Carabao Cup Preview: Manchester United vs. Burnley

Manchester United are back in competitive action this week, with Burnley making the short trip to Old Trafford for a Carabao Cup clash.

The Red Devils recorded a 4-2 victory over Aston Villa to advance to this stage of the competition, while Burnley have beaten both Shrewsbury Town and Crawley Town in this season’s tournament.

With the return of many members of Erik ten Hag’s squad after the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, United’s ranks are set to be bolstered ahead of the fixture against the Championship table-toppers.

United have not been in competitive action since November 13, when they recorded a 2-1 victory over Fulham in the Premier League, with Alejandro Garnacho scoring the winner in the 93rd minute.

The result left the Red Devils in the fifth spot in the Premier League table, three points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur, with a game in hand on the North London club; Erik ten Hag’s side will be back in league action against Nottingham Forest on December 27, but their immediate focus is on the EFL Cup.

United will again be without the services of Axel Tuanzebe through injury, while Diogo Dalot is a doubt with the hamstring problem that he picked up while representing Portugal at the World Cup.

Jadon Sancho is also a major doubt, having recently been on an individual fitness programme, with the Englishman not travelling to Spain for the team’s winter training camp, which included matches against Cadiz and Real Betis.

Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez are definitely out of this match due to their involvement in the World Cup final, but there are expected to be players who featured in the competition that start on Wednesday.

One of those could be club captain Harry Maguire, who might be rushed back due to Ten Hag’s lack of options in that area of the field, while Tyrell Malacia and Christian Eriksen could also feature.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka might get the nod at right-back, while Anthony Elanga, Donny van de Beek, Garnacho and Anthony Martial could also be in the XI.

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