The second semi-final of the EFL Cup will take place at Old Trafford, and we have a city derby between the Red Devils and Citizens. The winner of this clash will battle Tottenham Hotspur in the final at Wembley, so check out our Manchester United vs Manchester City Preview.
Manchester United Recent Form & Team News
Manchester United are coming into this derby hopeful to end a semi-final jinx. Namely, the Red Devils were knocked out from all three semi-finals they appeared in last season, including the EFL Cup loss to Manchester City. On the other hand, the Citizens have a different motive, as they pursue a fourth consecutive EFL Cup, which would be their eighth. Liverpool hold the record with eight trophies in this competition.
United are in the best form in the Premier League at the moment (W8, D2), and recorded three victories without conceding a goal in the EFL Cup this season. They are in a solid position to improve their all-time record over City in this 184th derby (W76, D53, L54).
Player to watch: Bruno Fernandes netted after halftime in three of United’s previous five matches.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be without Edinson Cavani (suspension), Phil Jones (knee), and Marcos Rojo (calf).
Manchester City Recent Form & Team News
Manchester United allowed only once before halftime in their last seven PL matches at Old Trafford, including a 0-0 in the previous derby. In other words, you can expect a potential close encounter. However, the hosts will take a City side that is starting to find its rhythm. Manchester City scored the opening goal in the first 30 minutes in all five games since that goalless derby (W4, D1). That’s exactly what they did in the EFL Cup semis at Old Trafford last season.
Even though they are weakened due to Covid-19 cases, City visit this venue unbeaten in six games on the road (W4, D2). The Citizens haven’t lost an EFL Cup away match since October 2016 – a 1-0 loss to United. The opening goal will probably be vital here again, particularly as the team that’s scored first is without a loss any of City’s previous 22 road matches in domestic competitions.
Player to watch: Phil Foden scored in three of his last four starts away from home, twice in the opening 45 minutes.
Hot stat: The away team on the day won six of the previous nine Manchester derbies.
Pep Guardiola cannot count on Ederson, Gabriel Jesus, Eric Garcia, Kyle Walker, and Ferran Torres, who are all ill. Aymeric Laporte (thigh) is also out, while Nathan Ake (muscle) is questionable.
Hopefully this Manchester United vs Manchester City Preview will help you in making a prediction. Check out our Premier League section for more previews and news from England.