Wednesday evening sees the lowest ranked side play host to the cup holders.
If Jose Mourinho’s side thought this would be an “easy ride”, they’d better think again as Lee Johnson’s side have put out three Premier League sides in the form of Watford, Stoke City, and Crystal Palace in the last rounds.
The holders come into this round having beaten Swansea City in the last round and the last time Manchester United lost to a Championship side was back in the second round of the 2015-16 season where they lost to Middlesbrough on penalties. They won’t want to do that again.
In what’s otherwise good news for the Ashton Gate outfit, Cauley Woodrow (started for Fulham in round one v Wycombe Wanderers) and Jonathan Leko (featured as a substitute for West Brom v Accrington Stanley in round one) will not be available for this match due to being cup-tied.
Jose Mourinho won’t be making too many changes ahead of the encounter but did confirm that Henrikh Mkhitaryan will play a part.
Lee Johnson admits that he’ll have a decision to make in regards to who’ll make the team. He has a little sentiment (partially on his mind) based on which players took part in the last round.
On choosing between this match, and the weekend game at QPR: “If I was given a ticket to win either the United game or Saturday’s match at QPR, I’d opt for the latter – but on Wednesday the super-competitive side of me will take over”.
Given his side a currently in the hunt for promotion, it’s easy to see why he’d say that. (It’s all tongue-in-cheek).
Jose Mourinho voiced his reasoning for taking this match seriously given that, in his words “the Championship is not the Championship of 5-10 years ago”, and that teams are of higher quality than what they were back then.
Which way do I see this match going? I predict The Robins to give it a real go against The Red Devils and given they have home advantage, they may spring a surprise or two. Will they? With Manchester United being the outright favourites though, it’s going to take some doing for the Championship outfit to beat an in-form side.
I can see Bristol City winning this encounter should the tie go to penalties, purely because of Mourinho’s poor track record when it comes to spot kicks. (The last time he was involved in one was in the fourth round of the 2015-16 season away at Stoke City – and lost).
Will Bristol City continue their exceptional run, or will Manchester United put a halt to The Robins’ run?