It appears only two youngsters may be in line to start for Manchester United against Chelsea, Brandon Williams and James Garner.

Both players started for United against Partizan Belgrade last week, and they have overtaken the likes of Mason Greenwood, Angel Gomes and Tahith Chong, who were last night selected for the under-21s.

Garner and Williams have travelled with United’s first team to Chelsea for Wednesday night’s Carabao Cup clash.

Speaking about the pair, Solskjaer told United’s website: “We’ve not made a decision on who is going to play but you’ll probably see the two of them.”

The game is going to be tough, even if Chelsea rotate their side. The Blues are playing at a high level, sitting fourth in the Premier League and topping their Champions League group ahead of Ajax.

The competition gives United a chance to win silverware. Its understandable Ole Gunnar Solskjaer does not want to name a team which is too inexperienced.

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Biggest game yet

This is the biggest fixture for Brandon Williams and James Garner yet, even more so than Partizan.

The game will be like a Premier League match, and it’s knockout football.

The reward is clear, do it against Chelsea, and their places in the Premier League squad should be locked down for the coming weeks.


This is a great test for both players. Williams is hoping to show he should displace Ashley Young and Luke Shaw.

Garner has an opportunity to stake a claim to start for United ahead of Fred in the Premier League.

The pitch and Stamford Bridge will be better than the one in Partizan, and the atmosphere less hostile. These factors could help them both play even better than they did last week.

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Who could they face?

Williams at left-back could be going up against former Barcelona attacker Pedro, with the Evening Standard projecting him to start on Chelsea’s right wing. We still have unhappy memories of him scoring against us in the 2011 Champions League final.

This will be an interesting test, while Callum Hudson-Odoi could switch flanks to try and get the better of Williams if their initial plan is not working.

In midfield, James Garner could be battling a trio of Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, and Chelsea youngster Billy Gilmour.

The creative young Scot is very highly rated and his potential battle with Garner could decide the game.

If the night does not go well for Garner or Williams, in the long run, it will still be a valuable learning curve. They have to embrace it, and we are fascinated and hopeful to see how they get on.

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