Full coverage of Carabao Cup quarter-final clash on talkSPORT December 23, 2020 – Posted in: Soccer
Premier League rivals Everton and Manchester United face off in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals tonight.
The two sides are going well in the league, level on points in the top four, and both won at the weekend.
Carlo Ancelotti and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would dearly love a cup win this season and will look to keep up their good form in the cup this evening.
Everton breezed past West Ham in the last round while Manchester United saw off Brighton.
Tonight’s winner will have a great shot of going all the way this season and that should set up a thrilling tie.
Everton v Manchester United: How to listen
This match will get under way at 8pm on Wednesday, December 23.
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Everton v Manchester United: Team news
Everton midfielder James Rodriguez remains absent because of a calf injury.
Lucas Digne and Allan are also out while Andre Gomez is a doubt with a hamstring injury.
For United, Jesse Lingard, who has not played since September, is set to return to the squad.
Mason Greenwood is set to start despite a recent injury but Scott McTominay, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw are all set to be rested.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hinted that Edinson Cavani will start but Bruno Fernandes will sit out.
Everton v Manchester United: What has been said?
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists Man United are desperate to win a trophy having gone three seasons without silverware.
United’s last triumph came in the 2017 Europa League final under Jose Mourinho but, since his departure and Solskjaer’s appointment, the cupboard has remained bare.
Solksjaer, who won nine major trophies as a player at Old Trafford, said: “Of course it’s something we’re aiming for.
“We want to improve every season and to improve on last year is to get to the final and, of course, when you get to the final there’s only one thing that matters and that’s to lift the trophy.
“I remember myself winning my first trophy. Even towards the end of my career, I think it was Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic’s first trophy in the Carling Cup, 2006 was it?
“I think that was their first trophy and it does give something to a team.
“We are desperate to get our hands on a trophy, these players are desperate to learn how to win.”
Everton v Manchester United: Match stats and facts
- The last League Cup meeting between Everton and Manchester United was back in November 1993 in the fourth round, with the Red Devils winning 2-0 at Goodison Park with goals from Ryan Giggs and Mark Hughes.
- Manchester United are looking to win consecutive away matches against Everton in all competitions for the first time since September 2007 (three in a row), while the Red Devils have only beaten Everton twice away from home in one season once before, doing so in 1993/94 (once in the league, once in the League Cup).
- Everton have reached the League Cup quarter-final in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1986/87 and 1987/88, with the Toffees losing on penalties after a 2-2 draw with Leicester City at this stage last season.
- Manchester United are looking to reach the League Cup semi-final in consecutive seasons for the first time since doing so in 2008/09 and 2009/10, winning 3-0 against League Two side Colchester United in last season’s quarter-final.
- Everton are the top scoring team in this season’s League Cup, netting 12 goals so far. They have only scored more goals in six previous campaigns in the competition, most recently in 2015/16 (13).
- Since the start of the 2017/18 season, only Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin (10) has scored more League Cup goals than Man Utd’s Marcus Rashford (7).
- Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has won all six of his away League Cup matches, winning two with Cardiff City and four with Manchester United, with three of the four with Man Utd coming at Premier League opponents – Chelsea, Man City and Brighton.