Harry Maguire.

Early team news for our cup tie against Brighton

Monday 28 September 2020 17:29

Manchester United are likely to make changes again when Brighton & Hove Albion provide the opposition for the second time in four days.

The Reds won 3-2 at the Amex Stadium at the weekend but both teams are set to have a different look when the Carabao Cup fourth-round clash kicks off at 19:45 BST on Wednesday night.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made 10 alterations to his line-up for last week's 3-0 victory at Luton Town, with only skipper Harry Maguire retained. The boss said at Kenilworth Road that the centre-back always wants to play and it would be no surprise if he led the team out again in midweek.

Ole suggested he will make "some changes" for this latest encounter with the Seagulls, which could mean Dean Henderson keeping goal after his clean sheet on his debut for the club at Luton.

Juan Mata received plenty of plaudits after opening the scoring from the penalty spot against the Hatters, while Eric Bailly's powerful performance suggests he has probably earned another start.

Daniel James and Odion Ighalo did not make the bench on Saturday, which may offer a clue to their potential involvement, while Brandon Williams, Donny van de Beek, Fred and Jesse Lingard started in the last cup tie and will also be in the manager's thinking.

Our cameras at the Aon Training Complex on Monday spotted the likes of Diogo Dalot, Tim Fosu-Mensah, Teden Mengi and Andreas Pereira taking part in the session.

We are planning to speak to Ole on Tuesday to hopefully obtain a clearer picture of his plans and, of course, we'll confirm the line-up an hour before kick-off on Wednesday.


Albion boss Graham Potter made 11 changes to his side that won at Newcastle United when beating Preston North End in the previous round at Deepdale.

Alireza Jahanbakhsh has been promoting his claims, also coming off the bench to good effect at the weekend, as he and Alexis Mac Allister have scored in both the Preston and Portsmouth wins in the competition. Midfielder Yves Bissouma is still suspended.

No doubt Potter and his charges will be keen to exact revenge for the dramatic defeat last time out but, just as United will have one eye on Tottenham on Sunday, the home side will also be planning for their next Premier League assignment - at high-flying Everton.

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