Manchester United vs Derby – FA Cup: José Mourinho’s Manchester United can already be considered out of the title fight
With 15-point disadvantage to Manchester City, no one believes that Pep Guardiola’s team will lose that enormous advantage.
United was also knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Bristol, which means the team only has the FA Cup and the Champions League to fight for, although no one expects them to win the Champions League, because Manchester City, Real Madrid, Barcelona and PSG are better rated to win the main European trophy.
Manchester United had a very busy schedule on this holiday season, something that was criticized by José Mourinho, since the team played 5 matches in about 12 days, coincidentally a period where they jeopardized their title aspirations.
By getting 3 consecutive draws, on a complicated stage for the team, since they were winless for 4 consecutive matches, a streak they only broke on their last match against Everton, where they got a hard-fought win, with the goals only appearing in the 2nd half.
For this match, Mourinho will already be able to count with Lukaku and Fellaini. Carrick returned to practice, but he should remain absent, as well as Valencia that should still be absent for another week, adding to Bailly, who is also injured, and Young who is suspended.
Romero should appear on the starting line-up since Mourinho usually utilizes the Argentinian on the cup matches.
Derby County is one of the promotion candidates to the Premier League. The team is in 2nd place, a spot that would grant them direct access to the top tier of English football.
For Derby’s manager, this is a great challenge, because if Derby intends to assert itself as a true contender for promotion, they will have to be prepared to face opponents of this caliber.
Tom Lawrence and Joe Ledley are confirmed absences, while Bradley Johnson is still doubtful and will be evaluated closer to the time of the match to see if he is fit.
Manchester United vs Derby – Betting Tip and Prediction:
A title-less season will be hard to swallow for Manchester United and Mourinho’s team looks at this competition with an added importance, while Derby, despite wanting to maintain their positive streak of results, will be more interested on next weekend’s match at Birmingham for the Championship.
Derby is in a good position in the Championship, but they have strong competition in the fight for 2nd place, so I believe that will be their main priority right now.
I believe on a victory for Manchester United here, even more because Mourinho’s team is already warned for the encounters with the Championship teams, since they were recently eliminated from the Carabao Cup by Bristol, a team that is also fighting with Derby for the 2nd place in the league.
And to avoid unpleasant surprises like that one, I think that Mourinho’s team will be able to score at least twice in this match.
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