The first-leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final between the two Manchester clubs takes place on Tuesday night at Old Trafford with Leicester or Aston Villa lying in wait in the first major cup final of the decade.
Manchester United stunned the Etihad with a brilliant counter attacking display in a 2-1 win last month but being the home side this time around will be expected to show a bit more on the front foot.
While both sides have used this competition as an opportunity to rotate their squads, if you are to compare the most recent starting XI’s fielded in this cup by both clubs then there is no doubt it is Ole Gunnar Solskjær that has fielded the more experienced team, a clear sign the seemingly always under-fire United boss has targeted this trophy from the get-go.
With the Premier League title seemingly as good as gone for City and the likes of Kyle Walker, Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus and Riyad Mahrez all rested for the weekend win over Port Vale it looks a certainty Pep Guardiola will be calling upon his stars to send the “Citizens” on their way to yet another Wembley final.
Aside from the second-half meltdown against a very good Wolverhampton Wanderers side a few weeks ago, Manchester City arrive into this latest derby in good form with 7 wins in their last 8 games in all competitions.
Manchester United will be seeking a first win in three games, losing 2-0 to Arsenal on New Years Day before failing to register as much as a shot on target during the drab scoreless draw with Wolves in the FA Cup on Saturday.
Marcus Rashford absolutely ran the show in the 2-1 win against City recently and started on the bench against Wolves which indicates his manager knows the problems he can pose against a very average City back-four (as demonstrated by Port Vale’s Tom Pope).
At the other end of the park City are still at their brilliant best with 12 goals in their last 4 matches and they haven’t failed to score in a game since October.
Piece it all together and City to win and both teams to score looks the bet here at 11/5.