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.
In league terms United slightly have the edge this season, sitting second in the table and four points clear of fifth-place City, but the latter have a game in hand and showed ominous signs of being back to their best in a weekend hammering of Chelsea. United picked up an important win of their own against Aston Villa, meanwhile, to keep pace with Liverpool at the top.
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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When is the match?
The game will kick-off at 7:45pm on Wednesday, 6 January 2021 at Old Trafford.
Where can I watch it?
The match will be shown live on Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Football, Sky Sports Ultra HD and streamed on the Sky Go app.
If you’re not a Sky customer you can grab a NOWTV Day Pass here to watch without a subscription.
What is the team news?
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.
Man Utd XI: Henderson, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, McTominay, Pogba, Fred, Fernandes, Rashford, Martial.
Man City XI: Steffen, Cancelo, Stones, Dias, Zinchenko, Fernandinho, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Mahrez, Foden, Sterling.
United - 45/17
Draw - 37/13
City - 13/12
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