Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are looking to dethrone the champions, who have lifted the trophy in four of the last six seasons including both of the last two.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side looked to possess turned a corner the last time they stood toe-to-toe with their neighbours,
serving up perhaps the foremost impressive win of the Norwegian’s reign in December once they left the Etihad Stadium with a 2-1 win.
It is the large games where we’ve consistently seen the simplest of United but will need to roll in the hay over two legs to halt City’s dominance of this competition.
City have won the League Cup in its various guises in four of the last six years including the last two.
Exactly one month will have passed since the 2 Manchester sides last duked it call at the Premier League, an encounter which saw United emerge as convincing winners at the Etihad.
Solskjaer and his team are going to be hoping to duplicate that very same performance but it might be surprising if Pep Guardiola,
one among the game’s best tacticians, has not learned from their last meeting.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola are going to be hoping for yet more semi-final success when his side face rivals Manchester United
within the first leg of their Carabao Cup last-four clash at Old Trafford, survive Sky Sports.
Guardiola has won his last five domestic semi-final matches with Manchester City since losing 2-1 to Arsenal within the 2016/17 FA Cup semi-final.
Four of these wins were within the League Cup,
winning both legs against Bristol City in 2017/18 and Burton Albion in 2018/19 on their thanks to lifting the trophy.
Manchester United vs Manchester City Team News
Manchester United still have a lengthy injury list heading into this match,
with Paul Pogba, Scott McTominay, Eric Bailly, Axel Tuanzebe, Marcos Rojo and Timothy Fosu-Mensah all absent.
Solskjaer’s options might be further limited by a bout of illness which has swept through the squad,
with Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard and Luke Shaw all doubtful.
Sergio Romero is probably going to stay his place in goal,
while other fringe players could also get another chance after the FA Cup outings at the weekend.
The likes of Fred and Rashford are going to be hopeful of returning into the side,
though, with Solskjaer likely to field a rather stronger team than the one which drew with Wolves.
Guardiola named a comparatively strong side against Port Vale with Sergio Aguero,
David Silva and Bernardo Silva among those included, but there might be some rotation for this match.
Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez could come into the side,
while Ederson is predicted to be available having missed the last two games through illness.
Nicolas Otamendi are going to be handed a late fitness test and should be in contention himself,
but Aymeric Laporte and Leroy Sane remain sidelined.
Manchester United vs Manchester City Line Up
Man Utd possible starting lineup:
Romero; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Jones, Williams; Fred, Matic; Greenwood, Lingard, Rashford; Martial
Man City possible starting lineup:
Bravo; Cancelo, Garcia, Fernandinho, Zinchenko; Foden, Rodri, De Bruyne; Bernardo, Jesus, Sterling
Manchester United vs Manchester City Head to head
Fixtures between these two sides are more even than their overall fortunes suggest they ought to are in recent years,
with five wins apiece from the last 12 meetings.
United haven’t won back-to-back derbies since 2010, although thereon occasion the primary of these did are available a League Cup semi-final.
There are seven League Cup meetings between these two sides before,
and therefore the honours are evenly matched at three wins apiece with one draw.
TV channel and live stream information
The match will be shown live on Sky Sports’ Premier League and Main Event channels,
and is available via Now TV with a day pass on offer for £8.99. Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via
SkyGo and the SkyGo app.
You can also follow all the action from Old Trafford with our Manchester correspondent James Robson.