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Match Preview: Manchester United vs Wolverhampton Wanderers

Siddarth Monday, October 25, 2010
Competition: Carling Cup
Date: 26th October 2010
Kick Off: 20:00
Venue: Old Trafford

The Carling Cup has turned into my favorite competition of the season, the chance to watch future Red Devils flaunt their skills and ability, giving us a taste of what we could see in the future at Old Trafford, is just an attractive prospect!

This Wednesday see’s us face off against Wolves at Old Trafford, a tough opposition, who must not be taken lightly, but given that their main objective is survival in the premiership I can see them play a mainly second string team but that doesn’t mean they should be taken lightly by any means. Mick McCarthy has a decent squad at his disposal, and complacency on our part could lead to a bad end to the day.

The Carling Cup has transformed from a major irritant for Sir Alex, to a competition to blood the youngsters and give them their chance at first team action. We have several deserving youngsters waiting for a chance to play; also this is an ideal opportunity for the squad players to stake a claim for a regular position in the first team. For the likes of Wes Brown, Michael Owen, Darron Gibson, Gabriel Obertan and Fabio it’s a great opportunity to get some match fitness in and try to impress the gaffer and push for a place in the starting XI. There is also a chance that Owen Hargreaves might make his long awaited return to football on the night, but it’s still unclear whether he has recovered from the latest injury to plague him.

A player I’m really looking forward to watch is reserves captain Magnus Eikrem, who’s been in scintillating form so far this season with the reserves. He’s been the best player in the reserves so far, and has been consistently impressing for the last two seasons. He really deserves a chance in the first team; at least a substitute appearance would be great. Other youngsters who have a chance to make the bench at least include the very highly rated attacking trio of John Cofie, Will Keane and Ravel Morrison, the last of the three is widely considered the most talented youngster in England, but had been suffering from several off field problems in the past. But he seems to have got his act together this season, converted into an Attacking Midfielder, his game has seen more discipline and patience come into it, but he wasn’t described as the “English Ronaldo” for nothing. The bag of tricks he possesses makes him an unpredictable and dangerous opponent.

This is also a perfect chance for Gabriel Obertan and Fabio to show Sir Alex that they are ready for more first team action, especially Obertan, who must seize the opportunity to become our regular winger given the absence of Valencia and Giggs through injury. He has just made his return to the first team after a long time on the fringes, making 2 sub appearances in the last 2 games. He should hopefully start, as for Fabio, the Brazilian youngster has shown glimpses of his talent so far, but has never been able to impress regularly either due to injuries or the presence of Patrice Evra ahead of him, possibly one of the best Left Back’s in football right now.

The team against Wolves should see us play Ben Amos in goal hopefully, giving the youngster his first start of the season. Also Wes Brown should start at RB, while Jonny Evans (if fit) would partner the very talented Chris Smalling in the Centre of defense. Darron Gibson should mostly partner Anderson in midfield, while Bebe might a chance to play on the wings, with Macheda and Owen leading the attack.

A tough fixture to predict, all depends on the team Mick McCarthy puts out come Wednesday evening, but I think a weakened Wolves side shouldn’t be much of a problem for our youngsters. I predict victory to us and if we can defend strongly and control the midfield it shouldn’t be too difficult a task.

Predicted final Score: 3-1to United

Predicted Starting XI:
Amos; Brown, Smalling, Evans/O’Shea, Fabio; Obertan, Gibson, Anderson, Obertan; Macheda, Owen.

Subs: Kuszczak, Rafael, Eikrem, W. Keane, Nani, Carrick, Hargreaves.

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