Sunday’s 1-1 draw with West Ham United killed off their hopes of winning the Premier League title this season. Revenge, though, is at hand.
The Hammers return to Old Trafford tonight in the EFL Cup quarter-final, with a place in January’s semi-finals up for grabs.
United’s fourth successive draw at home in the Premier League cast a long shadow, with many fans expecting more from Mourinho and his expensively assembled squad.
Wednesday’s game becomes all the more important because of this, with the team desperate for a win.
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Mourinho has a choice to make in goal. Is Sergio Romero worthy of a start or does he save him for Zorya Luhansk next week? Wins would see United progress to the EFL Cup semi-final and the last 32 of the Europa League, so Mourinho may opt choose David De Gea for both.
In defence, Luke Shaw replaces Matteo Darmian at left back having missed out last weekend, with Blind and Rojo in the centre. Antonio Valencia, a Mourinho favourite, should start on the right.
Michael Carrick returns in midfield, recovered from the hip injury which forced him to miss Sunday’s game. He partners Ander Herrera. Marouane Fellaini and Paul Pogba are both suspended after picking up their fifth bookings of the season against West Ham.
It means a more attacking approach, with Anthony Martial and Henrikh Mkhitaryan back in the starting XI on the flanks. The Frenchman, like Shaw, was absent from Sunday’s matchday squad but should provide some spark on the left. Marcus Rashford has struggled recently on that side of the pitch and is overdue a rest.
Wayne Rooney will likely return to the starting XI in the number 10 role, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic up front. The Swede scored on Sunday, heading in from Pogba’s delightful delivery in the first half. Mourinho will be hoping to see his former charge at Inter Milan do the same tonight, with a place in the semi-finals of a domestic competition at stake.