Manchester United will attempt to put their disappointing weekend loss to Huddersfield Town behind them on Tuesday when they face Swansea City in the Carabao Cup last 16.
The Red Devils are the reigning champions and Jose Mourinho will, no doubt, be keen to see his players recover from the embarrassment of losing so convincingly to a recently-promoted team.
Swansea, meanwhile, have struggled in the Premier League this season so far, but the Welsh outfit will be hopeful that they can string together a cup run in order to give them a much-needed boost.
|Game||Swansea vs Manchester United|
|Date||Tuesday, October 24|
|Time||19:45 BST / 14:45 ET|
TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM
In the UK, the game will be available to watch live on television on Sky Sports Football, or alternatively online using Sky Go.
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
|Sky Sports Football||Sky Go|
The game will not be broadcast live on television in the US but it will be available to stream live online using ESPN’s WatchESPN facility.
|US TV channel||Online stream|
|N/A||NBC Sports App|
SQUADS & TEAM NEWS
|Goalkeepers||Fabianski, Nordtfeldt, Mulder|
|Defenders||Van der Hoorn, Mawson, Olsson, Rangel, Naughton, Bartley, Fernandez|
|Midfielders||Ki, Britton, Fer, Dyer, Carroll, Routledge, Clucas, Sanches, Mesa, King, Fulton|
|Forwards||Abraham, Bony, Ayew, Narsingh, Baker-Richardson|
Defender Kyle Bartley is a long-term absentee for Swansea as he continues his recovery from a knee injury. However, Wilfried Bony could be available for selection again having missed over a month with a hamstring injury.
Potential starting XI: Fabianski; Fernandez, Mawson, Olsson, Naughton; Sanches, Britton, Carroll, Ayew, Narsingh; Abraham.
|Position||Manchester United players|
|Goalkeepers||De Gea, Romero, Pereira|
|Defenders||Lindelof, Bailly, Jones, Valencia, Blind, Smalling, Shaw, Darmian, Tuanzebe|
|Midfielders||Pogba, Mata, Lingard, Carrick, Young, Herrera, Mkhitaryan, Fellaini, Matic, Mitchell, McTominay|
|Forwards||Lukaku, Ibrahimovic, Martial, Rashford|
Jose Mourinho must contend with a deepening crisis in terms of defensive personnel with Phil Jones a concern after limping off during the game against Huddersfield Town. Jones joins Eric Bailly on the sidelines meaning that there is likely to be a reshuffle at the back.
Marouane Fellaini is unlikely to feature, while Paul Pogba, who is recovering from a knee injury, is also among those unavailable. Mourinho hinted that Zlatan Ibrahimovic would play in 2017, but it will be a number of weeks before he sees competitive action again, while Marcos Rojo is also ruled out.
Potential starting XI: Romero; Valencia, Lindelof, Smalling, Shaw; Matic, Herrera, Mata, Mkhitaryan, Rashord; Lukaku.
BETTING & MATCH ODDS
Manchester United are heavy favourites at 1/2 according to dabblebet, with Swansea priced at 13/2 to beat the Red Devils. A draw between the teams is available at 16/5.
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After sprinting out of the blocks at the start of the season, Manchester United have begun to slow down somewhat and October has proven to be a difficult month.
Following his side’s surprising 2-1 defeat to Huddersfield on Saturday, Mourinho suggested that his players were suffering due to their Champions League exploits and it will be interesting to see what kind of team the Portuguese fields on Tuesday, for, while they are defending champions, there is no doubt that United have bigger fish to fry this season.
A massive league game against Tottenham awaits four days after the clash with Swansea and that match has taken on greater significance in light of the weekend’s results, with Spurs moving level on points with the Red Devils. Benfica and Chelsea follow the game against Spurs and, if Mourinho is to ensure his team weather the storm, he will have to rotate his squad.
Injuries to key players has not helped their cause, with Jones joining his centre-back partner Bailly on the sidelines, but if they can come through this difficult spell, United will soon be bolstered by the returns of Pogba, Fellaini and Ibrahimovic, which will give them a huge boost heading into the end of the year.