It is very clear that Man United’s coach Jose Mourinho and Man City’s Pep Guardiola are under serious pressure following a sloppy performance from their sides. As the two teams face each other on Wednesday, 26 October 2016, during the English Football League (EFL) Cup tie at Old Trafford, both managers seek to revive their winning form this evening.
The Red Devils are seeking a bounce back after a stunning 4-0 defeat to the Blues at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Mourinho might face a temptation of axing major flops on his Chelsea return when considering a derby XI. Unfortunately, this seems to be a hard thing to do because almost every Red Devil flopped, save Rashford, Valencia and Mata. Football pundit, Stuart Mathieson claims that the players who were involved in the Stamford Bridge thrashing should be given a chance to ‘’lick their wounds’’ with the inclusion of Juan Mata and Anthony Martial in the starting XI and Pogba be dropped or play alongside Michael Carrick.
Guardiola’s side too are battling with a five-match winless run and are hoping the end this jinx tonight at Old Trafford. Pep Guardiola told BBC that he is to rotate his squad with young players coming in. Hopefully Kelechi Iheanacho will start ahead of Kun Aguero following his efforts against Southampton on Sunday.
Pablo Zabaleta and Kevin De Bruyne will miss the tie after the duo picked knocks while United’s Eric Bailly will miss the derby after sustaining a knee injury on Sunday.
Both teams have tasted a 4-0 away defeat when their coaches returned to their former clubs. Guardiola witnessed his former side, FC Barcelona whip him with Messi netting a hat-trick. Mourinho will also live to remember his 4-0 loss to the side he coached ten months ago.