It was typical for Manchester United to get a tough draw in the Capital One Cup when we were paired with Liverpool in a fixture to be played just three days after an away game against City.
Playing your two biggest rivals within the space of 72 hours on the tail end of a difficult start to the season seemed like the last thing that David Moyes needed but now, it could be exactly what the side needs.
Heads are down in Old Trafford after the derby day defeat but a victory over Liverpool would be the perfect remedy to get back on track as soon as possible. The problem facing David Moyes is what sort of side he will put out on Wednesday.
The Capital One Cup is traditionally a tournament where we give our youngsters a chance. Wilfried Zaha, Adnan Januzaj, Michael Keane, Larnell Cole et al are all waiting for their chance to shine with £15 million signing Zaha still yet to feature for Moyes in a competitive game.
But Liverpool are likely to field a strong side. Luis Suarez is ‘chomping at the bit’ (Rodgers words, not mine) to play against United and they will want to try their hardest to compound our misery from Sunday, so Moyes faces a choice.
Does he field players who have struggled to get Premier League game time – Anderson, Nani, Kagawa, Hernandez, etc – or is it time for the youngsters to get a chance?
While Moyes should rotate on Wednesday, he has to make sure that the side is strong enough to compete in what will be a fiery night as it always is against Liverpool.
For me, a balanced combination of both would seem the right way to go. Januzaj and Zaha should get the nod while the likes of Kagawa and Anderson are in desperate need of game time. Liverpool will come with a strong side and Moyes must match that.
Typically, this Capital One Cup fixture would have been nothing more than an exhibition. A game with no repercussions. However, United’s mauling at the hands of City has changed that. It is now a match that could swing the pendulum back in Moyes’ favour or see the Scot facing some real adversity at the start of his career as United manager.
Would you play the youngsters against Liverpool on Wednesday?