Manchester United are coming off a solid win against BSC Young Boys in the UEFA Champions League this past Wednesday, but they couldn’t translate that form into the Premier League and were forced to settle with a 1-1 draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers. Fortunately for Jose Mourinho’s men, England’s pack calendar will give The Red Devils the chance to bounce back fairly quickly.
This Tuesday, Manchester United will host Derby County in the third round of the Carabao Cup. The game at Old Trafford is scheduled to start at 20:00 hrs BST.
Mourinho confirmed that Ander Herrera will be elegible after leaving an injury behind. Nemanja Matic could also see action after sitting out the match against Wolverhampton this past weekend. Plus, Diego Dalot will see time on the pitch as well following his impressive debut against Young Boys in the Champions League.
As things stand now, only Marcos Rojo (injury) and Marcus Rashford (suspension) are unavailable.
Ander is ready, Mourinho told MUTV on Monday.
Marcos Rojo is the only player that is not available through injury and it’s Marcus Rashford’s last suspension match.
As for Derby County, they won’t have three players available for this contest. Marcus Olsson (knee), George Evans (knee) and Curtis Davies (muscle) are all out for the Rams and won’t make the trip to Old Trafford.
Manchester United are coming off a disappointing 1-1 home draw against Wolverhampton. However, The Red Devils have gone undefeated in their past four matches across all competitions. The two early defeats in the Premier League have hurt the side’s early title chances, but they seem to be improving and also kicked things off with a win in the UEFA Champions League. Can they do the same thing on the Carabao Cup?
On the other hand, Frank Lampard’s men are coming off a huge 3-1 home win over Brentford, and they have lost just one of their past four Championship matches (W2, D1, L1). Through the first nine games of the season, Derby sit in sixth place of the standings. If the season ended today – knowing there are more than 35 games left in the schedule – Derby would earn a spot in the playoffs. That’s quite a start for Lampard’s managerial career.
What is our record against Derby County in the past?
There is no question that Manchester United have a positive record against Derby County. If we only count the matches played over the past 20 years, we can see The Red Devils have a W11, D2, L2 mark against the Rams in the past 15 meetings, and have won the last four Cup matches: three on the FA Cup and one in the Carabao Cup back when it was called the Carling Cup.
The last time these two sides met was in January 5th, 2018 this year. Manchester United came away with a comfortable 2-o win thanks to Jesse Lingard and Romelu Lukaku. Both goals came during the final 10 minutes of action.
At least on paper, Manchester United look like the stronger side. They shouldn’t have problems to walk away with the win in this one.