Looking to right their wrong from last month and also book their spot in the final of this year’s EFL Cup, Manchester City will make the short trip to Old Trafford on Tuesday night.
Eventually picking up a 4-1 victory over League Two outfit Port Vale on Saturday to progress to the fourth round of this year’s FA Cup, Pep Guardiola’s men have landed three straight victories since their dramatic 3-2 loss away at Molineux last month.
On the flip side, after having to settle for a replay against Wolves on Saturday evening, Manchester United have continued on what has been a campaign riddled with inconsistencies.
However, while the Red Devils may have won just a pair of their last six matchups against Premier League opposition, there is no doubt that Tuesday’s hosts will be boosted by their most recent meeting against the defending champions.
When United made the trip across Manchester last month, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men put in arguably a season-best display in their 2-1 victory and another shock win for the Reds can be found priced as high as 4/1 with Coral.
United lose their clinical edge
While Manchester United appeared to have bounced back from last month’s defeat at Vicarage Road with back-to-back victories over Burnley and Newcastle, the Reds have continued on quite the rollercoaster campaign.
Managing to scrape through with what was a lacklustre 0-0 draw away at Wolves over the weekend and having to settle for an FA Cup replay, Head Coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has seen his side once again start to show some glaring issues in the final third.
Along with being blown away by a struggling Arsenal in a 2-0 defeat on New Year’s Day, the former Premier League champions have now failed to find the net in back-to-back appearances and will once again be unable to call upon midfielder talisman Paul Pogba.
Even more worrying for fans around Old Trafford, United failed to have a single shot on target at Molineux over the weekend and you might be interested to know that the Reds can be found priced at 6/4 with William Hill to draw yet another blank in midweek.
Elsewhere, continuing to pile the pressure on #1 shot-stopper David de Gea, back-up keeper Romero is set to be handed another chance to shine on Tuesday.
A tale of two halves for City
While City’s 3-2 collapse at Molineux last month may have brought an end to the defending champions title charge, Pep Guardiola has vowed that his side “will not stop fighting” and Tuesday’s guests have continued to shine in the final third.
Now simply in a battle to leapfrog Leicester in the race for a silver medal finish, the former Barcelona boss has his sights set on at least lifting a piece of silverware this season.
Putting four past League Two outfit Port Vale over the weekend, City have bagged at least a pair of goals in each of their last eight matches on the bounce and you might be interested to know that the Sky Blues can be found priced at 8/13 with 888Sport to once again bag over 1.5 goals in midweek.
However, while the likes of Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus have continued to lead City’s line in some style, Guardiola’s men have shown some extended issues at the back.
Still unable to call upon key defender Aymeric Laporte, City have recorded just a single clean sheet in any of their last 11 matches against Premier League opposition.