Man Utd’s feelings towards Carabao Cup semi emerge after City’s Covid-19 crisis

Manchester United's stance towards their Carabao Cup semi-final against Manchester City has emerged.

The Etihad outfit had to call off their match against Everton on Monday night.

It came after they announced a Covid-19 outbreak in the squad but have since returned no new cases.

There will be further tests on Thursday and Saturday ahead of their Premier League showdown with Chelsea on Sunday.

And five players are already self-isolating, though City have not requested their clash against the Blues to be postponed.

If all goes to plan, there should be no more shake-ups in the fixture calendar as they prepare to face United in the Carabao Cup after Chelsea.

The two Manchester clubs will face off in a straight knockout tie next Wednesday in a bid to reach the final.

United also believe that there will be no further hiccups and are preparing to face City, the Manchester Evening News report.

Much depends on whether City report any new positive cases in the squad.

But any review of the Carabao Cup match will be held after Pep Guardiola's men have faced Chelsea, the MEN further report.

If City are unable to field a team next Wednesday, United will not be afforded a bye to the next round.

That is because that rule ceases to be after the fourth round, with Leyton Orient having to forfeit earlier in the season against Tottenham.

The Carabao Cup final has been rearranged this season from the end of February to April 25, so there is plenty of time to sort out a semi-final should it come to that.

There has been talk of a break from Premier League action as coronavirus cases soar across the country.

But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has insisted that there is no reason to halt football now as it would simply create further problems.

"It's hard for me to answer that straight now," Solskjaer said on Amazon Prime.

"But a circuit breaker; I think it's more the whole society and I'm not sure if stopping playing football will make a difference.

"We are in a bubble and it's proven to be quite – well, we haven't had too many cases, especially within the group so I don't know, I don't want to join in that discussion.

"We all know it's so difficult, but if you just stop more games I don't think that's going to make a big, big change. It might be a longer one, so when do we finish the season?"

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