How to follow United's cup clash with West Ham
Manchester United will be looking to register a second win over West Ham United in the space of four days when we meet the London club again on Wednesday evening, this time in the Carabao Cup.
The Hammers are the visitors to Old Trafford for a third-round tie this Wednesday, 22 September at 19:45 BST on the back of our thrilling away win in the Premier League at the weekend.
This time, the reward for a victory will be a place in the next round of a competition we have reached the semi-finals in for the last two seasons in a row.
Ahead of our first floodlit game at the Theatre of Dreams in 2021/22, here is everything you need to know…
HOW TO FOLLOW
There are a limited number of tickets still available for Wednesday evening’s match that can be purchased online from manutd.com/tickets.
The game will be broadcast live in the UK on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football, while MUTV will offer exclusive build-up, radio commentary and post-match analysis in a packed programme that begins at 18:40 BST.
We will also have coverage of the fixture for you on ManUtd.com and in our Official App, where you can get the team news, track in-game data and see all the reaction following the final whistle.
Ole hinted at changes in the aftermath of Sunday’s triumph, while confirming that Jesse Lingard will definitely start Wednesday’s match.
Our no.14, who netted the winner against his former loan club at the weekend, has now come off the bench to score in consecutive Premier League matches and will be bidding to impress again in midweek, this time from the off.
It remains to be seen who will join Jesse in the XI, but if David De Gea is given a rest after his penalty-saving exploits, there could be a return to the first-team matchday squad for Dean Henderson, and perhaps a competitive United debut for summer signing Tom Heaton who was on the bench at the London Stadium.
As far as outfield players go, the boss has recently suggested that we could see more of full-back Diogo Dalot in the weeks to come, so he could get a start.
Two more defenders, Phil Jones and Alex Telles, have returned to training recently and are continuing to work their way back to full fitness, as is Edinson Cavani who could be in contention for a place in the starting line-up for the first time this campaign.
There could also be opportunities for youngsters such as Anthony Elanga, who impressed in pre-season and was on target in the Under-23s’ victory over Brighton & Hove Albion at the weekend.
The Reds go into this tie unbeaten in the last 17 home games against the Hammers, a run that dates back to the final day of the 2006/07 Premier League season when Carlos Tevez netted the decisive goal in a narrow win for the London club. We have met back-to-back like this before too, in October 2016 when a rampant display saw us overcome West Ham 4-1 on home soil, at the quarter-final stage of the League Cup, just a few days after a 1-1 draw in the Premier League on the same ground.
One major absentee for the Hammers at the weekend was top scorer Michail Antonio who was serving a one-match suspension following a red card in his previous domestic outing against Southampton. The forward is now in contention to return to David Moyes’ XI for Wednesday’s game and if he does, he will be looking to add to his five goals in five matches across all competitions already this season.
Should the score of Wednesday evening’s fixture be level after 90 minutes, it will go straight to penalties with no extra-time in this season’s competition until the semi-final stage. There will also be no VAR in operation prior to the last-four ties, while in terms of substitutions, each team will be allowed to make three from a possible seven players named on their respective benches during games in the tournament.
Six third-round matches are scheduled for Wednesday night, with the draw for the next stage set to be conducted live on Sky Sports, straight after the game.
The encounter is one of three ties being played between Premier League teams. Also at 19:45 BST, Chelsea face Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers host Tottenham Hotspur.