Manchester United v Middlesbrough Tips – Can Teessiders cause huge cup upset?
Manchester United play host to Middlesbrough on Wednesday evening, a place in the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup at stake.
October 26th, 2015
Middlesbrough will head into this clash full of confidence, given that they could take advantage of United’s energy-sapping performance in the weekend’s Manchester derby.
They started this season’s Capital One Cup with a 3-1 win at Oldham in the first round and followed this with a 2-1 win over Burton Albion and a 3-0 demolition of Championship rivals Wolverhampton wanderers to set up this midweek tie at Old Trafford.
In this season’s Championship, ‘Boro sit fourth in the table following a decent start to the campaign with seven wins and three draws. They head into this Cup clash join the back of a 3-1 win over Wolves at Molineux, manager Aitor Karaoke naturally pleased with that result.
“For me the main thing was the spirit that the players have shown on the pitch. In the second half I liked their attitude since the first second. At half-time I told them that we were not playing well,” he said after the final whistle.
“In the first half we needed to play calmer and I told them that at half-time because the attitude and intensity was really good. If we always play with this spirit we will only lose a few games. I am really pleased because we have rediscovered our intensity and spirit. I am really proud of all of them.”
They will nevertheless be in for a tough time against a Red Devils side who are flying high in the Premier League and who have lifted this trophy on four occasions, their most recent being a 2-1 win over Aston Villa in 2010. They earned their place in this round thanks to an emphatic 3-0 win against Championship side Ipswich Town last month and unsurprisingly start this match as 4/11 odds-on favourites.
The weekend Manchester derby saw them grind out a goal-less draw, manager Louis van Gaal being somewhat reflective about his side’s failure to receive a penalty: “We had 90 minutes control of the game against a side like Manchester City. I cannot complain. But you want to win and we did not.
“We should have had a penalty on Ander Herrera. It is easy to see for me but I have a replay. The referee has one second. I always say we need the modern technology but I am the only one in the desert calling for it.”
We cannot really imagine anything other than a United win in this match. The Red Devils have returned as a major force in the Premier League this season and although not back to their very best, they are certainly too strong for the Teessiders. Nevertheless, ‘Boro have scored three goals in seven of their games in all competitions so far this term and we feel that they will get themselves onto the scoresheet at Old Trafford on Wednesday, however at the final whistle it will be the United fans who will be celebrating what should be a relatively easy win and a passage into the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup.
BETTING TIP – Manchester United win, both teams to score – Boylesports 11/5