Predicted Manchester United XI v City
After beating City last month, Manchester United have to do it again. This time over two legs, with a Carabao Cup final place at stake.
United are still looking to score the team’s first goal in 2020 after two games without netting in a row.
Illness and injuries complicate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team selection heading into the tie.
There is a dilemma over who will start in goal for the fixture. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gave nothing away in his press conference.
Sergio Romero has been United’s cup goalkeeper through the competition so far, but this is a semi-final, against City.
It has to be tempting for Solskjaer to recall De Gea even though Romero played so well against Wolves days earlier.
We predict Romero will get the start but won’t be surprised if United’s number one is on the teamsheet either.
Picking the defence
We hope what we consider to be United’s best back four will start. Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelöf and Brandon Williams.
There are question marks over both Maguire and Williams for different reasons.
Maguire suffered an injury against Wolves but played through it. He will have to prove his fitness ahead of the game.
It is hard to see him sitting this one out. When the alternative is playing Phil Jones, due to other defensive injuries, Maguire’s fitness is important to United’s chances.
Brandon Williams proved his quality against Wolves, but has never started two games in a row for the first team.
Luke Shaw is one of the players battling illness, but he is in contention as is Ashley Young.
Midfield and attack
United’s midfield duo of Fred and Nemanja Matic picks itself, because there do not appear to be any credible alternatives.
Andreas Pereira should be United’s attacking midfielder. Jesse Lingard is battling illness and there is absolutely no need to rush him back, while Juan Mata offered nothing in the role on Saturday.
Marcus Rashford is the only one of United’s front three guaranteed to start.
Anthony Martial has to shake off illness or Greenwood will start, and if the Frenchman is fit, there is a straight choice between Greenwood and Dan James on the right.
Martial and Maguire winning their fitness battles is so important. We are going to take a leap of faith and forecast that they will.