Rashford, and Lindelof start, 4-2-3-1: Strongest Manchester United XI to face Swansea City

Manchester United will look to return to winning ways when they take on Swansea City in the fourth round of the League Cup. The Red Devils suffered a surprise 2-1 league defeat to Huddersfield Town on Saturday, and Jose Mourinho will seek a strong reaction from his squad on Tuesday night.

Formation: 4-2-3-1


Sergio Romero started the previous Cup outing versus Burton Albion, and the Argentine is likely to keep his place for the second game running. Both Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young could be rested being the senior full-backs, and they could be replaced by Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind on the right and left side of the defence respectively.

Eric Bailly is likely to be a touch and go for the Swans game, and Mourinho could probably stick with Victor Lindelof and Chris Smalling in central defence. Lindelof had a dismal performance in the Terriers defeat, but he has the opportunity to redeem himself at the Liberty Stadium.

Onto the midfield, Mourinho could stick with his combination of Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera as there is not much of a backup behind them – apart from a young Scott McTominay.

The attack front could see a couple of chances with Henrikh Mkhitaryan starting from the off in the number 10 role. Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard could not make much of an impact versus Hudderfield, but they are likely to keep their positions on the right and left wing respectively.

Marcus Rashford scored a brace in the 4-1 thrashing of Burton Albion earlier in September, and he will probably get the nod to lead the line with Romelu Lukaku occupying the substitutes’ bench.

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