MATCH PREVIEW: Luton Town vs. Manchester United (EFL Cup)

Still licking their wounds from Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at home to Crystal Palace, Manchester United return to action on Tuesday for the start of their Carabao Cup campaign away at Luton Town.

Build Up

Tuesday’s match will be the first meeting between these two teams since April 1992, when the points were shared in a 1-1 draw, while Luton have lost eight of their last 10 games with United.

I have said it before, but never underestimate your opponent and Luton have made a brilliant start to their Championship campaign, overcoming Barnsley on the opening weekend before recording a 2-1 home victory over Derby County on Saturday.

After that dismal display on Saturday, this could be an opportunity for fringe players to make an impact as position battles will be looked at closely by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in an attempt to get a spark from his first-team players.

Team News

Expect wholesale changes for Tuesday meaning this will be Dean Henderson’s first start as a United keeper. Donny van de Beek, Eric Bailly, Brandon Williams and Odion Ighalo all likely to come into the side.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Nemanja Matic should also play as they are short of match fitness, while Daniel James could switch to the left with Mason Greenwood operating on the right.

Harry Maguire is likely to keep his spot at the back, though, as Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe are still injured, while Chris Smalling will not be considered as he continues to be linked with an exit.

As a result, there is likely to be a spot in the squad for 18-year-old center-back Teden Mengi, who is now training with the first team on a full-time basis after making a big impression on Solskjaer.

Luton possible starting lineup:
Shea; Bree, Lockyer, Bradley, Norrington-Davies; Shinnie, Moncur, Tunnicliffe; Clark, Hylton, LuaLua

Man United possible starting lineup:
Henderson; Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Maguire, Williams; Matic, Fred; James, Van de Beek, Greenwood; Ighalo

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