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After the draw against Stoke, Manchester United were back to winning ways at the weekend when they put four past an Everton side, who never even went into second gear at Old Trafford. Jose Mourinho will be ecstatic with his side’s form and will hope that they can carry it into their third round League Cup tie against Burton Albion on Wednesday.
The Portuguese manager has a number of options at his disposal for this game and is expected to play a second-string side, which could still be too hard for Burton to beat. United will hope for nothing less than a victory.
The Red Devils are still without the likes of Marco Rojo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic while Paul Pogba recently joined the treatment table. However, they remain the only absentees for Mourinho, who has a plethora of talent to choose from for this game.
With De Gea deserving some rest, Mourinho should bring Romero back into the first team for this League Cup tie.
The Italian full-back has been used sparingly this season by United but he should start at right-back, giving Antonio Valencia a break.
The English defender is yet to earn the trust of Mourinho this season and this tie is the perfect opportunity for the duo to develop mutual trust.
The newbie for United, Lindelof has also failed to feature regularly in the first team at Old Trafford but he should partner Smalling in this game. He will look to put in a solid performance to make Mourinho take notice.
The former Southampton man has often been criticised by Mourinho but he should get a chance to start at left-back this mid-week.
The experienced midfielder should start as the deepest of the midfielders to add mettle to the midfield and security to a new look backline for United.
The Spaniard has also lost his place in the first team to Matic but he should start this game in the midfield, giving the Serb some rest.
The youngster has impressed time and again at the highest level and Mourinho should be ready to trust him in this tie against Burton.
After a mixed performance against Everton, Lingard will look to bounce back with a productive one this week in this domestic cup tie.
At just 17, Gomes is already turning a lot of heads in Europe and Mourinho should use this chance to give him some exposure at the highest level.
Having played from the bench against the Blues on Sunday, it is clear that Mourinho wanted him to lead the attack for his side in this game, which he should do.