Football - December 18, 2019

EFL Cup Preview – Manchester United v Colchester United

Team News, Key Players, Score Predictions and more

Manchester United take on Colchester United for a place in the semi-finals of the EFL Cup. The League Two Colchester already eliminated Tottenham and Crystal Palace en route to the quarterfinal at Old Trafford. While Ole might be tempted to give rest to his big name players. Too many changes can be one change too many for this tricky tie. Colchester on  the other hand would try heir hardest to continue their dream run.

Match Details

When is Manchester United – Colchester United and where can I watch it live?

Competition: EFL Cup – Quarter Finals

Venue: Old Trafford

Date: 19th December 2019

Time: 1:30 AM IST

TV Listing: N/A

Team News

Manchester United

Paul Pogba was at least going to feature for some time in this match before an illness ruled out his return from injury. Elsewhere, Eric Bailly is still out with a knee injury while, Fosu-Mensah and Rojo are also out for this tie.

Predicted XI : Romero; Williams, Lindelof, Tuanzebe, Young; Garner, Fred, Mata; Martial, Greenwood, Chong

Colchester United

Colchester manager John McNeal is sure to name a strong side which should include Cohen Bramall and Frank Nouble.

Predicted XI : Gerken; Jackson, Eastman, Prosser, Bramall; Comely Pell, Harriot, Poku; Nouble, Norris

Head to Head

Manchester United: 2

Draw: 0

Colchester United: 0

Key player

Manchester United

With Colchester most likely to set up a low block and try to hit them on the counter, the mid-field becomes very important.

Mason Greenwood celebrates after scoring his maiden goal for Manchester United (Picture: Getty Images)

The recent upturn in form for Fred and Mata’s guile might be the very things that unlock what will most likely be a stout defense opposing them. However, it is the man at the front, Greenwood. He has to continue his impressive form and take what few chances he gets in this game.

Colchester United

Colchester United

They are currently 9th in League Two standings and have nothing to lose in this match. Their striker Norris has to continue his goal scoring tendencies for Colchester to have any chance in this game.

My prediction

Manchester United 3 – 1 Colchester United

 

 

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