City, United clash in Carabao Cup

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Foot­ball lovers on Dstv are ex­pect­ing an ex­cit­ing tie on Tues­day (to­day) when Manch­ester City con­tinue on their jour­ney to de­fend their hold on the Carabao Cup in a semi-fi­nal show­down against fierce ri­vals, Manch­ester United.

It will be the sec­ond time both Manch­ester teams will lock horns this foot­ball sea­son, hav­ing pre­vi­ously met in the Pre­mier League in De­cem­ber.

The Red Dev­ils came out of the fix­ture at the Eti­had as sur­prise win­ners with a 2-1 vic­tory, but they will be wary of Pep Guardi­ola’s men as they visit Old Traf­ford for the first leg of the semi-fi­nal.

City travel to Old Traf­ford with a 100 per cent Pre­mier League record there un­der Guardi­ola, though once he suf­fered de­feat at United in the 2016 League Cup fourth round.

Manch­ester United are com­ing into the game on the back of a drab goal­less draw against Wolver­hamp­ton Wan­der­ers in the FA Cup at the week­end, while Manch­ester City ran out 4-1 win­ners against Port Vale in the same com­pe­ti­tion. Both teams were able to rest many of their first team play­ers in the FA Cup games and will have fresher legs for Tues­day night’s clash.

Manch­ester United coach, Ole Gun­nar Solk­s­jaer, will hope to repli­cate the De­cem­ber vic­tory over their lo­cal ri­vals as he looks to guide the his­toric club to their first tro­phy in two years.

United trio Jesse Lin­gard, An­thony Mar­tial and Luke Shaw missed the trip through ill­ness and Harry Maguire sus­tained a knock but will be as­sessed ahead of the clash.

The other in­ter­est­ing Carabao Cup semi-fi­nal clash will in­volve Pre­mier League high­fly­ers, Le­ices­ter United, who host As­ton Villa at the King Power Sta­dium on Wed­nes­day.

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