Three days after the Premier League duel at the Olympic Stadium in London, Manchester United will play tonight (20.45) against West Ham for the second time, this time at Old Trafford in the third round of the English League Cup.
This competition have always been in the background for the best clubs in England and it served mainly to give the chance to young players or to get some player back in shape. Three days ago, the team from Old Trafford was better, they won 2: 1, and the hero of the match was the Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea, who saved the penalty to Mark Noble, the captain of the Hammers, in the last moments of the match.
De Gea will not be on the home team's goal tonight, and Dean Henderson or Tom Heaton could get a chance. Manager Ole Gunar Solskjaer will play with the second team. He announced that the match will start with Jesse Lingard, who returned to form last season in a West Ham jersey in the second part of the Premier League, when he was on loan.
The great news for United is that after 20 months of recovery from a severe knee injury, defender Phil Jones will finally come on the field.
Jones has played more than 200 games for Manchester. "I'm so happy for Phil.
He played two 90-minute games for United's young team. He didn't have a knee problem. He worked hard in recent months to be on the field." "He will be in the team, this is a good day for him and for everyone."
"I know what kind of hell he went through in the previous period, what challenges he had. It was uncertain whether he would be able to play football at all, whether he would be able to walk and play with the children in the garden," Solskjer told duel in London, Sky Sports reports.
Alex Telles, last year's reinforcement from Porto, is also returning to the team. United's attack could be led by Uruguayan Edinson Cavani, who has recovered from injury. Eric Baily, Victor Lindelof, Diogo Dalot, Donnie van de Beek, Juan Mata and Anthony Martial could also be in the starting lineup, and young Anthony Elanga and Teden Mengi could also get a chance.
This match is coming too early for Marcus Rashford who is not ready yet. The English national team player did not play a minute in the new season. West Ham manager David Moyes, a former Manchester United strategist, will probably perform with a "colorful" line-up at the Olf Trafford.
Michael Antonio is returning after the suspension, but the Scottish expert will probably save him for the Premier League match for the weekend against Leeds.