James Garner linked to Bournemouth for season-long loan spell

Newly relegated from the Premier League, it is reported by The Sun that Bournemouth will look to sign Manchester United midfielder James Garner on loan during the 2020/21 season. It has been reported that the 19-year-old would be able to leave the Old Trafford club on loan this summer and it was suggested that Sheffield Wednesday, Swansea City and Cardiff City were interested in the player. It is suggested that the South Coast club want to make a quick return to the Premier League.

As much as playing in the Premier League would be good for the player, playing in the Championship would see him learn a lot more in the game after playing so well in the U23s during the season. It would be unlikely that Garner would be afforded much first team football at United next season with the likes of Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, Fred and Scott McTominay all ahead of him. It would be good to see him get a chance though.

Many players in the past have been loaned out to gain first team status at lower league clubs. Some have not worked, others have. I am hoping that Garner will be one of the latter as I have high hopes for him. I am sure the player will be relishing the chance to impress away from the Old Trafford club, proving himself under another manager and showing just what he is capable of in the game, which at youth level shows his potential and he will be wanting to achieve that at first team level.

If Garner did sign for the Cherries, it would be a club not only licking their wounds from their relegation from the Premier League last weekend but also a club looking for a new direction after Eddie Howe left the club this weekend. It could be a good experience for the midfielder who will be seeking to put himself in with a chance of playing first team football with United in a season or two. This experience would really;y test the player’s mettle.

If Bournemouth do not end up getting a deal done to sign the 19-year-old on a season-long loan spell, Swansea City and Sheffield Wednesday have both been credited with an interest in the player. However, United will pick the club most likely to play him regularly as with loan spells, they will only work if the player is given amble playing time. It is possible that other clubs may be interested in the midfielder as there is a lot of talent in his locker, which could be unlocked during the course of the season.

Cardiff City were said to be interested in the player, however, they quickly poured cold water on the reported interest, although that was before there were committed to the Championship for another season, losing the Championship playoff against Fulham with the final to be contested between Fulham and Brentford on Tuesday evening. Garner should be excited for his future. He should be given ample playing time to show what he is capable of, which should excite football fans.

Written by John Walker

Manchester United join chase for Welsh defender after Ryan Giggs recommended him – reports

Manchester United have reportedly joined the ‘transfer hunt’ for Swansea City defender Joe Rodon after former United winger and Class of 92 graduate, Ryan Giggs recommended the £20 million valued player. United are likely to face competition from Manchester City with Pep Guardiola being a long-time admirer of the 22-year-old.

Giggs gave Rodon his Wales debut last year and has since been capped four times. It is suggested that the former United winger urged his former club to sign the player, who he highly rates as a central defender after his scintillating for for the Swans this season. Giggs previously recommended Daniel James to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the rest is history.

It is currently reported that United would like to sign another central defender this summer to partner Harry Maguire, who arrived at the club in an £80 million deal from Leicester City last summer. It is expected that Phil Jones could leave the club this summer, along with Chris Smalling, who has spent the season on loan at Roma.

Rodon would still represent Solskjaer’s youth policy, especially home grown youth, which is the way United have been built over the years – with some exceptions. The 22-year-old made a total of 21 appearances in the Championship this season, before the coronavirus pandemic suspended world football. He also assisted one goal, not scoring any.

It is reported that United’s cross-city rivals Manchester City have been keeping close tabs on the six-foot-four Welshman for some time as Guardiola likens him to John Stones, who has not been in very good form since his move to the Etihad a few years ago. It is fair to say that City need to concentrate on their defence after problems this season.

This could be bad news for United as City seem to be a team with a few changes away from becoming their best again, with United seemingly still a project seeking perfection. However, as challenges come, the one United offered would be more difficult and could bring out the best of the Welsh defender, if he was able to sideline Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly.

It is also reported that Bournemouth, Everton, Leicester City, Chelsea and Arsenal had all sent scouts to watch Rodon, who broke into Swansea’s first team around 18-months ago. The Welshman is described as a ball-playing central defender and had earned comparisons with John Stones. Hopefully that does not resign him to the scrapheap.

At this moment in time, United would need to get rid of the likes of Jones, Smalling and Marcos Rojo before bringing inn a new central defender. There is also the future of Axel Tuanzebe, who has played inn both right-back and central defensive positions in his career, both at United and when he has been loaned out.

Perhaps former teammate, Daniel James could be an influence in the Welshman signing for United, along with Giggs, who clearly sees United as the best option for him, presumably not being biased at all. It would be a good deal for United and Rodon would be given time to settle at the club being that Lindelof, Bailly, Tuanzebe and Maguire would be ahead of him.

Manchester United confirm Daniel James as their first summer signing

Manchester United have signed Daniel James from Swansea City, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first signing of what is to be expected a busy summer transfer window. The 21-year-old has been linked to the club for some time now and it was expected the signing was to be completed a number of weeks ago, however, the player’s father died suddenly. James signed a five year contract, with the option on a sixth year.

Rumours suggest that this is to be the first of four or five signings at the Old Trafford club this summer with Solskjaer looking to bring desire, determination and fight back into his squad which faltered in all of those things at the end of the 2018/19 season. It could also start the process for a number of players to leave the club this summer, which is also needed.

James, 21, is widely regarded as a player with many prospects and was called up to represent Wales at senior level in the summer international but withdrew from the squad after the death of his father. Ryan Giggs saw something in him which could carry Wales forward, which could also be the same thing to help United persevere. Speaking to the official Manchester United website of his transfer, James said:

“This is one of the best days of my life and a challenge I am really looking forward to. The Premier League is the best league in the world and Manchester United is the perfect place for me to continue to develop as a player.

“This is an incredibly proud moment for me and my family, however, it is tinged with sadness that my father isn’t able to share this experience with us. I am looking forward to working with Ole, meeting the team and getting started.”

Solskjaer will be looking to rebuild his United squad, starting this summer. There is a lot of speculation surrounding players who may leave the club this summer, also players linked with making a move to the Theatre of Dreams during the summer transfer window, which closes on the 8 August 2019, a day before the new Premier League season starts. Speaking of signing James of the official Manchester United website, Solskjaer said:

“Daniel is an exciting young winger with lots of skills, vision, exceptional pace and a good work ethic. He had a great season with Swansea City and has all the attributes needed to become a Manchester United player.

“We are delighted he has signed with our club and we are all looking forward to working with him. This is the perfect environment for Daniel to continue his development.”

United will now be able to continue their summer rebuilding plans with Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Bruno Fernandes hotly linked to the club with Solskjaer seeking to sign a right-back, maybe two midfielders, and a winger, perhaps a central defender and a forward, as some players may still leave the club. Most importantly though, I look forward to seeing James during the pre-season tour which should be a test of his abilities.

Daniel James agrees terms with Manchester United; fee yet to be agreed with Swansea City – report

Manchester United has reportedly agreed on personal terms with 21-year-old winger Daniel James. The Swansea City forward has been on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s radar for a number of weeks after his move to Leeds United was not completed in January. The player has also received interest from Brighton and Hove Albion this summer.

It is also reported by the media that a £15 million fee is close to being agreed between United and Swansea although the Welsh club has suggested that there is no such agreement in place and that the player remains a Swansea player. James has one year left on his current contract so if Swansea want to get any money for him, they will need to sell this summer.

The lure of the Premier League will be a big one for James and playing for United will be something that could propel him to the pinnacle of English and European football, provided the rebuild that will start this summer is actually completed without the players giving up again and seeing another manager sacked, which is probably likely to happen if a clear out of these players and the deadwood does not happen.

Many so-called supporters of the club, some of whom have been suggesting that buying ready-made talent and seemingly world-class players has not worked so United will need to look into signing young talent which can be developed, have themselves been mocking this prospective deal suggesting that going head to head with Brighton for James shows the level the club has sunk to.

It does not suggest anything like this for myself. I look at the talent of the player, especially his pace and think about what could become if he hits the ground running. Imagine a player on the pitch who is proud to wear his shirt and fight for the club. There are few of them in the squad at this moment in time. It will be refreshing. It is clear that bringing egotistical players to the club has not worked and is not working.

It is suggested that a prospective deal could be close for James and United but other reports suggest that there is still a lot to be done to get the deal across the line. Some reports suggest that James is viewed by United as ‘potential’ and that they could look to sign a player more established than James, so the entire situation seems to be confusing but I guess that is the English media for you – like a Chinese whisper at times.

Manchester United targeting Swansea City starlet Daniel James; Liverpool also interested – United frontrunners?

Manchester United have reportedly emerged as the frontrunners to sign young Swansea City star Daniel James this summer. The 21-year-old winger was close to securing a deadline day move to Leeds United back in January but the Welsh club pulled out of the deal, which may become a big loss for the Yorkshire club.

James has continued to put in some great performances for his club which has seen the likes of United and Liverpool as credited with an interest in the young Welshman. United, under the management of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, will be seeking to rebuild the Old Trafford club this summer after another poor season, six years after Sir Alex Ferguson retired.

Reports state that United have kept tabs on the youngster, checking on his versatility, with a mind that he could play on the right-wing for United, which is a position the club has struggled with for more than six years. The player, according to the report, is also aware that United are interested in him. It is also suggested that rivals for James’ signature this summer are ‘resigned to missing out, fearing he could be Old Trafford bound’.

The 21-year-old has a year remaining on his Swansea contract and is valued at around £10 million, which could be a good bit of business for United, who really should have started this recruitment policy a number of years ago after signing already established players has just not worked out as well as it may have been thought. The player was left out of the final match of the season, the 2-2 draw against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park, presumably aiming to keep him free of injury ahead of a possible transfer.

James saw a video of a goal he scored, against Brentford in the Emirates FA Cup, go viral earlier this year, adding to that by scoring the winner for Wales against Slovakia back in March, which will have given the player a hint of just where his career and he talent could take him. Wales manager and former United legend, Ryan Giggs, has spoken about James and he could well be an influence in his future. Giggs said:

“He’s a talent. When you’ve got that raw pace, you’re a threat at any level so as a winger, obviously for me playing as a winger, when I was younger, you then have to develop the other parts of your game which I feel he is doing.

“He’s played up front as well which will help him because that gives you an appreciation of what you need to do.”

James has played 38 matches for Swansea City in three competitions; Championship, Carabao Cup and FA Cup, for Swansea this season, playing more than 2,500 minutes of football, scoring five goals for his club, assisting four more goals, also scoring his debut goal for Wales in March. James has predominantly played as a left-sided attacking midfielder but has also played on the right, among other positions.

The 21-year-old has many strengths, including; holding onto the ball, passing, through balls, key passes and dribbling. He does also have weaknesses, including; aerial duels and his defensive contribution. The player also likes to cut inside, plays short passes and does not dive into tackles although he is fouled often.

It is refreshing to see that United may not be focussing on the already established players in football. The best way to rebuild United is to look for players who will do a job in the squad. Ones that will work hard and will be happy to pull on the red shirt of the club and put in their best performances for the club week in and week out. This is not something that can be said for some of the petulant players currently at the Old Trafford club.

Jose Mourinho happy with the first half against Swansea City but Manchester United need to perform for 90 minutes…

Manchester United beat Swansea City at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon, scoring two first-half goals with Romelu Lukaku scoring his 100th Premier League goal in the fifth minute of the match and Alexis Sanchez doubling the lead in the 20th minute of the match. United started the match in fine form, attacking constantly, despite the Welsh side breaking themselves. United scoring in the first five minutes showed that it could have been a long day for Carlos Carvalhal’s relegation-threatened side.

Jose Mourinho was happy with his sides first half performance, which could have resulted in more goals scored by United. One thing that rings true is that United seemed to tire into the second half, a half which showed Swansea City as the better team, despite them failing to score a single goal, having the chances to thwart United’s celebrations. United played attacking football on Saturday, you cannot suggest they didn’t but the second half showed that there was still a lot of improvement to be made with the team.

Mourinho, speaking in his post-match press conference after the 2-0 victory over Swansea, reported by the official Manchester United website, said:

“[The first half] was one of the best halves we have played at Old Trafford this season. 2-0 was very short, not just in terms of our chances to score, but in terms of our quality and the beauty of our football.

“The second half was different, we gave them the chance they didn’t have in the first half. We gave them the ball to try and create something, we went a little bit down, maybe six of our players had international football that can tire and ache.

“They probably let the game and the intensity go down and felt the game was under control.”

For much of this season, despite United showing a massive improvement post-Sir Alex Ferguson, supporters have called for attacking football to be played predominantly, some suggesting that Ferguson was a manager who provided this in each and every one of the 1,500 matches he took charge of in nearly 27 years as the manager of the club. Those fans seem to change history to suit their argument. Whilst there is some improvement still to be made, playing attacking football in each and every game will cause its own problems – mainly down to predictability.

Since Mourinho took over the reigns at the Old Trafford club, he has taken charge of 111 matches, including the victory over Swansea. This is the highest number of matches a manager has taken charge of post-Ferguson. Mourinho has won 69 of these matches, drawing 24 and losing just 18. That is a 62.16% win ratio, drawing 21.62% and losing 16.22% of matches – being undefeated in 83.78% of matches played.

Under the guidance of Mourinho, United have scored 196 goals (1.77 per match), conceding 79 (0.71 per match). People are quick to moan about a lack of improvement – these so-called supporters are likely the ones who look at a result rather than actually watching the match, depicting that no improvement has been made because their expectations from that game were much higher. It seems some supporters are still spoilt by the success which made many support the club, expecting that success each and every season.

Confirmed Starting XI: Pogba starts as Lukaku looks to make it a century of Premier League goals

Manchester United face Swansea City in the Premier League at Old Trafford this afternoon. After an international break which saw Romelu Lukaku continue his fine goalscoring form this season, also Paul Pogba showing signs of form after his goal from a free-kick and an assist for France – it could be the time that Jose Mourinho’s side start to secure their place this season.

United have not been the best side this season but there has been some improvement. Mourinho’s side have won more matches, drawn and lost fewer matches in the league and have scored more goals, making the abject four seasons after the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson a thing of the past. The quality of football has been lacking though but patience is needed from supporters.

Manchester United:

De Gea;

Valencia, Lindelof, Smalling, Young;

Matic, Pogba;

Mata, Lingard, Sanchez;



Pereira; Bailly, Shaw; Herrera, McTominay; Martial, Rashford

United have beaten Swansea City twice this season; 4-0 at Old Trafford in the Premier League with Eric Bailly, Romelu Lukaku, Paul Pogba, and Anthony Martial scoring the goals at the Theatre of Dreams. The two sides also faced each other in the Carabao Cup at the Liberty Stadium back in October with United winning 2-0 with Jesse Lingard scoring the two goals.

Last season, in this fixture at Old Trafford, it was a 1-1 draw with Wayne Rooney scoring a penalty and Gylfi Sigurdsson equalising late on with a sublime free-kick. United have not been beaten by Swansea since the 30th August 2015, the third of three defeats in a row against the Welsh club.

Confirmed Starting XI: Martial and Rashford tasked to put Manchester United into the fifth round of the Carabao Cup

Manchester United will face Swansea City in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup at the Liberty Stadium on Tuesday evening. It is Jose Mourinho’s first match after the defeat away to Huddersfield Town on Saturday afternoon, a result United deserved after their poor performance, which was not just against the Premier League new boys, but also against Benfica in the UEFA Champions League and against Liverpool in the Premier League. United will need to find some form and fact if they are to make it into the fifth round of the league cup this week and Swansea City, fresh from their own defeat this weekend, will be seeking to pounce on a hurting Manchester United side.

Manchester United:


Darmian, Lindelof, Smalling, Blind;

Tuanzebe, Herrera;

Lingard, McTominay, Martial;



Pereira; Jones, Shaw; Mata, Mkhitaryan, Matic; Lukaku

Manchester United and Swansea City have met competitively 30 times since the 5th September 1931 – in that match, it was United who took the points with a 2-1 victory. In all of the matches played, United have won 14 times, drawn six times and lost ten times. The last defeat to Swansea was on the 30th August 2015, a 2-1 defeat at the Liberty Stadium. Since that match, the two sides have met four times, United winning three and drawing once. United had a seven-match unbeaten run against Swansea with stretched from the 0-0 draw on the 18th December 1982, right to way through to the 4-1 victory on the 17th August 2013. United have a four-match unbeaten streak currently, something which Jose Mourinho will be seeking to extend to five matches with Swansea yet to visit Old Trafford this season.

Starting XI Prediction: Mourinho to use a back three formation at the Liberty Stadium?

Manchester United are pitted against Swansea City in the Carabao Cup at the Liberty Stadium on Tuesday evening. The match will be shown live in the United Kingdom on Sky Sports. It will be a match where United will need to get over their defeat away to Huddersfield Town in the Premier League at the weekend, pushing on to reach the fifth round of the Carabao Cup, which will see them defend their crown for another round. Jose Mourinho’s side is depleted by injury right now, not that it should be an excuse for United’s poor form, which did not just appear at Huddersfield, it had been present for the previous two matches; the 1-0 victory over Benfica in the UEFA Champions League and the 0-0 draw with Liverpool in the Premier League.

Starting XI Prediction (3-4-1-2):

Goalkeeper: Sergio Romero

The Argentinian has not played for a while now and seems to be a good option instead of David De Gea, so with De Gea’s niggle he suffered against Huddersfied, he should be rested for the big Premier League game this weekend with Tottenham Hotspur coming to the Theatre of Dreams. Romero is trusted by Jose Mourinho and has proven himself, especially in the UEFA Europa League last season, where he was chosen ahead of David De Gea, the Spanish goalkeeper saved for the Premier League matches.

Back Three: Axel Tuanzebe, Chris Smalling, Daley Blind

Manchester United are down to three experienced central defenders; Victor Lindelof, Chris Smalling, and Daley Blind. Axel Tuanzebe is also a player on the fringes of the first team who could be chosen to get United through this midweek match. Eric Bailly was due back this week, but it is not known whether this will be the Swansea match, or more importantly the Tottenham Hotspur match in the Premier League at the weekend. Having Tuanzebe, Smalling and Blind playing in a back three in this match could see United play more defensively, with Young and Shaw in the fullback roles, which could see United playing a more attacking display, which was what has been lacking recently. Getting through the injury period is a must for United. If they can scrape through, that will do.

Fullbacks: Ashley Young and Luke Shaw

Antonio Valencia will be a much better option against Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford this weekend and with Matteo Darmian being overlooked recently, Ashley Young could be pulled in at right-back with Luke Shaw coming in at left-back, should he not play for the U23’s on Monday evening. Shaw needs to get back into the swing of things in the first team, getting the manager to trust him again and play to his potential. Failing that, his career at United will be in the balance with the January window fastly coming, which could be where he ends his career at the club. Let’s be honest, he has not done himself any favours since he signed from Southampton, just not reaching the level needed to be a Manchester United player. Here is hoping he sorts his mind out and makes it, against all odds.

Midfield: Ander Herrera, Nemanja Matic

United do not have any other midfielder to choose from unless one of Paul Pogba, Michael Carrick or Marouane Fellaini are going to be a surprise on the trip to Swansea. Both Herrera and Matic have played in the last three matches, Matic showing his worth in the defeat to Huddersfield at the weekend, trying to spur up the players and Herrera moaning about the attitude shown, which was not the best whatever the manager says. United need to kick on and get the results in the bag, whatever the means. Until Pogba is back, United will always miss him and the haters will too, they have nothing to compare against at this moment in time.

Number Ten: Scott McTominay

Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Juan Mata have not been in the best form recently and should be rested, which could help bring the best out of them in the weeks to come. One or both could come off the bench, as United do not have a lot of players to choose from at this time, many on the sidelines through injury. Scott McTominay, fresh from signing he new contract late last week could be the player Mourinho looks to in order to keep the play from the midfield to the forwards, possibly attempting to score himself – he has it in him.

Forwards: Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial

Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial have played well this season, but need to be trusted by the manager a little more. With Zlatan Ibrahimovic on the sidelines, other than James Wilson, who is returning from a knee injury, there are no other players to take the pressure off Romelu Lukaku, who has played nearly every match this season, sitting on the bench in the third round of the carabao Cup against Burton Albion. Rashford has scored in the last two matches, and Martial has the ability to some nothing into something, and Mourinho needs to trust both to perform when Lukaku needs to be rested as the season is not getting any shorter, so to speak.

Preview: Manchester United to strike whilst the iron is hot and put the defeat behind them?

Swansea City -v- Manchester United

Carabao Cup 2017/18

Liberty Stadium, Swansea

Tuesday 24th October 2017; KO 19:45 BST

Live on Sky Sports Football HD in the United Kingdom

Manchester United will face Swansea City in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup at the Liberty Stadium on Tuesday evening. It is Jose Mourinho’s first match after the defeat away to Huddersfield Town on Saturday afternoon, a result United deserved after their poor performance, which was not just against the Premier League new boys, but also against Benfica in the UEFA Champions League and against Liverpool in the Premier League. United will need to find some form and fact if they are to make it into the fifth round of the league cup this week and Swansea City, fresh from their own defeat this weekend, will be seeking to pounce on a hurting Manchester United side.

United, on the other hand, will need to pounce on Swansea and show them no mercy in a bid to get the much-needed result in their defence of the league cup this season. United beat Swansea 4-0 at the start of the season when everyone was talking about this United side and just how far they could go. The thing is that United were not challenged until they face Liverpool at Anfield last weekend and were lucky to leave Merseyside with a point. In Lisbon, the goal scored by Marcus Rashford was more luck than clinical attacking and Huddersfield gave United a game at the weekend, being on top for the majority of the match with United running out of ideas.

Injuries have hampered United at this early stage of the season, not that it is an excuse. United are without Eric Bailly, who should be back in action this week, whether it will be against Swansea or Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford is the question, Marcos Rojo, Paul Pogba, Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Phil Jones limped off on Saturday with Victor Lindelof replacing him, so United are down to bare bones in midfield and central defence with just Chris Smalling, Lindelof and Daley Blind fit, and Ander Herrera, Nemanja Matic and Scott McTominay in midfield. United will need to dig deep for a result to make the rest of the football world notice, then follow that up with a victory over Spurs at the Theatre of Dreams this coming weekend.

Previous Matches: Swansea City winless in the last four matches against Manchester United

Manchester United and Swansea City have met competitively 30 times since the 5th September 1931 – in that match, it was United who took the points with a 2-1 victory. In all of the matches played, United have won 14 times, drawn six times and lost ten times. The last defeat to Swansea was on the 30th August 2015, a 2-1 defeat at the Liberty Stadium. Since that match, the two sides have met four times, United winning three and drawing once. United had a seven-match unbeaten run against Swansea with stretched from the 0-0 draw on the 18th December 1982, right to way through to the 4-1 victory on the 17th August 2013. United have a four-match unbeaten streak currently, something which Jose Mourinho will be seeking to extend to five matches with Swansea yet to visit Old Trafford this season.

Form: Jose Mourinho’s side have had the better start this season but are now licking their wounds after Saturday’s defeat

Manchester United started the season in fine fettle with two 4-0 victories against West Ham United and Swansea City – their opposition in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday. United had only dropped two points in the Premier League before the international break at the start of the month with that 2-2 draw away to Stoke City, but a 0-0 draw at Liverpool and a 2-1 defeat to Huddersfield Town, United have dropped seven points this season, feeling the hurt from their first defeat of the season. In the UEFA Champions League, United have won three in three, in good stead to reach the knockout stages of the competition. A 4-1 victory over Burton Albion in the third round of the Carabao Cup set up this tie with Swansea this week.

Swansea City did not have the best start to the season, winning just twice in the Premier League against Crystal Palace and Huddersfield Town, drawing with Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur, and being defeated by Manchester United, Newcastle United, Watford, West Ham United, and Leicester City at the weekend. In the Carabao Cup, Swansea have won both matches (obviously) beating MK Dons and Reading, setting up this tie with United – a game where revenge could be on the menu for Jose Mourinho’s side, or so Paul Clement will be hoping. United’s pursuit in Europe could be their downfall with Swansea much fresher at this early stage of the season, but United will be much fitter, injuries aside.

Team News: Injuries, injuries, injuries. It is no excuse and United need to push on and play for the badge on their shirts, not the name on the back!

Jose Mourinho will be without Marcos Rojo, Paul Pogba, Marouane Fellaini, Michael Carrick, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and most probably Phil Jones, who is the latest injured player, limping off in the defeat to Huddersfield Town on Saturday. Eric Bailly has been pencilled in for a return this week, but it is uncertain whether that will be away to Swansea or at home to Spurs this coming weekend. United could be left with just three experienced central defenders; Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelof and Daley Blind for this match – Axel Tuanzebe, if fit, should be given a chance, with just Ander Herrera, Nemanja Matic and Scott McTominay in midfield. The attacking options for Mourinho are not that great either with Marcos Rashford, Anthony Martial, Juan Mata, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Romelu Lukaku in need of a rest. Mourinho will need to take a gamble, possibly throw United’s chance of retaining the league cup this season, ensuring his side is ready to throw all they have at Spurs this weekend.

Predicted Starting XI: A gamble for Jose Mourinho could keep United in the Carabao Cup; using the same players could expose United against Spurs!

Match Prediction: A close victory for Manchester United in the Carabao Cup?

Swansea City 1-2 Manchester United

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