MUN vs MCI Dream11: Manchester United face neighbour Manchester City in the first leg of Carabao Cup semi-final match at Old Trafford as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to take one step towards winning his first trophy as a manager of his beloved club.
To do that, he needs to take a leaf out of his own book, from that page where he carved out the script for City's downfall in the Premier League not so long ago. It hasn't happened often if the last half a decade or so, that we say United outplayed City, with Ole outsmarting Pep Guardiola on that particular day as the Red Devils beat City 1-2 in their own backyard.
But this is not a one-off game, and United will have to be on the top of their game in both the legs to stand any chance of beating City.
Host: Manchester United
Visitors: Manchester City
Competition: Carabao Cup, Semi-Final Leg-1
Match Venue: Old Trafford
Match Timing: Wednesday, January 08, @01:30 AM
Dream11 Football Prediction – Odds checker:
Manchester United to win: 5.10 (41/10), Probability to happen: 19.61%
Manchester City to win: 1.61 (61/100), Probability to happen: 62.11%
Draw: 4.20 (16/5), Probability to happen: 23.81%
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Manchester United team news: Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gave the latest news about the team ahead of the huge Carabao Cup semi-final match against Manchester City.
Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial missed the FA Cup game against Wolverhampton Wanderers with illness and failed to confirm about the availability of the duo for this game.
Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay are unavailable due to injury, as well as Marcos Rojo, Axel Tuanzebe, eric Bailly and Timothy Fosu-Mensah.
Centre-back Harry Harry Maguire picked up a knock during the match at Molineaux Stadium and will be allowed to prove fitness.
“It is a bit early yet,” Ole on Maguire. “We are going to give him as much time as possible. He was hobbling about yesterday but there are still 36 hours to go, so we will just wait with all of them.”
Expect changes from United:
Fixtures are coming thick and fast for United and Ole will definitely look to rotate his side to keep legs fresh to meet the demand. Sergio Romero impressed and kept a clean sheet against Wolves, and is expected to start in goal.
If Maguire is not fit, Phil Jones could be used alongside Victor Lindelof at the back. Diogo Dalot came in as a second-half substitute and could get the start as a full-back.
In addition, Anthony Martial, who was allowed a rest at the weekend, and Marcus Rashford, who was benched at Wolves, are expected to start from the off. against City.
Manchester United key players:
Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Harry Maguire, and Fred
Manchester City team news: Injured have started to ease up on Manchester City and Pep Guardiola, with Leroy Sane the only player on their injury list ahead of this game. That said, centre-back Aymeric Laporte, who is back in training, is still a few weeks away from regaining full match fitness and will not be involved.
Expect City to return to full strength!
Pep Guardiola made a raft of changes for the FA Cup game against Port Vale, so expect the big guns to return for this game.
That said, Claudio Bravo will most likely keep his place at the goal. John Stones was a yard off his usual pace and maybe benched for this high-profile game, which means Fernandinho should have either Nicolas Otamendi or Eric Garcia alongside him at the back.
Rodri should form the base in the midfield, with David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne starting as a ling-up between the attack and midfield.
Sergio Aguero is expected to start the game, with Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling on either side of him in the attack.
Manchester United vs Manchester City predicted playing 11:
Manchester United: David De Gea (GK), Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelöf, Phil Jones / Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Ashley Young / Brandon Williams, Fred, Pereira, Daniel James, Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial
Manchester City: Claudio Bravo (GK), Kyle Walker, Fernandinho, Nicolas Otamendi, Zinchenko, Kevin De Bruyne, Rodri, Ilkay Gündogan, Riyad Mahrez, Sergio Agüero, Raheem Sterling
MUN vs MCI Dream11 teams: