Manchester United will be up against Burton Albion in the Carabao Cup today, with Nigeria international Hope Akpan expected to feature.
Manchester United return to action today in the Carabao Cup with a home fixture against Championship side, Burton Albion. The Red Devils will be expected to stroll over their opponents in this one, given their fine start to the season. Also. Jose Mourinho will be expected to hand game time to some of the players who have struggled for minutes this term.
Defender Luke Shaw, midfielder Michael Carrick and goalkeeper Sergio Romero could start Manchester United’s Carabao Cup third-round match against Burton.
Goalkeeper David de Gea, defenders Antonio Valencia and Eric Bailly, and midfielder Nemanja Matic will be rested, while defenders Marcos Rojo and Axel Tuanzebe, and midfielder Paul Pogba are injured.
Burton will be without Liam Boyce (injured) and John Brayford (cup-tied), however midfielders Hope Akpan and Matty Palmer could return.
United have been eliminated from the League Cup in two of the past three games played at Old Trafford against lower-league opponents – most recently losing out in a penalty shootout to Middlesbrough in October 2015.
They have reached the fourth round in eight of the past nine seasons, the exception being in 2014-15, losing out to Championship side MK Dons 4-0 in the second round.
Burton Albion are at the third-round stage for just the third time in their history, losing to teams in the second and fourth tiers on those occasions.
They have faced Premier League opposition on three occasions in the League Cup, with the Brewers being eliminated twice and progressing past QPR in August 2014.