Carling Cup: Manchester United vs. Manchester City
Arch-rivals Manchester City and Manchester United meet in the first leg of the Carling Cup (League Cup) semi-final at Eastlands two weeks after the game was canceled because of heavy snow.
Tonight’s fixture will be the 153rd confrontation between these two teams, with the contests becoming increasingly even, and the spoils harder to claim.
Both sides have suffered defensive problems in recent weeks, so the winner of this match will be vital in deciding the outcome of the game.
City fans are desperate to prove that they are now the team to beat in Manchester, and Roberto Mancini is convinced they will reach the final of the tournament if they can play their best football.
The Citizens will be without striker Roque Santa Cruz, with the calf injury that saw him limp out of Saturday’s loss at Everton after only a few minutes. Patrick Vieira is also out, but the team should have Stephen Ireland back in contention.
United welcome Darren Fletcher back from suspension, while Dimitar Berbatov should be passed fit to play.
The match kicks-off at 19:45 UK (2:45 p.m. ET).
Manchester City won over Manchester United with 2 goals coming from Carlos Tevez in the Carling Cup semifinals game on Tuesday.
Manchester City ( 2 – 1) Manchester United