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PREVIEW: MK Dons v Manchester United – Capital One Cup

Stadium MK, Milton Keynes

Capital One Cup

Tuesday 26th August 2014, KO 20:00 BST – Live on Sky Sports 1HD

Referee: Stuart Attwell; Assistants: R Atkin & I Cooper; Fourth Official: K Hill

Manchester United face a second round tie in the Capital One Cup against MK Dons, the first time they have appeared in the second  round of the competition since the 1995-96 season. This will be the first time that Manchester United and the MK Dons have faced each other competitively, well they did play Wimbledon a few times in the past, but they are not in existence anymore. United have not started well to this season, still looking for their first victory, despite winning all six matches in pre-season, so MK Dons and their supporters will fancy their chances in this match, which could be another upset caused by them.

United have suffered more than their fair share of injuries so far this season, with Chris Smalling having to be replaced against Sunderland on Sunday, which could be another player out of the side for a matter of weeks depending on the results of his scan today. New signing Marcos Rojo may not have his work permit sorted out in time for the match due to it being a Bank Holiday in England today, but with fellow Argentinian Ángel di María heading to Old Trafford, a debut for both at Burnley on Saturday would be fitting, but the defence is looking rather ropey now, so the sooner Rojo can play, the better.

MK Dons have started their season well in the Sky Bet League One, winning twice and drawing once and losing once in their opening four matches. They have also beaten AFC Wimbledon, the team set to to effectively replace the team that became the MK Dons in the first round of the Capital One Cup. Karl Robinson’s side will be keeping their feet on the ground as they keep one eye on the home match with Crawley Town this Saturday. United face a trip to Turf Moor where they play Burnley and hopefully they will not still be looking for their first victory of the season.

Louis van Gaal still has eight injuries to his squad, but he did state that he would be fielding a different team to the one that played Sunderland on Sunday. I do expect James Wilson, Reece James, Rafael da Silva, Michael Keane, Adnan Januzaj and hopefully Joe Rothwell to get a chance against the League One side. Whether that happens or not remains to be seen.

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Top Scorers (pre-season):

Manchester United: 1 – Juan Mata, Wayne Rooney

MK Dons: 1 – Lee Cattermole, Sebastian Larsson

Manchester United Form: – DLWWWW

Last six matches: Sunderland 1-1 D, Swansea City 2-1 L, Valencia 2-1 W, Liverpool 3-1 W, Real Madrid 3-1 W, Inter Milan 0-0 (5-3) W

MK Dons: – DWLWWL

Last six matches: Coventry City 0-0 D, Chesterfield FC 1-0 W, Peterborough United 3-2 L, AFC Wimbledon 3-1 W, Gillingham 4-2 W, Leighton Town 2-1 L

Head to Head:

MK Dons and Manchester United have never met competitively in any domestic league or competition.

Manchester United Squad:

Manager: Louis van Gaal

Goalkeepers: 1. David De Gea, 13, Anders Lindegaard, 40. Ben Amos, 50. Sam Johnstone;

Defenders: 2. Rafael da Silva, 3. Luke Shaw, 4. Phil Jones, 5. Marcos Rojo, 6. Jonny Evans, 12. Chris Smalling, 30. Guillermo Varela, 36. Marnick Vermijl, 38. Michael Keane, 39. Tom Thorpe, 41. Reece James, 42. Tyler Blackett;

Midfielders: 8. Juan Mata, 11. Adnan Januzaj, 16. Michael Carrick, 18. Ashley Young, 21. Ander Herrera, 23. Tom Cleverley, 24. Darren Fletcher, 25. Antonio Valencia, 26. Shinji Kagawa, 28. Anderson, 29. Wilfried Zaha, 31. Marouane Fellaini, 34. Tom Lawrence, 35. Jesse Lingard, 45. Davide Petrucci, 46. Joe Rothwell;

Forwards: 10. Wayne Rooney, 14. Javier Hernandez, 19. Danny Welbeck, 20. Robin van Persie, 48. Will Keane, 49. James Wilson

Doubts/Injuries: 3. Luke Shaw (hamstring), 6. Jonny Evans (knock), 12. Chris Smalling (hamstring), 16. Michael Carrick (ankle/foot), 21. Ander Herrera (ankle/foot), 28. Anderson (calf/shin), 31. Marouane Fellaini (ankle/foot), 35. Jesse Lingard (knee) [injury details taken from PhysioRoom.com]

Suspensions: None [suspensions confirmed by the FA.com]

MK Dons Squad:

Manager: Karl Robinson

Goalkeepers: 1. David Martin, 16. Ian McLoughlin, 29. Charlie Burns;

Defenders: 2. Lee Hodson, 3. Dean Lewington, 4. Tom Flanagan, 5. Kyle McFadzean, 6. Antony Kay, 25. Harry Hickford, 0. Jordan Spence;

Midfielders: 7. Danny Green, 8. Darren Potter, 10. Ben Reeves, 14. Dele Alli, 15. Mark Randall, 18. George Baldock, 20. Giorgio Rasulo, 22. Samir Carruthers, 26. Will Summerfield;

Forwards: 9. Dean Bowditch, 11. Will Grigg, 17. Darren Magambo, 19. Tom Hitchcock, 23. Benik Afobe 

Doubts/Injuries: Unknown [injury details taken from PhysioRoom.com]

Suspensions: None [suspensions confirmed by the FA.com]

Predicted Formation/Starting XI:

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Score Prediction:

MK Dons 1-2 Manchester United

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