8 Manchester United players who need game time v Everton
Manchester United will rotate the team for the Carabao Cup quarter-final with Everton on Wednesday.
United switched the team up earlier in the competition, and with Premier League matches against Leicester City and Wolves following days later, it is important to use the squad wisely.
The match will provide a valuable opportunity for fringe players to stake their claims.
Dean Henderson is guaranteed to start, while Nemanja Matic and Mason Greenwood could also be recalled after dropping out against Leeds. Dan James could be given a second successive start.
Elsewhere, there are more players who have barely played over the past few months, or have featured very irregularly. Here is a look at eight of them who are in need of game time…
Brandon Williams: Last seen starting for the under-23s, Brandon Williams played in both previous Carabao Cup games. His last appearance was as a substitute in Leipzig.
Timothy Fosu-Mensah: He has not started a game since the first match of the season. He also played as a substitute in Leipzig. If Alex Telles starts at left-back, it could be between Fosu-Mensah and Williams for the right-back spot.
Eric Bailly: Centre-back Eric Bailly has not kicked a ball for United since the 6-1 loss to Tottenham. He was on the bench against Leeds and did start both previous Carabao Cup games, keeping clean sheets in both.
Axel Tuanzebe: United’s hero of Paris has not kicked on since. His last appearance was as a substitute in Leipzig. He needs game time, and could feature alongside Bailly – or Solskjaer could go with just one of them.
Donny van de Beek: We should be concerned if Donny van de Beek does not start this one. He began both Carabao Cup games earlier in the season, and has not started a match since the West Ham win.
Jesse Lingard: The Carabao Cup brought Jesse Lingard his only two appearances of the season, one as a starter and the other from the bench. He may have some involvement here, it will depend on the role Van de Beek plays, whether it be deeper or in Fernandes’ role.
Edinson Cavani: An injury has halted Cavani’s progress and he needs a start here to get back on track. The Uruguayan has already scored at Goodison Park this season and will be looking for another.
Odion Ighalo: This could be one of Ighalo’s last chances to play a meaningful role before his loan deal expires. He started both previous Carabao Cup games, and was last seen as a last minute substitute against PSG. A bench role is most likely here.
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