Jose Mourinho noted ahead of a busy September month that he would rotate his squad and the upcoming League Cup clash with Burton Albion on Wednesday night serves as the perfect opportunity to do just that.
And the clash with the Championship side, currently lying in 19th spot, gives Mourinho a chance to field a number of fringe players vying for a place in the first team.
With that in mind, here is a potential XI for the clash with Burton including Angel Gomes and Scott McTominay.
Gomes received a taste of the big time last season, coming on for the final moments of a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace, and has been an effervescent force for the Under 18s this season, claiming two goals against FC Basel and then a goal and an assist during a stunning 4-3 comeback win against Arsenal.
He stands above the rest by some distance; the liveliness and innovation hallmarking his approach belies the fact that he turned 17 less than a month ago.
McTominay, on the other hand, has already proven over pre-season, as well as against Crystal Palace back in May, a capacity to thrive in Mourinho’s system. He offers a bold and disciplined yet forward-thinking dynamic at the core of proceedings and could thrive alongside Michael Carrick, who still hasn’t made an appearance this season.