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EFL Cup 2017/18 - Manchester United vs Burton Albion: Match Preview

Smith Shah
3.01K   //    19 Sep 2017, 12:05 IST

Manchester United v FC Basel - UEFA Champions League
Jose Mourinho's 2nd season at Manchester United has begun just as expected

It's been a riveting start to the season for Manchester United. With 16 goals in 5 Premier League games, Jose Mourinho's men have been playing football, 'The United Way'.

The clash at home against Basel saw the Reds return to UEFA Champions League football after a gap of 2 years, having won the UEFA Europa League last year.

The Manchester United vs Burton Albion clash marks the start of the English League Cup, also known as the Carabao Cup.

Manchester United lifted this cup back in February, beating Southampton 3-2. The current form should see the Red Devils stroll through the championship side who are currently 19th in the championship table, with some poor performances in recent games.

With as many as six games in September, squad rotation will be the key. Mourinho will be expected to rest a majority of his first-team squad, and give a chance to the likes of Victor Lindelof, Chris Smalling, Micheal Carrick, Jesse Lingard, etc.

Speaking of the squad, the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Anthony Martial have been in the limelight for scoring and setting up plenty more, but the man who has made Manchester United tick, is Nemanja Matic.

He has been the midfield general of this United side and has added composure and balance that the Reds have lacked since Sir Alex left.

The U-23 Premier League 2 clash between Manchester United and Chelsea did not feature the likes of Luke Shaw, Scott McTominay and Angel Gomes, and it seems like the trio could be involved in the cup game at Old Trafford.

Manchester United v Southampton - EFL Cup Final
Manchester United will be bereft of injured trio - Rojo, Pogba and Zlatan

In other team news, Paul Pogba remains sidelined for at least another month or so, and Marcos Rojo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic seem to be making progress and aim at a return to first-team football around December/January.

Also read: 5 reasons why Paul Pogba will take over the English Premier League this season

With quick, attacking football, Manchester United should easily win this game and progress through to the next round. They've won every game at home this season, having scored 17 goals and conceded none - A stat Burton Albion will be aware of.

Player to watch out for: Anthony Martial

Manchester United v FC Basel - UEFA Champions League
Super-sub Anthony Martial has been in red-hot form and is expected to start against Burton Albion

Martial has just 1 start in the Premier League and played the game vs Basel in the UEFA Champions League.

Also read: Anthony Martial's Partial Harmony

However, he has come off the bench in the league four times and played a total of 122 mins, scoring thrice and assisting once. He has already improved on his performances from last season and is expected to start against Burton.

Match Details:

Venue: Old Trafford

Date: 20th September 2017

Time: Kick off at 20:00 BST(Local)

Predicted Line-ups:

Man United XI: Romero, Darmian, Smalling, Lindelof, Shaw, Herrera, Carrick, Lingard, McTominay, Gomes, Martial.

Burton XI: Bywater; Buxton, Fadzean, Turner; Brayford, Akins, Murphy, Allen, Warnock; Scannell, Sordell.

Predicted score:

Manchester United 4-1 Burton Albion.

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