Swansea manager Paul Clement set to hand fringe players a chance for Manchester United clash

by Leo Nieboer

Swansea City boss Paul Clement has noted that he will name a notably changed starting XI for the League Cup clash with Manchester United on Tuesday night.

The Welsh side find themselves above the relegation zone only on goal difference following a deserved defeat at home to managerless Leicester City on Saturday.

And Clement, speaking soon after the game, made it clear that he would make some considerable changes to his line-up for the League Cup meeting with Man United.

“We’ll reflect on this and then I’ll think about the side for Tuesday,” he said.

“I think based on some of the performances, not just today but going back eight or nine games, it’s time for some other players to have some opportunity. So I’m thinking about doing that on Tuesday.”

The former Real Madrid and Bayern Munich assistant is by no means throwing in the towel here, but rather doing what any dextrous manager fighting for Premier League survival would do.

And the League Cup, in this sense, presents a perfect opportunity to opt for something slightly different – to add some different ingredients to the formula and see what comes out on the other side.

But this is a gamble: dropping the likes of Tommy Carroll, Renato Sanches and Kyle Naughton in favour of players normally consigned to the bench may give Clement something encouraging he can work with, but it could also pave the way for United to dominate proceedings and overpower the South Wales side for the second time this season.

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