By Ollie Cranham-Young
- Rojo and McNair ruled through injury
- Jones could make first appearance of the season as Van Gaal confirms he will be on the bench
- Wilson and Lingard won’t feature after playing 90 minutes for under-21s on Monday night
Venue: Old Trafford Date and Kick-Off: Wednesday 23 September 8:00pm
Following Sunday’s successful encounter against Southampton which saw United clinch the three points after a tense afternoon on the south coast, we now turn our attention to the Capital One Cup in which United take on Ipswich at Old Trafford.
United begin their cup fightback to achieve cup silverware for the first time since their victory in the League Cup back in 2010. Following last year’s abysmal exit from the League Cup in the second round, the Reds will not only be looking to better that record but to try and go all the way and clinch their 5th League Cup.
As we all know, United are second in the table after their impressive yet tense victory over Southampton, it was a game in which we saw lots of fast, paced attack, something which we have been missing for a while, and it also clarified that United had successfully bounced back after their cruel and unfortunate defeat last week in Eindhoven.
Louis Van Gaal will be keen to maintain that momentum, going into a crucial set of games, which includes Wolfsburg, Arsenal, Everton and Manchester City.
As for Ipswich, they frustratingly drew against Birmingham on Friday (1-1) and furthermore were thrashed 5-1 by Reading a fortnight ago, despite. an impressive start to the Championship in which they are currently sat in 5th place. As a Championship side, they entered in the first round and have overcome Stevenage and Doncaster Rovers to earn a place in the Third Round which has given them an away tie to the coveted Old Trafford.
Ahead of three games in the week, Van Gaal looks set to rotate his squad for the tie against Ipswich. Giving some of first-team players that haven’t seen much action this season. So the likes of Valencia, Young, Fellaini will more than likely start the game. Due to several injuries in defence, Valencia and Young may well be used in the full-backs they filled in last season.
As well as the unfortunate injury to Luke Shaw, has also confirmed that Rojo will miss the game with a hamstring problem. Whilst McNair who replace Rojo in the second-half at St Mary’s on Sunday is also unavailable due to a minor knock. Good news for Phil Jones though, as Van Gaal confirmed the England International will be on the bench after returning to training after illness.
De Gea will probably be given the night off, with Romero returning between the sticks for this game. Young Brazilian Andreas Pereira is also likely to given his first start of season, maybe in the No.10 role. Two more youngsters who may have been hoping to make their starts of the season are Wilson and Lingard; but they both featured for 90 minutes in the under-21s on Monday night. And have been told they aren’t required for this game.
Ipswich are likely to play their strongest side to give them any chance of advancing to the next stage of the competition: Freddie Sears and Arsenal loanee Ainsley Maitland-Niles could feature for the Tractor Boys.
Freddie Sears is a youth product of West Ham United and failed to hit the heights during his time with them but has since rejuvenated his career with Ipswich, scoring 4 goals in 7 league appearances for them this season alone. We also might see Romero used in goal for United, with De Ga possibly being rested ahead of important upcoming league and Champions League fixtures. However we have no idea who will start up-front for United tomorrow: we don’t know whether Martial will start following superb recent display’s against Liverpool and Southampton, Rooney could also start to build up his fitness or maybe we will see James Wilson given first-team action for the first time this season.
It may not be the most important cup competition, but it is still a chance to win a cup nevertheless, and after a few disappointing campaigns, United are destined for silverware this time around. We all thought last year may be the year for cup silverware with no Champions League ties to contend with. However a shock 4-0 defeat to MK Dons last summer and an insufficient defeat to Arsenal in the FA Cup Quarter-Finals meant that United had to endure another season without silverware.
Louis Van Gaal will face another familiar foe in Mick McCarthy, who was the Republic or Ireland manager when they famously beat Van Gaal’s Dutch side in the 2002 World Cup Qualifiers. That will make it three familiar managers for Van Gaal in a week, following Dutch rivals Philip Cocu (PSV Eindhoven) and Ronald Koeman (Southampton).