MUN vs MCI Dream 11 Match Prediction: The Manchester Derby is all set to take place as both United and City confront one another under for the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final at Old Trafford. Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City unit will be eager to bag the trophy for the third consecutive time, whereas, Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer will be desperate to win his first-ever piece of silverware for the club as the manager of Manchester United which could ease off the pressure of his shoulders to an extent.
Date- Wednesday, January 8
Kick-Off- 1:30 AM (IST)
Venue- Old Trafford
Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer is expected to make quite a few changes in the starting eleven that squared off in the goalless draw against Wolves in the FA Cup. Having said that, Anthony Martial, Jese Lingard and Harry Maguire are in doubts to start, while Paul Pogba and Scot McTominay remain on the sidelines due to a long term injury. Mason Greenwood could once again be expected to start in at goal, With Dan James and Marcus Rashford coming in from the wide areas. Brand Williams and Ashley Young could get to start again, while Sergio Romero is expected to be in guard of goal in place of David De Gea.
Pep Guardiola also ended up making plenty of changes in their FA Cup tie against Port Vale on Saturday. Leroy Sane remains ruled out due to injury. Aymeric Laporte is steadily on his way back to the squad but will not be risked here. Nicolas Otamendi has recovered from injury but Eric Garcia could continue at the back for now. Ederson is also back from illness bur Claudio Bravo could get the nod ahead of the Brazilian. Kevin De Bruyne, Rodrigo, Raheem Sterling, Kyle Walker and Fernandinho are expected to be named in the starting eleven.
MUN (Expected Playing 11)- Romero; Young, Maguire, Lindelof, Wan-Bissaka; Fred, Matic; Rashford, Lingard, James; Greenwood
MCI (Expected Playing 11)- Bravo; Walker, Fernandinho, Garcia, Mendy; De Bruyne, Rodrigo, D Silva; Mahrez, Aguero, Sterling
Marcus Rashford will be the danger man from Manchester United’s end. The 22-year-old has 12 goals, four assists from 1823 minutes in the league this season and also has three goals from two Carabao Cup games.
For Manchester City, Kevin De Bruyne will be the architect in midfield. The Belgium international has seven goals, 12 assists and a pass accuracy of 81.3% from 20 appearances in the league this season.
Daniel James can cause problems from the right with his sheer pace and crossing ability. James has three goals, six assists and a pass accuracy of 77.6% from 1637 minutes in the league this season for United.
David Silva has also been his usual self in Manchester City’s midfield. The Spaniard has three goals, six assists and a pass accuracy of 86% from 16 appearances this season.
With both sides being a little hot and cold in the ongoing season, we can expect a draw in the first leg at Old Trafford.
(Disclaimer: Managers could go with an unconventional starting lineup in cup competitions)
Goalkeeper- C Bravo
Defenders- B Mendy, V Lindelof, A Wan-Bissaka
Midfielders- K D Bruyne (C), Fred, D Silva, D James
Forwards- S Aguero, M Rashford (VC), M Greenwood
Defenders- K Walker. Fernandinho, B Williams
Midfielders- K D Bruyne, Fred, D James (VC), D Silva
Forwards- S Aguero (C). R Sterling, M Rashford
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