After a tough Premier League loss to Crystal Palace on Saturday, Manchester United switch their attention to the Carabao Cup, traveling to Luton Town in the third round of the competition. The Championship side will be no pushovers, and have been in good recent form, including a weekend win against Derby County. That said, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is likely to name a heavily rotated side. Solskjaer admitted that his team are suffering from a lack of preseason preparation, and with games coming thick and fast over the coming weeks, he will need as many of his players to achieve match fitness as quickly as possible.
Dean Henderson is reportedly in line for his full debut in goal, while players for whom Saturday’s league match came too soon could be in line to make their first starts of the season: Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Brandon Williams, and Fred, to name a few. It would not be a surprise to see Donny van de Beek get his first United start as well.
Carabao Cup schedule
It’s a 20:15 kickoff in the UK, which translates to 3:15 PM on the east coast of the U.S. and a lunchtime 12:15 on the west.
Carabao Cup channel
Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football for those in the UK. Everyone else, head on over to LiveSoccerTV to find your viewing options.
Carabao Cup streaming
Sky Sports’ streaming service for those in the UK. In the States, you can catch the game exclusively on ESPN+. If you’re in Canada, you can stream the game through DAZN.
Prediction: Dean Henderson; Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Eric Bailly, Teden Mengi, Brandon Williams; Fred, Donny van der Beek; Daniel James, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard; Odion Ighalo.
Update: 9 out of 11. Nemanja Matić partners Fred in midfield, and Mengi has to be content with a place on the bench because Maguire is apparently contractually obligated to start every match.
Here's how we line up to face Luton in our #CarabaoCup third-round encounter #MUFC— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 22, 2020
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