a doubt having missed the last two games with a back injury, while Edinson Cavani serves the final game of his three-match ban for a social media post that contained an allegedly discriminatory word.

Dean Henderson is expected to return in goal in place of David de Gea, while Solskjaer must also decide whether to bring the likes of Alex Telles, Mason Greenwood, Donny van de Beek and Juan Mata back into the side.

Manchester United possible starting lineup:

Henderson; Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Maguire, Shaw; McTominay, Fred, Pogba; Fernandes; Martial, Rashford

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