Considering the Red Devils’ struggles against weaker opposition, Al Hain-Cole does not expect McGreal’s team to suffer a thrashing at Old Trafford

Colchester United will be hoping to pull off another upset when they travel to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United in Wednesday’s Carabao Cup quarter-final.

John McGreal’s men have already knocked out two Premier League opponents so far this campaign, seeing off Crystal Palace and Tottenham en route to the last eight.

Manchester United vs Colchester United latest odds

However, they are hefty 22/1 (23.00) outsiders with bet365 to make it through to the semi-finals for the first time in their history by pulling off a shock win here.

The Red Devils have been knocked out in three of their last five quarter-final appearances in this competition, but are clear 1/9 (1.11) favourites to progress by coming out on top.

Both of the guests’ wins over top-flight opponents this season have been on penalties, and you can get odds of 8/1 (9.00) on them taking this one to another shootout following a deadlocked 90 minutes.

Manchester United vs Colchester United team news

Paul Pogba, Eric Bailly and Timothy Fosu-Mensah are all ruled out, with Marcos Rojo and Diogo Dalot doubtful.

Courtney Senior will face a late fitness test after being forced off at half-time against Scunthorpe, while Paris Cowan-Hall is also an injury doubt.

Manchester United vs Colchester United preview

After the high of consecutive wins over Tottenham and Manchester City, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team was once again brought crashing down to earth with a 1-1 draw against struggling Everton at the weekend.

This failure to match strong results when cast as underdogs with wins over the teams they are expected to beat is a recurring theme, and can also be seen in their recent Carabao Cup fixtures.

An impressive away win over Chelsea in the last round followed defeat against Bristol City and draws with Derby County and Rochdale in the three previous ties.

Manchester United vs Colchester United predictions

With this in mind, odds of 8/11 (1.73) seem generous on the misfiring hosts failing to win by more than two goals against a Colchester side that is unbeaten in five away games.

All odds correct at time of publish. Please gamble responsibly.

Colchester United (+3) to win for a 2.5pt stake at 8/11 (1.73) with bet365

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