Charlie Nicholas states his prediction for Man United v Man City
Charlie Nicholas looks ahead to Manchester United's crunch League Cup clash with Manchester City
Charlie Nicholas is tipping Manchester United to claim a 3-1 victory over Manchester City in the League Cup on Wednesday night.
The Red Devils head into the game looking to return to winning ways after their humiliating 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.
United have now only taken two points from the last nine available to leave them trailing leaders City by six points after nine games of the new campaign.
The Red Devils are preparing to take on their bitter local rivals at Old Trafford for a place in the quarter-finals of the League Cup.
And former Arsenal star Nicholas is tipping the Red Devils to progress at the expense of their neighbours this week.
Writing in his column for Sky Sports, Nicholas said: “Both sides need a win. Jose Mourinho might be looking at this knowing he needs it to buy himself some time.
“It’s turning into a really awkward moment, to an extent which Mourinho has probably never come across. He’s got a pretty average team which don’t play the way he likes; Eric Bailly injured, Wayne Rooney out of sorts because he’s tried to fit the France international in his position and Zlatan Ibrahimovic looking more and more frustrated.
“As for City, Kelechi Iheanacho can come in after scoring again. They are playing well, of course they are, but they’re making so many mistakes that we have to focus on the problems.
“I think United will get physical and I think we’ll see quite a few bookings. There’s no way those players can’t be angry after the weekend, especially coming up against a team who have also ripped them apart.”
A footnote added: “Charlie predicts: 3-1 and Nolito to score first.”
Manchester United finished fifth and won the FA Cup under Louis van Gaal last season before Mourinho was appointed back in May.