Manchester United welcome Derby County to Old Trafford for a EFL Cup third round tie on Tuesday night.
Ex-Chelsea men, Jose Mourinho and Frank Lampard won this competition twice together, but now they meet for the first time as opposing managers.
In the other camp, Frank Lampard has just overseen a comfortable 3-1 victory over Brentford as he prepares his team for their third successive away EFL Cup tie. Dismantling Oldham and Hull City respectively, Lampard’s side have scored six and conceded none as they travel to the Theatre of Dreams. Here’s a look ahead to the game.
One to forget for the Rams. In a dismal but record breaking season, Derby ended the 2007/08 Premier League campaign with just 11 points.
In the post Sir Alex Ferguson era, lesser clubs have taken big scalps off United, with many no longer fearing the Red Devils as they did under the legendary Scot.
However, during Fergie’s reign, visiting sides knew they were in for a torrid time. On a dreary December day, an United attacking quartet featuring Ronaldo, Rooney, Tevez and Welsh wizard Ryan Giggs took the sword to the Rams heart.
Giggs opened the scoring for United in the 40th minute – his 100th league goal for the Red Devils – before former crowd favourite Carlos Tevez smashed a second home just five minutes later. United were then denied twice by the woodwork as a trademark Rooney chip ricocheted off the bar before Giggs could only find the post as he volleyed a Wes Brown cross.
Despite heavy pressure, Derby continued undeterred, h
Ander Herrera vs Mason Mount
Perhaps not the most glamorous battle you’ll ever see, but one that could be crucial in Tuesday’s clash.
Expertly man-marking Eden Hazard out of a game a few seasons ago, Herrera even appeared to play the 3-0 home defeat to Tottenham at right back. He is a trusted man of Mourinho, with his tactical discipline cherished by the Portuguese. A real fan favourite, the United faithful will be delighted to see their Spanish amigo back in action.
A free-kick specialist, Herrera will have to keep his wits about him to avoid giving away any unnecessary free-kicks, because as shown already this season – Mount will punish you.
Ander Herrera has also recovered from an ankle injury whilst Nemanja Matic could also feature in the starting XI. Marcus Rashford will miss out as he serves the last of his three match ban, whilst Marcos Rojo solely tops the United injury list.
Derby County – Frank Lampard has a few concerns ahead of the trip to Old Trafford on Tuesday night. Curtis Davies (hamstring) and George Evans (knee) miss out on the trip with Ikechi Anya a long-term absentee for the Rams.
Tom Lawerence will be disappointed to miss out on a return to his boyhood club as he, like Rashford, will serve the last of his three game suspension. Despite usually opting for the experienced Nugent, it is expected that Lampard will side with the extra pace of Jack Marriott here.
Manchester United: Romero; Shaw, Bailly, Smalling, Dalot; Matic, Herrera, Pogba, Martial, Mata; Lukaku
Derby County: Carson; Malone, Tomori, Keogh, Bogle; Mount, Ledley, Johnson; Bennett, Marriott, Jozefzoon