– Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a nearly fully fit squad to select from when Man United battle rivals City during their Carabao Cup semi-final tie
– United will be looking to revenge against Pep Guardiola’s men who bundled them out of the competition at the same stage last season
– Winner of the fixture will take on Tottenham in the finals to be played at Wembley Stadium
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has no major squad concerns as Man United prepare to take on rivals City in their Carabao Cup semi-final on Wednesday night, January 6.
Apart from Edinson Cavani and long-term absentee Phil Jones, Solskjaer has an otherwise fully fit team to select from for the crunch clash.
Cavani is currently serving a three-match ban slapped on him by the FA for using a racist remark on Instagram back in December.
Given the significance of the tie, Solskjaer is expected to parade a strong side that can earn United a ticket to the finals.
David de Gea is in line to keep his place between the sticks, with Luke Shaw and Aaron Wan-Bissaka providing cover on either flank of the backline.
Harry Maguire is expected to take charge of the heart of defence alongside Eric Bailly who has enjoyed a resurgence since his return from injury.
Scott McTominay and Fred could be deployed in the midfield, with Bruno Fernandes keeping his place in the no.10 role.
Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial are set to lead the goal hunt.
United will be keen to break the semi-final jinx they experienced last season where they were bundled out of cup competitions in the last four stage.
City were responsible for dumping out the Red Devils’ from the Carabao Cup semis and went all the way to lift the title.
Winner between City and the Old Trafford dwellers will take on Tottenham Hotspur in the finals at Wembley.
Spurs booked a place in the finals after seeing off Brentford on Tuesday night, January 5.
Goals from Moussa Sissoko and Heung-Min Son in either half of the clash were enough to send Jose Mourinho’s men to the penultimate of the competition.
Manchester United possible starting lineup:
Henderson; Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Maguire, Shaw; McTominay, Fred, Pogba; Fernandes; Martial, Rashford
Manchester City possible starting lineup:
Steffen; Cancelo, Dias, Stones, Mendy; Fernandinho, Gundogan; Mahrez, De Bruyne, Foden; Aguero
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Kevin de Bruyne has rejected a new five-year contract at Man City that will see him earn lower than what he presently makes at the Etihad Sport Bible.
And it is understood that the Citizens are looking at the possibility of signing Lionel Messi in the summer and would want to have enough resources to fund the deal.
Reports claim the De Bruyne is frustrated with City’s first contract offer but Pep Guardiola has played down the rumours that he is unhappy at the club.
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