Manchester United’s Carabao Cup third round tie with Derby County will mark a special reunion on Tuesday night.

Frank Lampard will bring his Championship outfit to Old Trafford to face his former manager Jose Mourinho, who could welcome back two midfield stars according to BBC Sport.

Ander Herrera has been nursing an ankle injury but is in line to return for the Red Devils, having last featured in a 2-0 victory over Burnley in the second game of the season.

Fellow midfielder Nemanja Matic could also feature, however forward Marcus Rashford remains suspended and will be unavailable, with defender Marcos Rojo also missing as he is yet to recover from a knee injury.

United go into the game off the back of a frustrating 1-1 draw at home to newly promoted Wolves, leaving Mourinho’s men eight points off the top of the Premier League table.

The visit of Derby will be only the third meeting of the two clubs in this competition, with the Red Devils coming out on top on both occasions in 1970 and 2009.

United haven’t lost at home to their opponents since a 1-0 defeat in 2001, winning the last seven meetings at Old Trafford.

Mourinho’s side have progressed past this stage of the Carabao Cup in 14 of their last 15 third round ties, with their only loss coming against Coventry City during the 2007/08 season.

United will be hoping to progress on this occasion too, and will look to avoid a potential giant killing at the hands of Lampard’s men.


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