Manchester United return to Brighton on Wednesday night for a Carabao Cup fourth round clash.
After the Premier League tie was decided with the final kick on Saturday, United know this will be a tough game.
Even so, a series of changes are expected from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as he looks to freshen up the team, give other players opportunities, and rest key starters ahead of the Premier League tie with Tottenham this coming Sunday.
In total we are going for as many as 10 changes, with Harry Maguire the only starter from Saturday to retain his place.
Some changes are more certain than others. For instance, Dean Henderson will get another chance in goal.
Eric Bailly will also return at centre-back with Victor Lindelof getting a rest. Most probably it will be Harry Maguire who partners him.
Brandon Williams will most likely come in for Luke Shaw at left-back too.
A chance to shine
Right-back is more unclear. Aaron Wan-Bissaka is still trying to work his way back to full fitness.
This could provide a chance for either Diogo Dalot or Timothy Fosu-Mensah to feature. There is a good chance it could be the Portuguese defender, who was on the bench last week.
In midfield United’s options are fairly clear. It should be Fred, Scott McTominay, and Donny van de Beek as a midfield trio.
Dan James could be recalled to the team too. United should pick him in his favoured left wing position.
Juan Mata and Odion Ighalo would complete the line up, having previously linked up well in cup games.
There is a case to put Anthony Martial in, with the hope that he can score and rediscover some confidence after a low-key opening couple of games to start the season.
Brighton are also expected to rotate their team, but won’t give United an easy game by any stretch.
While this line up may be lacking a little up top, United still boast a strong defence and midfield which should provide the platform for a win to reach the next round.
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