Manchester United are busy chasing Manchester City in the race for the Premier League title.
However, attention now turns to the Carabao Cup where a semi-final place awaits the winners of Manchester United’s trip to Bristol City, where Jose Mourinho will be looking to take another step in retaining the trophy he won last year.
Mourinho is wary of taking the trip to the Championship side lightly and hinted at possible team changes giving the players on the fringes of first-team football a chance to shine.
“I am making a few changes for the match, but not many because Bristol City are one of the best teams in the Championship.
“For me now, the Championship is not the Championship of five or 10 years ago. The Championship is now high-quality teams with lots of players that could be playing in the Premier League easily. So we need to take the game really seriously. I am going to make a few changes and it is possible Micki is involved.”
Henrikh Mkhitaryan has not been featured for Manchester United since the home win over Brighton on November 25 with reports of a clash between Mourinho and the Armenian over his performance in the tight 1-0 win over Chris Hughton’s men.
Paul Pogba completed the last of his three-man suspension during the win over West Brom on Sunday and is likely to return to the first team ahead of a trip to Leicester City in the Premier League on Saturday night.
Luke Shaw too could come in with Ashley Young preferred in defence at the Hawthorns. Youngsters Scott McTominay and Axel Tuanzebe will also hope to feature.
Arsenal host West Ham United on Tuesday as Pep Guardiola’s high flying Manchester City travel to Leicester City at the same time.
Wednesday sees Chelsea host Bournemouth while Manchester United travel to Aston Gate to take on Bristol City.
With the semi-final draw to follow The United game, it could be set up for some mouth-watering ties as the League Cup reaches its concluding stages.
Damien McEvoy, Pundit Arena