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Manchester United May Line-Up In Carabao Cup Semi-Final Against Man City Without Harry Maguire


It was FA Cup last weekend and now Manchester United must turn their attentions to the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night.

The Red Devils played out a goalless draw at Wolves meaning their January fixture list continues to pile up.

And the difficult matches don’t stop there, with Man United facing local rivals and Carabao Cup holders Manchester City over two legs in the semi-finals.

Man United came out on top the last time the two sides met, winning in a Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium in December.

But this will no uncertainty be a tricky tie for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men against a Man City side who have effectively given up on winning the Premier League therefore this competition has added importance for them.

To make matters more difficult for United they’re likely to be without defender Harry Maguire, who picked up a foot injury against Wolves however decided to finish the game despite limping.

Solskjaer is also sweating on the fitness of Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial and Luke Shaw – the manager is set to leave it until the last minute before deciding if they’re fit enough to play.

“We are going to give them as much time as we can. Some of them are still not ready,” he said.

“If there was a game today [Monday] I’m not sure if they could perform at their best.

“But another 36 hours might be a big change therefore we'll give them until tomorrow morning before I give them the team.”

Man United are definitely without Paul Pogba, Scott McTominay, Eric Bailly, Axel Tuanzebe, Marcos Rojo and Timothy Fosu-Mensah.

talkSPORT.com has predicted how Man United could line up against Man City in the first leg.

Solskjaer will want his players to emulate the 2-1 victory over Man City therefore in an ideal world would pick the same XI that did the job.

However, we suspect this game may come too soon for £80million Maguire, meaning Solskjaer will have to play Phil Jones alongside Victor Lindelof.

But Solskjaer may want to take risks elsewhere therefore Shaw, Lingard and Martial could well play.

Nemanja Matic and Fred, who played in midfield together in their New Year’s Day defeat to Arsenal, could get the nod again.