Sir Alex will certainly have one eye on another difficult game on Saturday against Tottenham in the league. This could result in an opportunity for Jesse Lingard and Larnell Cole tonight, another pair of promising young players trying to break through. Their level of involvement will depend on whether Sir Alex wants to go with a slightly more experienced midfield against real contenders for the cup. There is also the possible inclusion of Bebe who will need a game and is desperate to impress after little first-team opportunities at Old Trafford since his move from Portugal.
With a lot of options up front, it will be intriguing to see how United set up in attack. Players such as Federico Macheda, Angelo Henriquez and Joshua King are all hoping for action. I personally would love Henriquez to be given a start after his recent move to the club. Little is known about the Chilean forward but I'm excited about seeing a player who scored 14 goals in ten appearances at Under-20 international level. Macheda has only played 33 senior games since bursting on to the scene in 2009 and you get the sense this could be a defining season for the Italian, not least with the enthusiastic likes of King now queuing up for their stint in the spotlight.
Whoever is selected by Sir Alex, I’m looking forward to seeing another glimpse of United’s exciting future in a challenging test.