Fred in action against David Silva of Manchester City

Carabao Cup: Dates set for semi-final derbies

Manchester United have been drawn against Manchester City in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup, and the dates of each leg have now been confirmed.

The sides will meet at Old Trafford first, on Tuesday 7 January 2020. Kick-off is at 20:00 GMT.

Our away leg at the Etihad Stadium will be played three weeks later, on Wednesday 29 January at 19:45. Both games will be shown live on Sky Sports.

The draw for the semi-finals took place at Oxford United's Kassam Stadium, following City's 3-1 victory in the quarter-finals, and was conducted by Chris Kamara and Dennis Wise.

Marcus Rashford in action against City.
Marcus Rashford outstrips Kyle Walker.

Of course, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Reds won the Manchester derby in the Premier League recently, 2-1 away from home, but the manager has the utmost admiration for our neighbours.

Speaking after his team progressed to the last-four stage by beating Colchester United 3-0, Ole said of the semi-finals: “[They will be] fantastic days in Manchester. Of course, we do really respect them and, as I said after the derby last time, in my opinion, they are the best team in England.

“They can out-football you so we need to get our game heads on and be ready for them again. But we've shown them that we can cause them problems. I think they will be two fantastic games.

In a separate interview with MUTV, the manager added: ”No, I don't believe in things being written in the stars. But we take what comes our way. We've got a good memory from the last time we played them.

Our 2010 League Cup semi-final v CityVideo

Leicester City, who progressed past Everton on penalties, meet Aston Villa, conquerors of Liverpool, in the other last-four tie.

The Carabao Cup final will take place at Wembley on 1 March.

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