Manchester City will face United at Old Trafford tonight in the EFL Cup Semi-finals.
The two teams are meeting in two consecutive years in the EFL Cup semi-finals, and both of them are coming into the game with Premier League wins last weekend.
Guardiola: City doesn’t have enough players for Cup semis
Ahead of the game, Pep Guardiola is concerned about not having enough players due to the impact of the coronavirus outbreak at the Etihad.
“We don’t have many players,” said Guardiola in an interview with Sky Sports. “To play one, two games is okay, but if sustained for a long time – and you can use just 14 or 15 players – it will be more difficult.
“But… we have to adjust as much as possible. We don’t have an alternative. The important thing is the guys who have Covid recover well and the others try to avoid it as much as possible.”
“It looks like we are an island inside the society. It’s like everything is locked down except ourselves,” Guardiola added.
“They (players) have to be careful of what they do. Social distance, be careful and be lucky because even doing as best as possible, there are risks.”
The impact of the Covid-19 virus also resulted in the postponement of City’s game against Everton. Other PL clubs that have been affected by the outbreak include Fulham, Newcastle United, and Sheffield United.
Manchester Derby Preview
Manchester City have got the bragging rights in this competition after winning the trophy five times in the last seven seasons. United, however, have been knocked out twice in their previous three.
Liverpool are still the most successful club in this competition. They have won the EFL trophy seven times compared to six by Man City. If Guardiola’s side lifts the title this season, the Cityzens will join the league of the most successful clubs in the competition.
Manchester Derby h2h
Man United are unbeaten in their last three meetings with Man City in all competitions and are likely to take it to four considering their current form.
Man City are also in good form and have a good history in this competition. This will be the fourth time they’ll meet United in the semi-finals of this competition.
Their last encounter earlier this season in the EPL ended in a goalless draw. This, however, cannot be used to predict the outcome of today’s game.
Possible starting lineup:
Henderson; Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Maguire, Shaw; McTominay, Fred, Pogba; Fernandes; Martial, Rashford
Steffen; Cancelo, Dias, Stones, Mendy; Fernandinho, Gundogan; Mahrez, De Bruyne, Foden; Aguero