In an eagerly anticipated Carabao Cup showdown, Manchester United prepares to face Newcastle at Old Trafford on Wednesday night. Erik ten Hag’s team, victorious in last season’s final against Newcastle, will be aiming to maintain their stronghold in the competition. However, the Red Devils face uncertainties regarding key players’ fitness.
One major concern for United is the fitness of Casemiro, who remains a doubt for the match. The Brazilian midfielder’s ankle injury, sustained during international duty with Brazil, has sidelined him from recent fixtures. His absence from the squad against Manchester City raises questions about his availability against Newcastle.
While Aaron Wan-Bissaka has returned to training, he is unlikely to feature, and the defensive lineup might see the inclusion of Raphael Varane and Sergio Reguilon. In the attacking department, Erik ten Hag may introduce fresh faces, with Alejandro Garnacho and Antony poised for opportunities on the wings. Anthony Martial could lead the line, provided Ten Hag decides to rest Rasmus Hojlund.
Additionally, Kobbie Mainoo, returning to full fitness, is expected to be in the squad. However, he might start from the bench as he looks to earn his first minutes of the season.
Here’s the predicted Manchester United XI: Ten Hag; Dalot, Varane, Maguire, Reguilon; Amrabat, McTominay, Mount; Antony, Martial, Garnacho.
- Injured: Martinez, Malacia, Shaw, Amad
- Doubts: Casemiro, Wan-Bissaka
The match is scheduled for 8:15 pm GMT on Wednesday, November 1, 2023, at Old Trafford. Football enthusiasts can expect an exciting clash as both teams vie for a spot in the next round of the Carabao Cup. Stay tuned for live updates and analysis on this thrilling encounter