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Confirmed Starting XI: Ibrahimovic starts unexpectedly; Pogba returns from suspension

Manchester United travel to Ashton Gate to take on Bristol City in the fifth round of the Carabao Cup this evening.United have turned a corner after losing the Manchester derby against Manchester City, beating both Bournemouth and West Bromwich Albion in their next two league matches. United will need to keep on winning, keeping the momentum and hoping they can chase City during the remainder of the season, which could see them under pressure for the next 20 league matches. City beat Leicester City on penalties in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday evening with Arsenal beating West Ham United. Chelsea and Bournemouth will be pitted against each other tonight in the other match, which could see only Premier League teams in the semi-finals.

Manchester United:

Romero;

Lindelof, Rojo, Blind;

Darmian, McTominay, Pogba, Shaw;

Rashford, Martial;

Ibrahimovic

Substitutes:

Pereira; Smalling; Mata, Lingard, Herrera, Mkhitaryan; Lukaku

Manchester United and Bristol City have faced each other 35 times in the history of both clubs; the first match being played on the 21st September 1901 – a 1-0 victory for United in the old Football League Division Two. United have won 15 of the matches played, drawing ten and losing ten. It has been over 37 years since the two sides last played – a 4-0 victory for United on the 23rd February 1980 which saw a Bristol City own goal, a brace from Joe Jordan and a Sammy McIlroy goal seeing United take the points in the old top flight of football. The last defeat to Bristol City came over two years before the last game, a 3-1 defeat with Jimmy Greenhoff scoring United consolation goal in that game. United will be looking to extend their three-match unbeaten run against the Robins starting this evening.

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