Manchester United face Middlesbrough in the League Cup after a disappointing draw with City during weekend’s Derby. They face Crystal Palace next in the EPL, and despite the fact that Palace will most certainly be a tough opponent away from home, it is not known if LVG will feature key members of his first team or stick with the youth side. A dominant team B side was deployed against Ipswich Town in the last League Cup, and that is likely to be seen again.
Romero will get the starting nod in this game after losing his spot to De Gea as first choice. The Argentine has seen his role reduced to a reserve keeper and backup.
Chris Smalling is bound to be rested after a series of matches. Blind could return to the defense pack with Jones in the centre half after sitting out in recent matches. Phil Jones will need the match to continue his fitness. Young could return to the right back position after been absent from action in recent matches, and Rojo will start right at the left.
Michael Carrick was missing in the crucial Derby at weekend. The Middlebrough match could be used to continue his fitness journey, and he should pair with Schneiderlin in heart of the midfield.
Andreas Pereira was excellent against Ipswich Town, scoring a brilliant free kick in his full debut. He should get a game time today in the middle of the midfield, while Memphis Depay is likely to get a recall to the left wing after sitting out on the bench in the last 3 games due to his poor performances. Jesse Lingard is beginning to stake a claim in the starting lineup, and he was close to getting a goal in the Derby. Mata will probably be rested for the 22 year-old right winger to shine once again.
After starting out on the left wing in the absence of Depay from the starting lineup in the last 3 games, Anthony Martial could be returned to the front, or James Wilson who has been missing for a while could be handed a start.