After another excellent Premier League victory, Manchester United’s attentions will now have turned towards defending their EFL Cup (now called the Carabao Cup) crown. First up, a home game against Burton – who play in the second tier of English football; The Championship.
The game will be by no means easy, but it’ll be a welcome break from taking on some of the toughest Premier League sides every weekend. It also gives Jose Mourinho the chance to rest his stars, whilst getting a look at some of the squad players who have found minutes hard to come by.
It’s also the type of match in which the potential stars of the future are born. We can sometimes get a look at some of the talented products that are coming out of our academy, so we’ve decided to discuss three players who could get their chance on Wednesday night.
This lad is going to be a star of the future, there is absolutely no doubt about that. Gomes was handed his debut at the back end of last season as a 16-year-old – and although it was only a cameo, he didn’t look out of place.
He’s made another brilliant start to life with United’s reserve side, and this game against Burton would be the perfect opportunity to hand him his first Manchester United start.
Joel Pereira, like his manager, hails from Portugal. He’s been in and around the squad over the last twelve months or so, and has played a few games himself. For a young goalkeeper, I love his calmness in between the sticks as that rubs off on his defenders; giving them more confidence.
If there is going to be any starts for Pereira, 21, this season, it’ll come in cup games like this. My only concern is the fact that Sergio Romero hasn’t played any minutes either this season, and the gaffer will want to keep the Argentine happy.
The tall midfielder acquitted himself brilliantly on pre-season tour – he also scored his first United goal whilst in the United States back in July. Understandably, we haven’t seen him at the start of the season, but I fully expect him to be involved in some capacity against Burton.
He’s got two great feet, some good height and a real eye for a pass. He deserves a chance to start for the Red Devils because he’s earned it. Perhaps Paul Pogba’s injury could do him a favour…