Manchester United hosted Man City in the League Cup fourth round game on Wednesday night and although City started with a very under strength side they matched United every inch of the pitch. First half saw a very poor game with one shot on target for both sides but game came to life in second half and it was United who took the lead when Juan Mata scored just after the break to put Manchester United 1-0 up with half hour still to play.
Manchester United 1-0 Manchester City Highlights
[ English League Cup, Fourth Round Match ]
54′ 1 – 0 Juan Mata scored just after the break to put United 1-0 up but there was still half and hour to play for.
Match Highlights (English)
Jose Mourinho Post Match Interview:
Pep Guardiola Post Match Interview:
Manchester United vs Man City Preview: Its only a league cup game which both teams would not have been interested in this competition but as the recent results panned out this is one game both Guardiola and Mourinho will be eager to win. 5 games without a win is the longest winless streak of Pep Guardiola’s career while Mourinho’s reign at United has hit the new low after 4-0 drubbing in the hands of Chelsea. We can expect both managers to go all out for the win and we can expect full strength side on Wednesday. night
Team News & Possible Starting Lineups: Jose Mourinho is likely to start with Ibrahimovic upfront while Martial, Rooney and Mata to start in attacking roles. Fellaini has recovered enough to get a place in midfield alongside Paul Pogba while Blind, Bailly, Shaw and Valencia to keep their place in back four.
Manchester City will be without Vincent Kompany, De Bruyne with Otamendi also doubtful leaving them short at options at the back which means Mangala and Demichelis are set to start at heart of the defense. Aguero, Silva, Sterling and Yaya Toure to play in attacking roles while Fernando and Fernandinho to keep their places in central midfield.
Predictions: Its a tough one to call, City has made absolute superb start under new manager Guardiola who is one manager with a impressive record over Mourinho. But United look a quality side at Old Trafford and that might turn out to be the turning point this weekend. Ibrahimovic physical presence upfront might shake Man City defense and I am going with a narrow 1-0 win for United in this one.
Recent Match Review:First Manchester derby of the season and it turned out to be a belter of a game at Old Trafford. Man City absolutely dominated United for the best part of first 45 minutes scoring two goals in the process and pretty much humiliating United in their own backyard. Kevin de Bruyne and Kelechi Iheanacho were on target for City but a goal at the stroke of haltime by Ibrahimovic brought United back into the game.
Manchester United 1-2 Manchester City Highlights
[ Premier League Match 2016-17 ]
15′ 0 – 1 Kevin de Bruyne scores after Iheanacho’s flickon fall into his path nicely and he netted home with a sweet finish.
36′ 0 – 2 Kelechi Iheanacho taps home from close range after De Bruyne’s shot rebound of the cross bar.
42′ 1 – 2 Zlatan Ibrahimovic made it 2-1 just before the break to keep United in the game.