The two most in-form teams in the Premier League turn their attention to the EFL Cup on Wednesday night as Manchester United host Manchester City in a mouth-watering derby at Old Trafford.
Manchester United have hit some fine form of late, brushing aside the criticism that was leveled at them earlier in the season. After their victory over Aston Villa on Friday evening, the Red Devils sit in second place in the table behind rivals Liverpool on goal difference alone.
That win over the Villains took United’s unbeaten run to seven games, a run that started with a goalless draw against Manchester City in the Premier League last month. Having improved performances and results in the last few weeks, can Ole Gunnar Solskjaer now go one step closer to securing his first silverware as Manchester United boss?
It’ll be a tough ask for the Norwegian in all honesty, as City have improved dramatically of late also. A terrific performance in a 1-3 win over Chelsea on Sunday extended the Blues’ own undefeated run to 11 games in all competitions and took them to within touching distance of the top four in the Premier League.
What’s more, Pep Guardiola has enjoyed something of a love affair with this competition in recent years, winning the trophy in the last three consecutive seasons, before going on to claim the Premier League trophy to boot in two of those three seasons. Will that love affair continue tonight?
🔑 Key stats
- Manchester United and Manchester City have squared off nine times in the League Cup in the past, with both teams coming out on top on four occasions each (D1).
- Their latest meeting in the competition came in the semi-finals of last season. Manchester City qualified to the finals 3-2 on aggregate after having won the first leg 3-1 at Old Trafford before losing 1-0 at the Etihad in the second leg.
- Manchester United have won three of their last four contests against Manchester City in the League Cup, keeping two clean sheets in the process.
- In six meetings against Pep Guardiola in all competitions, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has won three and drawn one (L2).
- Heading into Wednesday’s game Manchester United are without a defeat in their last seven games in all competitions (W5 D2). Manchester City, on the other hand, are on an eleven-game unbeaten streak in all competitions (W8 D3).
🔮 EFL Cup SF predicted XIs
🔴 United (4-1-2-1-2):
Henderson; Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Maguire, Shaw; McTominay; Fred, Pogba; Fernandes; Martial, Rashford
🌃 City (4-2-3-1):
Steffen; Cancelo, Dias, Stones, Mendy; Fernandinho, Gundogan; Mahrez, De Bruyne, Foden; Sterling
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