Manchester City will seek to keep their outstanding League Cup run going when they head to Old Trafford on Wednesday night. City face Manchester United in the semi-final, as they did last year, but this time it’s just a one-game event rather than the two legs of usual years. Pep Guardiola’s team have won the last three Carabo Cup finals and four of the last five – with United the victors in the other season.
This will be the first game United have played at home in the Carabao Cup this term, though it was away to City when they won the second leg by a goal to nil at this stage last year – but still went out on aggregate.
Both managers are expected to go with strong line-ups as they attempt to reach the final, though both sides could also have second-choice goalkeepers in place due to United’s rotation and Ederson’s unavailability.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the match.
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The game will kick-off at 7:45pm on Wednesday, 6 January 2021 at Old Trafford.
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Manchester United have Victor Lindelof as the only first-team injury doubt. Edinson Cavani is still suspended. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have to decide how many of his regular starters to go with in the cup, where the likes of Dean Henderson have been playing.
For City, five players will be missing due to Covid-19, including Ederson, Kyle Walker and Gabriel Jesus. Nathan Ake is a doubt and Pep Guardiola will have to see who is fit to play after facing Chelsea on Sunday.
MUN: Henderson; Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, McTominay; Rashford, Fernandes, Pogba; Martial
MCI: Steffen; Cancelo, Stones, Dias, Mendy; Fernandinho, Gundogan; Sterling, De Bruyne, Foden; Aguero
It’s not the biggest competition for either club, but City have a proud recent record in the League Cup and United are trying to reestablish themselves as one of the top teams in the country, so this could have more riding on it than usual. City’s upturn in form, then, comes at the perfect time for this semi-final. Man United 1-2 Man City