Manchester United will be forgiven for thinking that this season’s Carabao Cup represents a perfect opportunity to end a six-year trophy drought.

Following Manchester City’s shock quarter-final defeat to Southampton, the draw has really opened up for Erik ten Hag‘s side.

With the other semi-final consisting of Newcastle United, the Red Devils should fancy their chances of beating Nottingham Forest across the two-legs of the last-four and then going on to lift the trophy, which would be Ten Hag’s first piece of silverware since taking the reins.

Ahead of the Red Devils trip to the City Ground, United in Focus looks back at Manchester United’s last Carabao Cup semi-final XI.

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How did Manchester United line-up in their last Carabao Cup semi-final

The twenty-time league champions’ last run to the Carabao Cup semi-finals came during the 2020-21 campaign when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was in charge.

Having beaten Luton Town, Brighton & Hove Albion and Everton en-route to the last-four, without conceding a goal, Solskjaer’s side were drawn against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City who had won the competition three years in a row.

The 2020-21 Carabao Cup semi-finals, which were played behind closed doors, consisted of just one leg in order to ease fixture congestion caused by the delayed start to the season and the Covid pandemic.

United were beaten 2-0 at Old Trafford with John Stones and Fernandinho scoring the goals for the Citizens.

The Reds starting XI that day was: Henderson, Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Lindelof, Shaw, McTominay, Fred, Pogba, Fernandes, Rashford, Martial.

It was the second time in as many seasons that Solskjaer’s men had been thwarted by City in the semi-finals.

Of this XI, Only Paul Pogba has left the club permanently, with Dean Henderson out on loan at Forest, ineligible to play against the Red Devils.

With Guardiola’s side no longer in this year’s competition, Ten Hag has a great chance to lead United out at Wembley next month and get his tenure at the Theatre of Dreams off to the best possible start.

Manchester United haven’t reached the Carabao Cup final since 2017 when a Zlatan Ibrahimovic-inspired United dragged Jose Mourinho’s side past the Saints with a 3-2 win.

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