The last round of the League Cup was fairly eventful, with Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City all getting knocked out. Automatically, United became favourites to win the trophy for a third consecutive season.
Ben Amos is set to start tonight whilst other youngsters Ravel Morrison and Robbie Brady have been handed squad numbers with the hope of getting a game from the bench.
Fabio da Silva, Darron Gibson, Federico Macheda, Gabriel Obertan, Bebe, Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling, with Bebe’s action most likely from the bench too.
It wouldn’t be too surprising to see Michael Carrick and Park Ji-Sung thrown in the mix to add a bit of experience, and hopefully help them with their form which has been lacking this season.
In United’s last game against Scunthorpe we could have lost 20-5, given the amount of chances they had, so we will hoping to sure up our defence for tonight. Best of luck to Amos, who could do with a confidence boosting performance on what is a big occasion for him. Smalling played well against Scunthorpe and earned the praise of the boss, so hopefully he, alongside Wes Brown most likely, will protect the 20-year-old keeper well.
The boss was also impressed with the accuracy of the attack against Scunny.
“I thought our young players did very well at Scunthorpe. We had seven chances and scored five goals. It’s a great ratio – I wish I could say that every week!”
Michael Owen has been injured but may return to the fold tonight. Chicharito might be regarded as too important to play in this competition now, in light of his goal scoring run and Rooney’s absence, so Kiko will likely start.
Whilst still the last priority for United, it still is a competition the boss deems worth winning. When considering so many of the other top teams have been knocked out, it would be stupid not to see it as a great opportunity to scoop up some silverware this season. I love to see our young lads getting a go but I hope we have some sort of back up plan on the bench.
Wolves have the worst record in the league away from home so far this season, having lost 4 of the 5 games they’ve played, and drawn the other. In the last round of the competition they beat Notts County, although they needed extra time to beat the newly promoted to League One at Molineux. In the round before they again needed extra time to beat League Two side, Southend, again at Molineux. Mick McCarthy has today confessed that this competition is not a priority for them, which is fairly obvious given how much they’ve struggled against weak opposition already in the competition.
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