By John Ryan
- Manchester United head to Swansea in fourth round of League Cup
- Both sides are looking to bounce back from weekend defeats
David Moyes first competitive game as Manager of Manchester United was against Swansea. The 4-1 win in Wales got the Manager off to a flyer.
Within a year Swansea had knocked Moyes’ United out of the FA Cup and had beaten Louis van Gaal’s charges. Both at Old Trafford.
While games against the Swans have been a rarity. Since their return to the English top flight. Swansea have proved to be more than a banana skin for England’s most successful club.
Tonight they host the holders in the Carabao Cup round of sixteen a game in which Mourinho’s men must show fight.
Expect Changes For Both Sides
Mourinho is clearly unhappy with his squad after the Huddersfield defeat. Outfought by David Wagner’s side on Saturday, tonight will be a test of character.
While squad rotation has been the nature of this competition for sides in Europe. Mourinho is clearly someone who has taken this cup seriously.
Victor Lindelof would benefit from another outing and Luke Shaw will be in consideration to start.
Scott McTominay, Axel Tuanzebe, Matteo Darmian, Sergio Romero and Daley Blind could all be in line for starting berths. But in truth the line-up will depend on Mourinho’s reaction to Saturday.
He can offer his stars the chance to have another go or clear the decks and give youth & inexperience a chance.
Paul Clement has indicated that midfield summer signing Roque Mensa should start while Renato Sanches, Wilfried Bony and Kyle Bartley are all injured. Lukasz Fabianski may be rested.
With just eight points from their first nine games this should be a welcome distraction for Swansea and a chance to progress in the competition they won in 2013.
Mourinho Has History In This Competition
While Mourinho has managed teams to win this trophy on four occasions he has more recently advocated scrapping the competition.
If he can rotate his squad, get a win, clean sheet and confidence on the up he will be happy with his lot tonight.
For Clement an away win and a quarter final berth would give a much needed boost going into Saturday’s Premier League ties.
Given their recent form an away win is vital for Manchester United to stop any sort of rot tonight.
At some point in his Old Trafford career Mourinho will have to throw caution to the wind and partner Rashford and Martial up front. If he chooses to do so tonight the Liberty Stadium could be set for a feast of football.
Verdict: Swansea City 1-2 Manchester United