Manchester United aim to join Arsenal and Manchester City in the semi finals of the League Cup by defeating Bristol City tonight – but how will Jose Mourinho line up?
The United boss has already admitted he will make changes – but ‘not too many’ – as he takes the Championship promotion chasers seriously.
Mourinho’s biggest selection issue comes at right back. The injury to Antonio Valencia is likely to have the most significant impact on how he sends his team out and it means United will probably play a four man defence in front of Sergio Romero.
This is because Axel Tuanzebe, the youngster likely to get the nod in Valencia’s place, is unfamiliar playing the wing back role that Mourinho has favoured in recent away games (though United did return to a four man defence at the Hawthorns). Of course, Ashley Young could play that role as he switched to the right on Sunday, while Luke Shaw could play a left wing back role, but it seems certain at least one of those players will be required to play on Saturday at Leicester.
Also at the back, Victor Lindelof should get a run out after being benched recently, while Phil Jones is likely to continue his return to fitness. Herrera and McTominay are likely to get the nod alongside Paul Pogba, with the Frenchman available after suspension and Jose keen to get any ring rust out of his star player.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan seems set for a run out and it seems likely that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be given his first start since returning from injury. One of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford will likely start; given Rashford started on Sunday, we feel Martial completes the team tonight.