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Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has an opportunity to make his first final as United boss as his side take on Manchester City at Old Trafford in the Carabao Cup.

The last time these two sides met in this competition was also in the semi-finals in which Pep Guardiola’s men came out eventual winners over the two legs by three goals to two. In the league however, it’s the red half of Manchester who have been enjoying the most recent bragging rights with United’s last loss against City coming in November 2018.

Solskjaer has somewhat of a selection dilemma ahead of tomorrow’s derby with his side’s recent league form pushing them into a title race which is delicately poised. In his pre-match press conference he emphasised how important it is to win silverware for the club so a strong line-up should be expected.

Pep Guardiola’s men will be looking to get to their fourth Carabao Cup final in successive seasons, beating Arsenal, Chelsea and Aston Villa in their last three finals. The Spaniard will no doubt be looking forward to a potential battle with a familiar foe in Jose Mourinho if his side were to make the final on April 25th.

It won’t be the first time that a Manchester Derby will be played without fans in attendance but with their being a place at Wembley at stake for both sides, the stage is set for a nail-biting occasion under the lights at Old Trafford.

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 Solskjaer confirmed in his pre-match press conference that only Phil Jones and Edinson Cavani are missing from his squad to face City on Wednesday through injury and suspension respectively.

Guardiola’s men will still be without Ederson, Kyle Walker and Gabriel Jesus who are all isolating following receiving positive tests for Covid-19.

Sub-Edited by Cameron Winstanely

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