Sometimes you have to question the thinking of the FA when they decided to throw Carabao Cup matches in the middle of a packed Christmas match schedule.
Match Build Up
United head to Goodison Park off the back of a remarkable 6-2 win over Leeds on Sunday as they play Everton on Wednesday. This match falls in the middle of a potentially season-defining run for United with Leicester, Wolves, and Aston Villa all lying in wait.
Everton come into the match off the back of three successive wins, while United have won six of their last seven outings domestically and find themselves in third place in the EPL table. United won all six of his away League Cup matches heading over to Merseyside.
Two of those away League Cup wins have come this season, with United cruising to 3-0 victories against Luton Town and Brighton & Hove Albion so far, and they could now advance to the semi-final of this competition in back-to-back seasons for the first time in more than a decade.
Predicted Manchester United Lineup
It can be expected that United will be deploying their traditional cup lineup to give the first team players some rest…. in theory. That means Dean Henderson will more than likely be in goal in an attempt to regain some trust after his lackluster showing last week against Sheffield United.
Alex Telles, Edinson Cavani, Donny van de Beek, and Paul Pogba all pushing for starts. Juan Mata started in the last round against Brighton and so will be hopeful of another start.
Eric Bailly, Nemanja Matic, and Mason Greenwood are among the other players pushing for starts, but Marcus Rashford will also be hoping to retain his place having netted five goals in his six away league games this season.
Manchester United possible starting lineup:
Henderson; Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Maguire, Telles; Matic, Pogba; Mata, Fernandes, Van de Beek; Cavani