Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Man Utd vs Middlesbrough


How to follow the match: Wednesday's Capital One
Cup fourth-round tie at Old Trafford, which kicks off
at 20:00 GMT, will not be televised live in the UK.
You can follow the action in our live match blog or
via @ManUtd on Twitter, while MUTV's live
matchday programmes will be on air at 17:00 and
19:00 GMT, before the game is broadcast in full at

Ticket information: Tickets are available for all
supporters to buy online via manutd.com/tickets or
by calling 0161 868 8000. All standard seats for
under 16s are priced at just £5 each.
Scene-setter : After draws against CSKA Moscow
and Manchester City in the Champions League and
Barclays Premier League respectively, it’s a third
different competition in a week for Manchester
United. The Reds are bidding to reach the last
eight of the League Cup and this will be a first
encounter with Championship high-fliers
Middlesbrough since they were relegated from the
top flight at the end of the 2008/09 season.

Form guide : United played out a hard-fought
goalless draw in the Manchester derby on Sunday
and are in miserly form at home, having only
conceded one goal in six domestic games at Old
Trafford so far this term. Boro, who lost to Norwich
City in last season’s Championship play-off final at
Wembley, came from a goal behind to win 3-1 at
Wolves at the weekend and are currently occupying
fourth place in the second-tier table.
Latest team news : Andreas Pereira could be in line
for another start after scoring in the last round
against Ipswich Town, but Antonio Valencia is a
doubt after being forced off with a foot injury near
the end of Sunday's derby match. The Reds are
without Luke Shaw and Paddy McNair but Ashley
Young and James Wilson are nearing a return. Boro
boss Aitor Karanka has hinted he may ring the
changes as he prioritises another promotion push,
with several of his men carrying knocks and four
other players being one booking away from a ban.

Trivia : Middlesbrough last won at Old Trafford in
2004, in the days of Juninho, Gaizka Mendieta and
Bolo Zenden. But they have more recent happy
memories of Manchester, having stunned City at
the Etihad Stadium in the FA Cup in January,
winning 2-0. Their manager Karanka was a
defender in the Real Madrid team who beat United
in the 1999/2000 Champions League quarter-finals,
drawing 0-0 at the Bernabeu before winning 3-2 in
the second leg at Old Trafford.

Danger man : Stewart Downing is enjoying a new
lease of life at Boro, having returned from West
Ham in the summer for his second spell at the
Riverside Stadium. The former England winger, who
played in the Teessiders’ win at Old Trafford in
2004, netted a superb 20-yard free-kick in
Saturday’s win over Wolves but has since admitted
he is playing through the pain barrier after cracking
a rib.

View from the dressing room: “Middlesbrough are
playing in the Championship, but last season they
were really close to being promoted to the Premier
League and this year they're again up there. It's
going to be a good test for us in Old Trafford. I've
never won this tournament, I hope we can make it
this season.” - Juan Mata

Betting: Official betting partner Marathonbet is
offering 21/50 on a United win, with 32/5 on a Boro
victory and the draw priced at 9/2. Sign up with
Marathonbet via manutd.com/bet and check out
the latest odds.
Referee : The man in the middle on Wednesday will
be Lee Mason, whose last United game was the
1-1 away draw with Aston Villa in December. The
Lancashire official has issued 31 yellow cards and
one red in his nine matches so far this season.

Rivals watch : The other fourth-round ties, which all
take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, are:
Everton v Norwich City, Hull City v Leicester City,
Sheffield Wednesday v Arsenal, Stoke City v
Chelsea, Liverpool v Bournemouth, Manchester City
v Crystal Palace, Southampton v Aston Villa.


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