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Man United vs Man City live stream: how to watch Carabao Cup semi-final derby from anywhere

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Having won the trophy in four of the last six seasons, it now feels unusual not to see Man City contesting the EFL Carabao Cup Final at Wembley. But can Ole Gunnar Solskjaer edge towards his first honour as United boss, or will Pep Guardiola's men gain the upper hand at Old Trafford? Don't miss a kick by reading our Man United vs Man City live stream guide below.

Their path to lifting the first piece of domestic silverware is far from straightforward this time out, with bitter local rival Manchester United standing in the way of the Sky Blues procession to north London.

Man United vs Man - where and when

The Carabao Cup semi-final first leg showdown will take place at Old Trafford.

The game itself kicks off today (Tuesday, January 7) at 8pm GMT (3pm ET or 12pm PT in the US, and 7am AEDT in Australia on Wednesday morning).

After steadying a decidedly shaky looking red ship with improved results in November and December, Solskjaer will be keen to get United back on track after an iffy start to 2020.

Still in search of their first win and first goal of the new year following a humbling defeat in the League to Arsenal and a disappointing goalless draw at Wolves, the Reds will be hoping for a bit of a positively to also negate the fallout surrounding Paul Pogba's seemingly likely departure in January. 

The highpoint of United's turnaround at the tail end of 2019 came with a shock 2-1 win at the Etihad last month, and Guardiola will be keen to avenge that result here this evening.

So will it be United or City who'll be holding the advantage come Tuesday night? Read on to find out the best ways to watch the EFL Cup action in the UK and the rest of the world so you can ensure you can easily live stream Man United vs Man City.

Live stream Man United vs Man City from outside your country

Further down the page we have details of catching the Carabao Cup semi-final in the UK, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. All require some kind of subscription.

But if you've paid for that subscription but are outside the country this weekend, then you'll soon find your access geo-blocked when you try to watch. To stop feeling like you've wasted your money (and assuming it's within the services Ts&Cs), you could use a VPN to watch as if you were back at home.

A Virtual Private Network (or VPN) allows you to change your IP address to a server in another country so that you can watch online as if you were there. What's more, using a VPN also makes you more secure online, as your activity will be encrypted.

We've tested and reviewed more than 100 providers to see which one to recommend and we rate ExpressVPN as the absolute best. It's fast, secure and compatible on loads of different devices (Amazon Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Xbox, PS4, etc). It heads up our top three best VPN picks as listed below and it even comes with a 30-day money back guarantee so that you you can try before you buy.

Not only is ExpressVPN the best all-round VPN for streaming, but as well as the 30-day trial you can also get 49% off and 3 months FREE if you sign up to an annual plan.

Once you're up and running with your chosen provider, you then simply need to open the app and select the appropriate location - it's super easy to do.

How to live stream the Carabao Cup in the UK:

Sky Sports has exclusive live broadcast rights to the EFL Cup this year. Coverage of this all-Manchester clash starts on  Sky Sports Football and Main Event from 7.30pm. That means you'll need the Sky Go app for your phone or tablet if you're out and about.

If you're not a full Sky subscriber (and don't want to be), then you can also consider a Sports Day pass from Now TV for £9.99 and watch it on there. Or upgrade to a week or month pass that will get you both legs and is far better value.

If you're outside the UK for this one, then you'll need to download and use a VPN, log in to a UK stream and then use your Sky or Now account with that.

How to watch the EFL Cup: live stream in the US

Online subscription service ESPN+ is now picking up more and more momentum - along with a greater range of sports. Among its roster of top class sports tournaments it has exclusive access to is the EFL Cup.

It only costs $4.99 per month and allows you to watch online as well as via its mobile app and TV streamer apps on the likes of Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, PS4 and Xbox.

Tonight's semi-final first leg is set to kick off in the US at 3pm ET or 12pm PT and you can sign up here to get access to it on ESPN+.

Live stream Man United vs Man City in Australia

You're looking at a 7am AEDT kick-off on Wednesday morning Down Under, so you may need to find a way of watching this on your way in to work. If you do manage it, subscription service beIN Sport 2 is showing the semi-final live.

If you're a Foxtel customer, you can add beIN to your package for an extra fee. No worries if you aren't though as you can also subscribe to beIN as a standalone subscription that can be watched on your laptop, desktop computer or mobile device. That costs $19.99 per month after you've taken advantage of a FREE two week trial.

Live stream the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg in Canada and more - for FREE

DAZN is a streaming service available in a select few countries including Canada. Luckily, it has secured streaming rights for EFL Cup football.

You can even watch for free as DAZN offers a 30-day money back option. You'll have to sign up for the service but if you don't like it you can get your money back within a month of you signing up.

Live stream Man United vs Man City in New Zealand

Just like in Australia, beIN Sport has you covered for EFL Cup football action in New Zealand.

Sky subscribers can add beIN to their package at an additional cost or, like in Australia, you can subscribe to a standalone package that can be watched on laptop, desktop or mobile app. It costs $19.78 per month after you've taken advantage of the FREE two week trial.