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How Man Utd should line-up as they face City

Edinson Cavani is Manchester United’s only major absentee for their Carabao Cup semi-final with Manchester City.

Cavani, 33, is suspended for the Old Trafford tie on Wednesday night and Phil Jones, who has not played in almost a year, is the only first-team squad member out injured.

“We’re disappointed not having Edinson involved, he’s probably the only one, And Phil Jones, who’s been very out for a long time, they’re the only two not available for selection, which is a good position to be in.”

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Solskjaer has overseen three wins against City but last month’s derby was a soporific goalless draw in which Pep Guardiola started two holding midfielders.

United or City will meet Tottenham in the final after Jose Mourinho’s men defeated Brentford at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Tuesday.
Manchester United are likely to name a strong line-up to face Manchester City in the semi-final of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night.

A place at Wembley is on offer for the winner with both semi-final ties being contested over one leg. The final will now take place in April.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is aiming to win his first trophy as United manager and deny Pep Guardiola a fourth consecutive League Cup.

Solskjaer faces some selection dilemmas as he has virtually no injury problems to contend with as Victor Lindelof is set to be available but Edinson Cavani misses out through suspension.
David de Gea is likely to retain his place in the starting XI as is Eric Bailly who has excelled in Lindelof’s absence. The Ivorian looks back to his best and is proving to be a worthy partner for Harry Maguire in the centre of defence. Aaron Wan-Bissaka will start with Luke Shaw set to beat Alex Telles to a starting berth.

In midfield, Bruno Fernandes will start again despite his recent heavy workload. Solskjaer has favoured a midfield duo of Fred and Scott McTominay against the Blues but both men were below-par in the win against Villa. However, a mobile midfield will be needed meaning McTominay could oust Nemanja Matic for a place in the starting XI.
Paul Pogba continues to thrive in a more advanced role on the left of the forward three and is likely to operate in that role again at the expense of Donny van de Beek who hasn’t featured since the Carabao Cup win against Everton.
Both Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial have been in fine form in recent weeks meaning Mason Greenwood will need to settle for a role as an impact substitute.

Manchester United predicted XI vs Manchester City: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, McTominay; Pogba, Fernandes, Rashford; Martial.

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