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.
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
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.
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 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 United 2-1 Manchester City