Edinson Cavani is Manchester United’s only major absentee for their Carabao Cup semi-final with Manchester City.
Cavani, 33, is suspended for the Old Trafford tie on Wednesday night and Phil Jones, who has not played in almost a year, is the only first-team squad member out injured.
“We’re disappointed not having Edinson involved, he’s probably the only one,” United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said. “And Phil Jones, who’s been very out for a long time, they’re the only two not available for selection, which is a good position to be in.”
Solskjaer has overseen three wins against City but last month’s derby was a soporific goalless draw in which Pep Guardiola started two holding midfielders.
City have scored nine goals fewer than United in the Premier League this term but produced their best performance of the campaign in Sunday’s 3-1 schooling of Chelsea on the eve of their return to Old Trafford.
United have not won a trophy for almost four years whereas City have lifted the Carabao Cup in the last three seasons. “The next game is always important,” Solskjaer stressed. “The semi-final is a chance to get to a final, to get your hands on a trophy in the next round and for this team it would be a very, very big step, getting hands on a trophy.
“We’ve developed a lot in the last 12 months from the last semi in the Carabao Cup. It’s not just learning to win semis, we’ve also earned the right to feel we can go all the way with our performances. We’re confident, going into the game on good form, so no excuses.
“Of course, you play football to win trophies, to get your hands on a trophy even though when you win that trophy you just move onto the next one.
“But it gives you hunger to win more, the squad is focused, we’re ready to give it a go and we’ve prepared well for this game.”