Going out of the Carabao Cup in the third round was not in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans.
The chance to win a trophy is never one a club as silverware-starved as this current United side should pass up.
But from a pragmatic perspective, if you are not going to win the competition, you might as well go out early to conserve energy elsewhere.
With United out of the cup, the club get a little fixture breather in the Premier League.
When United’s midweek rest comes in
The Carabao Cup fourth round will be held on the week beginning October 25.
This meant the next game would have been held in between the game at home to Liverpool on Sunday 24 and the away trip to Tottenham on Saturday October 30.
Opponents Tottenham are still in the competition after a penalty shootout win over Wolves.
Tottenham’s reward was a tough away tie to Sean Dyche’s Burnley.
So while Spurs are battling in midweek at Turf Moor, right after a league away trip to West Ham, Manchester United will be resting up.
This is the kind of advantage which suits Solskjaer’s United, and the team will be expected to win at Spurs.
The following round of the cup would be held week of December 21. But there isn’t an advantage to be had here for United other than getting the rest.
United’s subsequent opponents are Newcastle on Boxing Day, who are also already out of the competition.
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