Manchester United v Manchester City in the League Cup semi-finals. If it is anywhere near as spectacular as the 2010 games, we are in for a treat.
The upcoming two legged tie promises to be a full blooded fixture, and our win at The Etihad a fortnight ago whets the appetite.
They are matches every United player will be desperate to play in, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have some tough selection choices to make.
United’s squad clearly needs strengthening and it would be great to bring in a player or two. The big fixtures can work in our favour.
This is not a United team going nowhere. This is a team on the up, and potential signings will want to be a part of it.
And who wouldn’t be excited about the chance to play in a two-legged Manchester derby in a semi-final and have a chance to lift a trophy a month later.
This can become a transfer asset for United, to tempt a player with. What better start than to become an instant hero and lift silverware early?
Erling Haaland is a potential game changer United want to sign. We will be a lot stronger heading into the semi-final with him in the line up.
The first game is on January 7, so United would have to get the deal done early, and the second on the 28th.
There are no cup-tied rules for players joining from foreign clubs, United just need to have the new additions registered with the FA in time 24 hours ahead of the game.
The City games are not the only big ones in January. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first visit to Anfield as manager awaits on January 19.
Beyond that there is obviously the Europa League last 32 to look forward to and a potential FA Cup run if we can come through our tough draw away at Wolves.
It is going to be a challenging start to 2020, but it is an exciting one. New signings should want to be a part of it.
United need winners, players with both talent and desire to be the best.
Potential signings with these attributes should be attracted by the big games and opportunity ahead, starting with the semi-finals.
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