It may only be the League Cup. But it’s a Manchester derby.
Both United and City will be playing for bragging rights at Old Trafford tonight (9pm).
But more to the point, both clubs need to bounce back from a recent slump in form.
Hosts United were moered 4-0 at Chelsea after a goalless draw against Liverpool, while getting a Europa League win over Fenerbahce in between.
City, meanwhile, have not won in five games and need to get their season back on track.
United striker Marcus Rashford is dreaming of scoring the winning goal for Jose Mourinho’s side tonight after scoring the winner last season at Eastlands.
And the 18-year-old says: “It would be a home goal against City, definitely! Scoring away was a massive moment as well for me, so I can only imagine what a home goal would be like.”
City skipper Vincent Kompany made his first start of the season last weekend after a long-term injury but only played for 70 minutes in the 1-1 draw with Southampton and is a doubtful starter.
But the 30-year-old defender says the game is ideal for City to make a statement in.
He says: “The bigger the game, the better. That’s how I’ve always approached it and I will for the rest of my career.
“Those games are what you play for.”