OLD TRAFFORD, Sporting Alert – Andreas Pereira, Ander Herrera, Marouane Fellaini and Antonio Valencia are all in line to start for Manchester United in Wednesday’s Capital One Cup tie against Ipswich at Old Trafford.
Manager Louis van Gaal is expected to rotate his squad for the clash with the visiting Championships side and the four players look well set to come into the starting XI.
Pereira has been regarded as one of the bright futures of Manchester United and he has impressed the manager, both in training and in his attitude to improving his game.
This is why the Brazilian attacking midfielder was named in the squad for the Cup tie and the manager is keen to give the promising 19-year-old his chance to show his influence in the first-team.
Marouane Fellaini, after losing his starting place to teenage striker Anthony Martial, is also set to return to the starting lineup and he is also expected to play further up the field.
Antonio Valencia, who came on as a halftime substitute in the 3-2 Premier League victory over Southampton at the weekend, is also expected to start, with Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera well set to come back into the starting XI as well.
Winger Ashley Young could also come into the starting team and he could replace Juan Mata on the right side of the attack.
However, it is highly unlikely that Martial, who has scored three goals in three games thus far since his summer deadline day move from Monaco, will start this game.
Van Gaal revealed earlier this month that the Frenchman would not play in every game, and after making three consecutive appearances, including starting and playing the full 90 minutes against PSV and Southampton, his manager could decide to leave him on the bench for this tie.
Meanwhile, England versatile defender Phil Jones was named in the squad for this contest after returning from a “bout of thrombosis.”
He, however, will start the game on the bench, with Chris Smalling and Daley Blind expected to start again.
Sergio Romero could replace David de Gea in goal, although Van Gaal likes to keep things consistent between the sticks.