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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