You can be forgiven for feeling a sense of déjà vu with City playing United again, as thanks to the EFL Cup ties this will be the third meeting in as many weeks.
The last match was a 2-1 victory on the night for the Tigers, although Mourinho gracelessly presented his own “alternative facts” to the media claiming the result was actually 1-1.
Hopefully City will be less fatigued and fully focused back on the league after the weekend’s FA Cup nightmare at Fulham. United fared somewhat better on Sunday, dispatching Wigan with relative ease 4-0.
This will be the first game after the January transfer window closes, and with a number of new players coming in, as well as the possibility of further departures, it’s frankly very difficult to predict what Wednesday starting eleven will look like. One player who will not be involved though is Curtis Davies. The central defender joins the legion of City long term injured with a hamstring problem picked up against Fulham.
Manchester United are on the current longest unbeaten run in the Premier League (13 games – W7 D6 L0) and their longest unbeaten run in the League since March 2013; an 18-game run under Sir Alex Ferguson.
The bookies have the home side as strong favourites, with City quoted as long as 16-1.
Mark Sellers (@mrmarksellers)