There will be no repeat of last year’s Carling Cup final as Sir Alex’s young team face Harry Redknapp’s high-flying Spurs in the quarter-finals…
Ins and outs: Redknapp will be missing three key players on Tuesday, but they are all long-term injuries with no fresh worries from the weekend. Ledley King is out with a hamstring problem, Luka Modric continues to nurse a fibula injury sustained in August, and Carlo Cudicini will be out for the foreseeable future after fracturing both wrists in a motorcycle accident. For the Reds, John O’Shea and Jonny Evans are again both doubts, while Rio Ferdinand continues to suffer from a back injury. It is still too early for Owen Hargreaves, who is making good progress in his recovery from a knee operation. Sir Alex is likely to opt for youth, as has been his wont in the Carling Cup.
Star man: Jermain Defoe is scoring goals left, right and centre, and is a good bet to be on the plane to South Africa in the summer. He hit five in the demolition of Wigan and is the Premier League's joint top scorer with Didier Drogba.
Manager: Redknapp has worked his usual magic and propelled Spurs up the table. They were bottom when he took over last season but was able to