Manchester United are set to travel to Kenilworth Road for an EFL Cup Third Round tie against Hatters Luton Town.
After what was an abysmal Premier League opening display on Saturday against Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace which saw the Reds fall to a crushing 3-1 defeat, we have looked at how we expect manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to line his Reds up on Tuesday night against Luton Town.
Perfect chance to make his senior Manchester United debut as he embarks on his mission to dethrone United number-one David De Gea.
Looking to gain fitness after missing out against Crystal Palace on the weekend, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Wan-Bissaka get a few minutes under his belt on Tuesday.
After a hopeless performance by team-mate Victor Lindelof on Saturday against Crystal Palace I expect Solskjaer to mix things up at the back and hand youngster Mengi his first start of the season.
I would be surprised if Solskjaer changed both centre-backs and with Lindelof set to be axed, I expect captain Maguire to line-up next to the youthful Mengi.
Similarly to Lindelof, left-back Luke Shaw also had a shocker on the weekend, clearly well off the pace, I expect back-up left-back Williams to get the nod in the cup.
Didn’t feature at all on the weekend, will consider himself unlucky if he fails to get the nod on Tuesday against a decent, but clearly far inferior Luton Town.
United’s World Cup winner needs to build match fitness, I expect him to feature at some point so I will opt for a start over a cameo from the bench.
With team-mate Jesse Lingard clearly out-of-favour at Old Trafford and with squad rotation inevitable, I expect Pereira to be ahead in the cup’s pecking order.
With his United days numbered during a season which could very well be his last, I expect Mata to feature in the early stages of both domestic cups. Mata’s inclusion would also allow star-boy Greenwood to be rested ahead of a tricky weekend clash against Brighton and Hove Albion on Sept 26.
Tipped for a move away, Tuesday evening could be the Welshman’s final chance to impress gaffer Solskjaer. I expect James to start ahead of Marcus Rashford, who, like Shaw and Lindelof was way off the pace against Crystal Palace.
If United had of taken all three points on the weekend I would tip Odion Ighalo for a start ahead of the clinical Frenchman, however, with pressure mounting, even after the first game, I think Solskjaer will opt for a balance between squad rotation and including game-deciding players.
For me, a start for Martial would signal not only intent from Solskjaer, but also fear.