The Reds’ EFL Cup campaign starts on Tuesday night as they travel to Kenilworth Road to face The Hatters.
They will be looking to book their spot in the fourth round of a competition they did well in last season when they reached the semi-finals only to bow out on aggregate to Manchester City.
The two sides enter the game in contrasting terms.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side lost their 2020-21 Premier League opener at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday. Luton have made an excellent start to their new Championship season, recording two wins from two games.
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The home team are again expected to be without the services of Dan Potts through injury, while both Brendan Galloway and Eunan O’Kane are still missing for the Championship club.
Defender Tom Lockyer should be available after a bout of cramp, though, and the team is expected to have a similar look to the one that face Reading in the last round of the cup.
As a result, George Moncur, Jordan Clarke, Andrew Shinnie and Danny Hylton should all come in, while there is also likely to be a start for former United youngster Ryan Tunnicliffe.
The gaffer confirmed on Monday that there will be changes made for the game.
Dean Henderson looks to make his first-team debut for the club. Eric Bailly, Brandon Williams and Odion Ighalo are all likely to be in the side.
Players like Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Nemanja Matic and Fred are all short on match-fitness so they could play some part ahead of the weekend’s visit to Brighton.
Phil Jones continues to be out injured and this game might have come too soon for Axel Tuanzebe.
Tuesday’s clash will be the first meeting between the two sides since April 1992, when the sides shared points in a 1-1 draw.
Lee Sharpe was the goalscorer on the day.
In terms of the head-to-head, United have come out tops in 8 of the past 10 meetings with Luton’s last win coming in March 1987.
Luton will certainly be the underdogs heading into the contest, but there is no question that The Hatters will be feeling good about themselves after an excellent start to the 2020/21 season.
Nathan Jones’ side have already played twice in the EFL Cup this term to advance to this stage, beating Norwich City 3-1 at home in the first round. overcoming Reading 1-0 at the Madejski in the previous round.
It would be fair to say that the team will have one eye on their next league game against Watford.They know a chance to play Manchester United doesn’t come along too often, let alone dump them out of a competition. It’ll be an encounter they relish.
Thoughts on United
The Reds, as mentioned above, will be entering the match on the back of a disappointing 3-1 home defeat to Palace in their league opener.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reiterated the importance of this game no matter the opponent and won’t be taking this lightly.
It is an opportunity to not just give players game-time. Also to get the first win of the season and find some semblance of form.
United last won this competition in 2017 under Jose Mourinho. This will be looking to go all the way again after getting so close last season.
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