Manchester United vs Manchester City
England – Carabao Cup
Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Old Trafford (Manchester).
This has been a very tricky tie to predict in recent years, even when it has clearly been City who are in the ascendancy. The Citizens have dominated England, largely, but they have often ran into hardship with United. Moving across town doesn’t seem to really matter in this tie, so the ‘away’ side can’t be discounted. While United have had their share of ups this term, it’s just difficult to fully trust them and select them as winners.
Manchester United vs Manchester City Head-to-head (h2h)
- Four of the last five matches ended in wins for the teams on the road.
- Four of the last five games also had goals from both teams.
- Six of the previous nine wins at this venue went to the Citizens.
- In the last ten encounters at this stadium, City scored two or more goals seven times, while United could do the feat just twice in the same period.
Manchester United Team News, Updates and Facts
Man Utd Team News
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is missing center midfielders Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay and defender Tim Fosu-Mensah due to injuries.
Man Utd Key Man
Through the EFL Cup so far, Marcus Rashford has carried United, and you’d have to expect that to keep up here if they are to progress. He has three goals in the competition and has failed to find the back of the net in his last two appearances, suggesting he might be set to break out again here. In goal, it’ll be interesting to see how David de Gea gets on. He’s had one or two big errors recently, and that could just put a ton of pressure on him to come up big in this particular fixture.
Man Utd Team Form
Manchester United have a draw, two losses, and two wins in their last five matches:
0-0 draw at Wolves (FA Cup)
2-0 loss at Arsenal
0-2 win at Burnley
4-1 home win vs Newcastle
2-0 loss at Watford
Man Utd Predicted Starting Line up
Expected Line up: 4-2-3-1
Manchester United likely XI
- Goalkeeper:de Gea
- Defenders:Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw
- Defensive Midfielders:Fred, Matic
- Attacking Midfielders:James, Greenwood, Rashford
Manchester City Team News, Updates and Facts
Man City Team News
Pep Guardiola has injuries that are still keeping winger Leroy Sane and center back Aymeric Laporte out, but the latter will return soon, much to their delight.
Man City Key Man
City probably need to take this very seriously, so the chances of Kevin De Bruyne featuring have to be pretty high. The Belgian is on his way to history in the Premier League with his assists rate, and he will be instrumental in their ability to threaten the Red Devils here. Up front, Raheem Sterling will have plenty of freshness about him, giving United a ton to think about. His pace and goal scoring nature will each be tough to deal with, and he might just prove to be the ultimate difference maker.
Man City Team Form
Manchester City have four wins and a loss in their last five matches:
4-1 home win vs Port Vale (FA Cup)
2-1 home win vs Everton
2-0 home win vs Sheffield United
3-2 loss at Wolves
3-1 home win vs Leicester
Manchester City Predicted Starting Line up
Expected Line up: 5-3-2
Manchester City likely XI
- Defenders:Walker, Garcia, Otamendi, Fernandinho, Mendy
- Midfielders:De Bruyne, Rodri, Mahrez
- Forwards:Jesus, Sterling