EFL: Manchester United Vs Manchester City - Preview, team news and predicted line-ups

Manchester, Oct 26: The second Manchester derby of the ongoing season gets underway tonight (October 26) at the Old Trafford in a round of 16 encounter of the English Football League Cup.

Underfire Manchester United and Manchester City lock horns tonight in order to find salvation from their miseries.

Jose Mourinho (left) and Pep Guardiola (Image courtesy: Manchester United and Manchester City Twitter handle)

Both the rivals' performance in recent times have not been up to the mark. While the Cityzens went winless for 5 consecutive matches, Manchester United faced a humiliating drubbing at the hands of Chelsea last weekend.

Even though the importance of the league cup is nominal to both the managers but when it is a Manchester derby, fans cane expect a neck to neck fight.

kick-off: 12:30 AM (IST)

Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester

The Match will be telecasted LIVE on Ten Networks

Team News

Pep Guardiola is likely to rotate his fatigued squad in this midweek English Football League Cup encounter against Manchester United.

As suggested by the Spanish manager, the league cup competition comes fourth on his priority list. Also, the manager emphasised on the fact that they have two very crucial matches coming up in the next week.

They face West Bromwich Albion this weekend and then take FC Barcelona next midweek in Champions League. Thus, we expect several changes in the Manchester City starting XI.

Even though it is a must win match for under pressure Jose Mourinho, it is unlikely that he would field all his star players at one go in this league cup encounter.

Players like Eric Bailly, Marouane Fellaini and Wayne Rooney have all suffered knocks and are most likely to remain out of action.

Predicted line-ups

Manchester United (4-2-3-1)

Goalkeeper: David De Gea

Defenders: Matteo Darmian, Chris Smalling, Daley Blind, Luke Shaw

Midfielders: Michael Carrick, Paul Pogba; Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Juan Mata, Anthony Martial

Striker: Marcus Rashford

Manchester United formation

Manchester City (3-4-3)

Goalkeeper: Wily Caballero

Defenders: Nicolas Otamendi, Vincent Kompany, Gael Clichy

Midfielders: Jesus Navas, Fernando, Ilkay Gundogan, Javi Garcia

Strikers: Leroy Sane, Kelechi Iheanacho, Nolito

Manchester City formation


Manchester United 2-1 Manchester City

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Story first published: Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 13:41 [IST]
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