Solskjaer’s two key Man Utd selection dilemmas for Carabao Cup semi-final v Man City

Manchester United face Manchester City on Tuesday in the first-leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final at Old Trafford.

The Carabao Cup represents Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s best opportunity to win silverware with United this season, despite the fact they are underdogs in this tie over two legs.

Solskjaer is expected to make changes against Pep Guardiola’s side, with key players not starting against Wolves on Saturday.

We looked at some key selection dilemmas for the United boss on Tuesday evening.

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Sergio Romero v David De Gea

Romero’s performance in the goalless draw at Molineux on Saturday gives Solskjaer an interesting call to make. The 32-year-old was arguably United’s best player, notably keeping out Matt Doherty’s effort with a stunning save in the highlight of the match. He has scarcely let United down when called upon in place of David De Gea, and we think he should be rewarded with another start ahead of the Spaniard. Romero has been a reliable number 2 in the cup competitions and commands his box better than De Gea, who appears low on confidence after some errors in recent weeks.

Brandon Williams v Luke Shaw

Shaw was ruled out against Wolves with illness, but is expected to be available to face Man City. He has been Solskjaer’s first-choice left-back when fit this season, but he was run ragged by Nicolas Pepe in the New Years Day defeat to Arsenal and struggled to get forward and offer any attacking threat. There is a worry that City’s attackers could torment Shaw if he starts on Tuesday evening.

Williams, meanwhile, offered a rare attacking threat for the Reds against Wolves as he put in another impressive display. He fared better than we expected against the menacing Adama Traore and has deserved to retain his place against City. His controlled aggression and willingness to overlap his wingers make him the ideal choice at left-back for Solskjaer.

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