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Evans, Da Silva, Welbeck – Who Do You Want To Start Tonight?

Last year, to the relief of all Manchester United season ticket holders who were forced in to purchasing Carling Cup tickets, our lads were dumped out of the League Cup at home to Coventry.

Sir Alex Ferguson was less than impressed, loaning out the youngsters who he didn’t feel pulled their wait in the 2-0 defeat.

A year later on and it is Middlesbrough we take on at home, but a similar side is expected to play.

Who do you want to see in the starting line-up?

Jonny Evans put in a good performance against Chelsea at the weekend and we need to give him as much game time as possible if we are going to keep him. The lad seems keen to go back to the North East so if Ferguson is serious about him being a future first teamer for United, we need to give him as much action as possible.

Danny Welbeck is a player fans have been talking about for a good few years, but we’ve seen little of him in pre-seasons. Only 17-years-old, getting a game against Boro in the League Cup would surely be a dream come too. And a repeat performance of that against the bitters wouldn’t go a miss!

Gary Neville could do with game time, so playing him for the first hour wouldn’t be a bad idea. We take on Bolton at the weekend, the club who we were playing when Neville picked up his initial injury over a year ago. Getting more minutes under his belt wouldn’t be a bad idea and Boro should provide him with a reasonable test.

The same applies for Ronaldo, who obviously isn’t back to his best just yet, after substitute appearances against Villarreal and Chelsea.

Darren Gibson, who had a less than impressive pre-season, despite his blinding goal against Peterborough, has admitted he needs to shine tonight.

“The gaffer and the players were really disappointed when we lost to Coventry last season,” he said. “We want to stay in as many competitions as possible this year.”

Now that it’s not compulsory to purchase tickets for this competition, I am eager for them to stay in it as long as possible. It’s great experience for lads who otherwise wouldn’t get a chance to play for the first team, so we should take advantage of that as much as we can.

Sir Alex Ferguson has spoken out about the players available for tonight, revealing that Manucho and Fabio Da Silva are ruled out with injury.

“I’m disappointed that Manucho hasn’t recovered completely from a metatarsal injury, this would have been a good opportunity to look at him and Welbeck in combination,” he said. “I also have it in mind to look to youngsters like Jonny Evans, Darron Gibson, Danny Welbeck and Rafael, though unfortunately not his twin brother Fabio. He has a shoulder injury and is having an operation. My team will involve changes. There will be a mix of youth and experience.”

Which line up do you hope Ferguson picks for this evening?

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  1. John T says:

    My Line up would be as follows:

    PIG – Gk

    Rafael – RB
    Evans – CB
    Vidic – CB
    O’Shea – LB

    RW – Ronaldo
    CM – Hargreaves
    CM – Anderson (Have him in hole just behind wellbeck)
    CM – Gibson
    LM – Nani

    ST -Wellbeck


  2. Fuglis says:

    What about Possebon?

  3. OMelhorDoMundo says:

    Rafael Evans Vidic O’Shea
    Gibson Possebon
    Ronaldo Anderson Nani

  4. John T says:

    Forgot about Possebon completely!!! I would repalce Gibson for him and see how he goes. I think this boy can take over Scholes’s passing and control over a game. He is pure class from what I have seen of him so far

  5. Akpos says:

    Van der sar.evra ,vidic,jonny evan,brown,owen, anderson,ronaldo,nani,tevez,rooney,barbatov

  6. Grateful.Red says:

    Neville (c), Evans, Brown, O’Shea
    Rafael, Possebon, Anderson, Nani
    Welbeck, Ronaldo

    This way, we could bring Gary off and slide Rafael back or Wes over. Nani and Ronaldo should be given a chance to work things out together on the wings. Finally, Possebon and Anderson are the engine room of the future. Vidic, Park and Berbatov ride the pine…

  7. peacesofpeace says:

    Hey Phelan has gone on to assure us that Manucho will get some playing time tonight so he better be put in the line up, from the bench though to avoid set backs.
    Meanwhile i’l love to see Possebon in the team too.

  8. no Need says:

    its a shame the u are even including Ronaldo to play calling cup. Arsenal will field in some boys from youth level, the age range is between 16-21. This is great. I wish man utd can do the same.

  9. jockewe says:

    Rafael Brown Evans Oshea

  10. nagraj says:


    Rafael Evans Brown O’Shea

    Ronaldo Possebon Anderson Nani

    Tevez Welbeck

  11. Kingpin says:

    I think its more important atm to give those coming back from injury some game time. I am hoping to see Ronaldo, Hargo, Nani and Berbatov start the game tonight as i feel these are the first teamers that we really need to get fully fit.
    Asides from them, im hoping to see Rafael, Evans, and Possebon start, with maybe Wellbeck, Gibson and Manucho coming on for about 30min.
    What do you guys think about giving Ole a spot in the dugout tonight,giving SAF some input on the game? he has an unbeaten record so far with our reserves, and he probably knows our young players better than most. This could be very valuble learning experience for him to have a taste of what its like to be part of the management team,and his knowledge of our young players wouldnt hurt.
    A bit off the topic,but what do you guys think of CQ comming back wen SAF retires, and having Ole as his assistant for a few years and promote Ole to manager (if he progresses in the manner in which we all hope) when CQ decides to leave?

  12. RaelDemby4 says:

    to john T: Manucho is still out.

  13. suhayl says:

    Such a shame..fabio and manucho are injured. Really wanted to see manucho play and show us what he’s got. And todays game would have been perfect for him.

    But agree also…some of the first teamers need games to get fit and match time under their belts. And we dont want to get knocked out early again. Cos it is a chance, maybe the only chance to bleed the youngsters. And for boro this is their only chance for a shot at a trophy. So they’ll play their strong team. Hence a mixture would be good. So nani, ron, andy, hargo and berba to get some match time with the young kids

  14. united4life says:

    DR: Rafael
    DL: O’Shea
    DC: Evans
    DC: Vidic
    MR: Ronaldo
    MC: Possebon
    MC: Anderson
    ML: Giggs
    FW: Berbatov
    FW: Tevez (Manucho if fit)

    Heaton (VDS if fit)

    I think we need a strong bench in case anythng goes wrong..Boro’ look good this season and they’ll be up for it.

  15. no.1 goon says:

    getting dumped out yet again with these kind of teams,coventry laid to bed your side last year and this year boro will do the same.
    fergerson is not wenger,so why is he trying to re-coup the arsenal way?

  16. Tom F says:

    I predict something like this, I would like to see Rooney get some time. He desperately needs ‘THAT’ goal, that sends him on a run!

    O’shea——– —–Evans———————-Brown——————-Rafael


    No.1 Goon Fan, you should have left the word “Fan” out of that name! As if Alex Ferguson will ever ‘try’ to be like Wenger. They are both great managers in their own right, Wenger was not the first and won’t be the last to bring players through to play well.

    Have you ever heard of Sir Matt Busby?


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