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Preview: Manchester United vs Manchester City

Manchester United and Manchester City will lock horns with each other in a mouth-watering Carabao Cup semi-final at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

Both teams are currently in great form and will not want to squander this brilliant opportunity to secure a place in the final.  

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have now secured two consecutive league victories and are looking firm contenders for the Premier League title this season.

The Red Devils claimed a narrow 1-0 victory against Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolves last week before outclassing Aston Villa in a home match, with strikes from Anthony Martial and Bruno Fernandes helping them to a 2-1 win.

United are currently level on points with league leaders Liverpool who, after suffering two consecutive stalemates, were condemned to a 1-0 defeat at Southampton on Monday.

Meanwhile, their fierce rivals City are also looking very good at the moment, with Pep Guardiola’s side claiming four straight victories following their 1-1 draw against West Bromwich Albion.

The Cityzens claimed victories over Southampton, Arsenal and Newcastle United, but their biggest win came last week at Stamford Bridge where Ilkay Gundogan, Phil Foden, and Kevin De Bruyne all got on the scoresheet to win by a 3-1 scoreline against Chelsea.

The English top teams often make several changes in the Carabao Cup, but with both the two Manchester clubs facing not very tough opponents in their next matches, we could expect that the two managers will pick strong sides on Wednesday.

The coronavirus outbreak has severely limited the options for the Cityzens’ boss, with Ederson, Kyle Walker, Gabriel Jesus, Eric Garcia, Ferran Torres and Tommy Doyle all unlikely to be featured in the next derby due to COVID-19, while the availability of Jesus is also not certain.

As for the Norwegian boss, Edinson Cavani is still serving his three-match ban, while Victor Lindelof’s inclusion is also a doubt. Dean Henderson, who has made three appearances in the Premier League so far, is expected to replace David de Gea in goal.  

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