David Moyes will field a much changed Manchester United when we take on Stoke City tomorrow in the Capital One Cup as the festive fixture pile up begins.
United’s game against Stoke is the first of four in ten days and the Capital One Cup is typically a competition where United give the youngsters some much needed first team experience.
Charni Ekangamene has been given a squad number which indicates he may be involved in some capacity but Moyes is keen to make sure that he still fields a strong team with a place in the semi-final at stake.
“We have a squad of players who I believe can all play in any game, so I’ll see who I think is ready,” he said in the pre-match press conference ahead of tomorrow.
“We have a lot of games coming up and we need to use that squad. I’ll look at this game and see who is best suited. But I think we have fielded a strong side in every game we have played.
“There were a few I expected to play [against Villa] but got injured on Saturday before we travelled down. There is nothing fresh and hopefully I won’t find anything fresh.”
The likes of Fabio, Wilfried Zaha, Anderson and Javier Hernandez have all had limited game time so they should feature against Stoke tomorrow.
Although the competition is seen as a lesser trophy compared to the FA Cup and Premier League, it has taken on a bigger importance this year in David Moyes’ first season in charge.
Psychologically, the impact of getting the trophy monkey off his back by the beginning of March could be the perfect injection of morale ahead of his first ever run-in with United, so hopefully the team he puts out tomorrow turns up and secures a place in the semi-final, where United could be paired against Manchester City.