On Wednesday evening, the Manchester Derby is scheduled for the third time this season. Manchester City won 1-3 against Manchester United at Old Trafford and so the visiting team must come from very good people if it wants to make it to the next round.
It must all go really crazy if Manchester City does not qualify for the final of the Carabao Cup. The Citizens won the Carabao Cup tournament five of the last seven times and given the possible other opponent – Leicester City or Aston Villa – there is a good chance that Man City will soon again be in possession of the trophy. This Manchester City will normally also deal with Manchester United, because nobody expects The Red Devils to make up a deficit of three goals at Etihad Stadium.
After the 1-3 win over Manchester United, Manchester City played four more games. three of them were won and the other game ended in a draw. First the Pep Guardiola team won 1-6 against Aston Villa, then The Citizens played 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace. The matches with Sheffield United (0-1) and Fulham (4-0) were also won by the men of Guardiola last week. In the meantime, Manchester City has been undefeated for eight games in a row and it must be crazy if The Citizens do not continue that series against Manchester United. On the other hand: Manchester City already lost 1-2 in the Premier League this season with 1-2 of their fellow countryman.
It will be difficult for Manchester United to reach the final of the Carabao Cup. Goal goals are not decisive in the Carabao Cup, but then it becomes difficult for The Red Devils to clear a 1-3 deficit in the lion’s den. Nobody also expects Ole Gunnar Solskjær with Manchester United to qualify for the final of the Carabao Cup: The Red Devils simply do not have the material to actually achieve a good result when they visit Manchester City.
Of course, Manchester United managed to win 1-2 earlier this season at Etihad Stadium. On the other hand, that was an incident and a 1-2 victory on Wednesday evening would not be enough to reach the next round. Solskjær saw that his team scored six times last weekend against League One club Tranmere Rovers and that Manchester United did not have to collect a goal. Manchester City-out, on the other hand, is a different story than Tranmere Rovers-out and The Red Devils must have a very good day if they want to achieve a result.