London: Usually the competition to break in youngsters, the League Cup will give Manchester rivals United and City a chance to utilise older players this week.
Injury-plagued Owen Hargreaves could make his first appearance for City since a surprising switch across Manchester after being released by United.
The 30-year-old midfielder has failed to complete a match in the last three years, but is set to have a chance to prove he is clear of the knee problems that have blighted his recent career against Birmingham on Wednesday.
"I need to speak with Owen and on Tuesday we will decide if he will play, but he probably will," City manager Roberto Mancini said. "He has been in full training but he is not 100 percent. He could play maybe 30 to 45 minutes."