A look at which United youngsters could get call against Colchester
Manchester United face Colchester in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night and it may not be straightforward.
Whichever XI United select will have to bring their A-game to see off a spirited side which have already knocked Tottenham out.
Fortunately the quarter-final tie is at Old Trafford and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may decide to bring in a handful of young players.
Solskjaer told the club website: “We’ve got a squad and we’ve got to rotate. We did that on Thursday and we’re going to make changes again because there are so many games. I think that the team we’re going to put out is strong enough to win the game. At home, against a League Two team, you’re big favourites and you’ve got to expect that.”
There were some notable omissions from United’s final under-23 game of the season on Monday night, while another player caught the eye.
Not all of these youngsters will feature, but at this stage they are in contention to at least get a place on the bench…
Gomes was controversially left out of United’s squad against AZ Alkmaar last week despite training with the squad.
United did name senior stars Marcus Rashford and Fred on the bench, and it could be that Gomes was promised he would feature this week instead.
Fans have been worrying Gomes may choose to leave the club after his recent omission, so a start here would be a positive step in persuading him to stay.
He was not involved for the under-23s in the 4-1 win over Reading.
Garner was another player who was absent from the under-23 win and he is a possible starter against Colchester.
He grew in confidence in the win over AZ Alkmaar and began to ping passes around like he did for the under-23s.
The young midfielder is a certainty to be in the squad, it is just a question of whether he starts or is on the bench.
Levitt was another absentee from Monday’s under-23 game with Reading.
It was a surprise he was not involved at all last week, and it is possible he is dealing with an injury.
The Welshman was really impressive on his United debut against Astana, and if he is fit, he could come into contention for a role.
The talented young Belgian was withdrawn at half-time for United in Monday night’s win.
Was this a deliberate change with a possible role earmarked for him against Colchester?
While the best he can hope for is likely a place on the bench, he has a chance to end 2019 on a high after making rapid progress this season.
Chong did get onto the bench and onto the pitch against AZ Alkmaar, and didn’t really make the most of it.
He was back with the under-23s on Monday, and did his best to state his case.
Chong scored one excellent goal and provided an assist and might have done enough to get a midweek spot.
He certainly won’t be a starter after playing the whole match on Monday. But a place among the substitutes could be in reach.
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