David De Gea
Antonio Valencia, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Daley Blind
Bastian Schweinsteiger, Ander Herrera
Ashley Young, Marouane Fellaini, Andreas Pereira
David De Gea may keep his first team place in order for him to continue his return to full match fitness. However there is a chance that recently benched Sergio Romero or, young pre-season star Sam Johnstone will get a chance.
Antonio Valencia looks likely to start as he’s lacked game time this season and, was subbed on for Matteo Darmian due to the Italian looking fatigued.
Paddy McNair, Marcos Rojo, Jesse Lingard and James Wilson have all been ruled out so Louis van Gaal has basically been forced into playing a strong side.
Manchester United’s midfield depth has put stars like Herrera and Bastian as second choice. As Schneiderlin and Carrick started against Southampton it seems likely that the Spaniard and the German will play against Ipswich.
Phil Jones could be forced into an early return, following McNair and Rojo’s injuries but, there’s also the chance that Michael Carrick will fill in at the back, as he has done in seasons past.
It could be a good chance for Ashley Young and Marouance Fellaini to stake their first team claim, or at least to keep them sharp for when they’re needed.
In Fellaini’s predicted attacking midfield position, LvG could just as easily play Wayne Rooney to keep building the relationship between him and Anthony Martial.
Hopefully, Manchester United’s pre-season idol, Andreas Pereira will get a chance to impress. The Brazilian youngster has made his way through the youth system in the last couple of years and is now on the outskirts of the first team.
It won’t be long before Pereira is ready to make his push into the United first team, but for now, any game time will help to progress his development.
It’s always tough to predict who will play in a League Cup match, especially when it comes to Manchester United, as it’s a minor trophy and starts so early in the season. Premier League managers rarely come under scrutiny for fielding a weaker team.
Last season, Louis van Gaal completely flipped his line up and implemented an unfamiliar 3 at the back formation. At least in this cup match, Jonny Evans won’t be there to fail at every possible opportunity.