Manchester United vs Burton Albion: Early confirmed team news

by Sam Peoples

Jose Mourinho has confirmed David de Gea, Antonio Valencia, Nemanja Matic and Eric Bailly will all miss Manchester United’s League Cup game with Burton Albion after being given time off.

All four players have featured heavily for Man United this season and allowing them two days off each should help them recuperate ahead of this weekend’s away trip to Southampton in the Premier League.

Speaking ahead of the game, Mourinho revealed: “I gave two days off only to four players. Apart from that, everybody is selected. Do you want to know which four? De Gea, Valencia, Matic and Bailly.”

The only player I thought might feature against Burton Albion was Matic but his absence means we’ll see a likely midfield pairing of Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera, or potentially Michael Carrick‘s first appearance of the season.

Ashley Young‘s fine recent performances mean he will slot in for Valencia but Mourinho also has Matteo Darmian who can play there, so we’ve got options and the pairing of Victor Lindelof and Chris Smalling should start in central defence.

Last season, Sergio Romero‘s competition was the Europa League and he played all the way through until the final. This season, the League Cup is where the Argentinian goalkeeper will be getting his game time and that’s absolutely the right decision from Mourinho.

We’ll bring you the confirmed team news later this evening before the match as always.

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