Manchester United Football Club have had one of the worst weeks in recent memory, with Jose Mourinho’s side losing three key games in the space of nine days. Now, attentions turn to the EFL Cup, with a visit to Northampton Town on the cards tomorrow.
This tournament is often the one that managers care the least about, and although Mourinho would love to win it, I certainly expect him to rest some key players and give youth a chance.
We’ve taken a look at three academy starlets who could well make their first appearance of the season in this one.
Sam Johnstone – The young keeper has been at United for years and has always been reliable when called upon. It would make sense to start the Englishman in this one, especially if Jose Mourinho doesn’t really fancy Sergio Romero – who also hasn’t played so far this season.
Timothy Fosu-Mensah – Fosu-Mensah just has to start here. The Dutch starlet hasn’t been on the pitch for a single minute of action so far, and he shown so much promise in the latter parts of last campaign it’s actually frightening.
Although we know our new manager isn’t a big believer in youth, the 18-year-old has already proven himself at the highest level, so it seems a bit daft to not play him.
Axel Tuanzebe – The centre-back has been given a place in Jose Mourinho’s squad list which shows just how highly he is rated. He has always done brilliantly at youth level, and he went on pre-season tour which would’ve been a massive confidence booster.
With a lack of depth in the defensive areas, Tuanzebe could well get his big chance tomorrow night which would be absolutely amazing for him.