[Image] Predicted 4-4-2 Man United XI to face Man City – Can Solskjaer make it to the EFL Cup final?


Predicted Manchester United XI to face Manchester City in the EFL Cup

Manchester United welcome neighbors Manchester City to Old Trafford for an EFL Cup semi-final fixture. The Red Devils have been one of the most in-form sides in the country. They dispatched Everton in the quarterfinal to reach this stage.

Even after a bit of a slump, City have been the team closest to United’s form. They have also won 4 of their last 5 games and knocked out Arsenal in the quarterfinal. It should be different from the stalemate we witnessed between these two sides last month as there will be no second leg. A winner must emerge.

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There will be a few injuries to wiggle through for this game. Victor Lindelof could miss this game with his long standing back problem. The defensive duo of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo are also expected to be out. There seems to be no other injuries for Solskjaer to deal with.

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Manchester United’s Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani reacts at the end of the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on November 1, 2020. (Photo by PHIL NOBLE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Edinson Cavani will be serving the second of his 3-game suspension after his comments on social media. Solskjaer could throw on his strongest line-up with maybe just a few tweaks here and there.

Probable Manchester United XI vs Manchester City

Formation: 4-4-2

David de Gea (GK)

Dean Henderson might have been a good shout but with De Gea in splendid form, the latter continues in goal.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (RB)

If one thought Wan-Bissaka cannot contribute in the attacking third, they were surely proven wrong. He’s looking adept at both ends these days.

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – JANUARY 01: Eric Bailly of Manchester United celebrates at the final whistle of the Premier League match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford on January 01, 2021 in Manchester, England. The match will be played without fans, behind closed doors as a Covid-19 precaution. (Photo by Carl Recine – Pool/Getty Images)

Eric Bailly (CB)

On his day, Eric Bailly is Manchester United’s best defender. The Ivorian is a no-nonsense defender who isn’t afraid of going into a challenge.

Harry Maguire (CB)

The captain will continue to lead his team. Looks much better with Bailly’s agility beside him.

Luke Shaw (LB)

There is a good chance that Telles could be given the nod but Shaw has been more consistent.

Scott McTominay (DM)

Solid as ever, he will likely have to keep tabs on Kevin De Bryune throughout the game.

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 24: Marcus Rashford of Manchester United celebrates with teammates Bruno Fernandes (L) and Fred (R) after scoring their team’s third goal from a penalty during the UEFA Champions League Group H stage match between Manchester United and İstanbul Basaksehir at Old Trafford on November 24, 2020 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Fred (CM)

Fred hasn’t done much wrong in the last few games and retains his spot.

Bruno Fernandes (AM)

This man is very likely to be their most potent weapon again. His influence on the game could decide the game for Manchester United.

Paul Pogba (CM)

Pogba may not be hitting those numbers in terms of goals but rest assured, his presence in midfield is vital for United.

Marcus Rashford (ST)

The local lad will know how important a good showing in this derby will be.

Anthony Martial (ST)

It bodes well for Solskjaer that Martial has started grabbing some goals. Will be vital in the absence of Cavani.

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