Liverpool legend, Michael Owen has predicted tonight’s Carabao first-leg game between Manchester United and Manchester City.
Manchester United will host Manchester City at Old Trafford.
Following a goalless draw against Wolves in the FA Cup over the weekend, Michael Owen has predicted the club that will be victorious after 90 minutes of play.
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“Manchester United won the recent league game between the sides at the Etihad but I expect holders Manchester City to take a lead into the second leg later in the month,” Owen was quoted by Mirror UK as saying.
“With Marcus Rashford on the bench and Anthony Martial missing the game through illness, United failed to have a shot on target in their goalless draw with Wolves in the FA Cup at the weekend.
“They will improve back at Old Trafford but, with Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay missing through injury, United do not have the quality in midfield that their neighbours do.”
“City made serene progress in the FA Cup with a facile win over Port Vale on Saturday and I expect Pep Guardiola’s side take a lead back to the Etihad in the second leg.”
The match will start by 9pm.
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Manchester City defender John Stones has emerged as a defensive target for Mikel Arteta at Arsenal having worked with him at the Etihad Stadium for the past two years.
John Stones earns £100,000 per week as salary at Manchester City and he is said to be considering a loan move away from the Premier League champions to boost his chance of making it to the 2020 European Championships this summer with the England national team.
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As things stand, John Stones is not a regular at Manchester City and it would be hard for him to make the England squad for Euro 2020.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is close to John Stones and he could help revitalize his career at the Emirates Stadium.
Arteta wants at least one defensive reinforcement this month especially with the injury to Calum Chambers who will miss the rest of the season after undergoing knee surgery.
Young defender Kostantinos Mavropanos has left the club on loan to German second-tier club Nurnberg to create another defensive vacuum for Arteta and his coaching crew.
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Arsenal and Mikel Arteta are in need of defensive reinforcements and their search has led them to Manchester City center-back John Stones who has won the Premier League title for the Citizens in each of his first two seasons at the club following his £50m transfer from Everton.
He has not been in the best of shapes in recent months as the England international has struggled for both form and fitness.
Arsenal have lost center-back Calum Chambers to a serious injury and he’s not expected back until next season, while young defender Kostantinos Mavropanos has left the club for German club Nurnberg on loan thus paving the way for the Gunners to sign a defender most likely on loan.
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Arsenal loanee William Saliba has sent a message to his French pal in the Manchester United shortly after the Red Devils were thoroughly beaten by neighbors Manchester City in the Carabao Cup.
Manchester City are the Premier League champions and they have won the last two editions of the Carabao Cup and could make it three wins in a row in the coming weeks.
They are almost in the final of the competition after their dominant display at the home of Manchester United in what was the first leg of their Carabao Cup last four meeting.
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Manchester City beat Manchester United at the Theatre of Dreams to make it a big mountain to climb for the Red Devils ahead of the second leg at the Etihad Stadium on January 29.
Manchester United need to overcome the 3-1 deficit suffered against the Citizens on Tuesday night.
On Wednesday, William Saliba sent a message to Aliou Traore on Instagram.
Both William Saliba and Aliou Traore were both with the France u-18s.
Saliba is on loan at French Ligue 1 side Saint Etienne who sold him to Arsenal last summer in a deal said to be around £27m.
He was loaned back to Saint Etienne for one season.