Two Chelsea greats reunite at Old Trafford in an emotional Carabao clash between Jose Mourinho and one of his most important and influential players during his successful Chelsea reign- Frank Lampard in the dug-out.
Jose Mourinho and Super Frankie enjoyed some of the finest years of their Managerial and playing careers respectively while they were together at Stamford Bridge. However, both will be in the dug-out looking to progress to the next round of the EFL Cup at each other’s expense.
This will be the first managerial clash between Jose Mourinho and Frank Lampard.
Mourinho has never lost to any of his former players or assistants who have gone on to be managers.
Jose Mourinho has never lost a home match in the League Cup in the 11 he’s managed. (W9 D2 L0).
The last time Jose Mourinho was eliminated at home in the third round of the League cup was in 2005-06 season against Charlton Athletic at Stamford Bridge. The match ended 1-1 and Chelsea lost 5-4 on penalties- Frank Lampard was in that Chelsea team on that day.
Derby County have suffered elimination in six of their last seven League Cup ties against Premier League oppositions, with their only victory coming against Stoke City in 2008-09 season in the quarter-final.
In the Premier League era, Manchester United’s three of their last four defeats at Old Trafford in the League Cup have been against teams outside the top-flight- York City in September 1995, Coventry City in September 2007 and Crystal Palace in November 2011.
Derby have lost seven of their last eight visits to Old Trafford with their only win recorded in May 2001 when Malcolm Christie scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory.
Manchester United have won 14 of their last 15 third round League Cup matches- their only defeat was in 2007 against Coventry City at Old Trafford.
Manchester United and Derby have met twice in the League Cup and Manchester United won both meetings.
HOME TEAM NEWS
Marcus Rashford is expected to sit out this one as he serves the last of his three-match ban while Marcos Rojo (knee) is still out.
Ander Herrera (ankle) is available and Nemanja Matic could return after missing the Wolves game due to suspension while Diogo Dalot could be in line for a starting spot if Jose decides to rotate his squad.
AWAY TEAM NEWS
Curtis Davies is out with hamstring problem while George Evans is still recovering from an ankle injury sustained last month.
Tom Lawrence will complete his three-match suspension today while long term absentee Marcus Olsson continues his recovery from a knee problem.
This feels like a must-win game for the team from Old Trafford after that flat and livid performance at the weekend against Wolves. Mourinho needs to take this game seriously against a Derby team who are come into this encounter as Under-dogs.
Manchester United need to find their top gear from the first whistle to get the fans behind them as any off-colour start could deflate the Old Trafford crowd.
It’s been a mixed week around Old Trafford after losing more grounds in the Premier League title race. But I do not see Derby taking anything out of tonight’s game. Fancy a comfortable Manchester United victory.
(1; over1.5 goals; Manchester Utd to win 3-0)