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Manchester United vs Burton Albion: EFL Cup prediction, team news, line-ups, start time, live, TV

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Holders Manchester United kick off the defence of the League Cup against Burton Albion on Wednesday.

Jose Mourinho is a fan of the competition, keen to win the first silverware on offer in the season with four triumphs over the years, and will likely have the same mentality this season.

The last time these two played each other was 11 years go, Burton - then a non-league team - first holding United to a very credible draw in the FA Cup third round.

The Premier League giants won the reply 5-0 in a game which Gerard Pique started and Giuseppe Rossi scored twice. Promising youngster Andre Gomes and Scott McTominay may feature on Wednesday.

Start time

Manchester United host Burton Albion at Old Trafford with kick-off scheduled for 8pm on Wednesday, September 20.

TV and live online coverage

The match will be televised live on Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports Main Event, with coverage starting from 7.30pm. Alternatively, you can follow all the build-up and action from 7pm with NWE GERSY blog.

Team news

MANCHESTER UNITED

Jose Mourinho will shuffle his pack for the visit of the Championship outfit, with Michael Carrick and Victor Lindelof likely to come in.

The centre-back is yet to feature in the Premier League but played the full 90 minutes, and impressed, as Basel were beaten in the Champions League.

Paul Pogba is out for the foreseeable, while Luke Shaw is nearing a return but midweek should come too soon.

Mourinho is likely to use the game as an opportunity to rotate his squad and players who have not featured prominently in the league should come into the team. The Portuguese has indicated that Nemanja Matic, David de Gea, Eric Bailly and Antonio Valencia will sit out the game.

Paul Pogba is sidelined and will be out for a number of weeks having picked up an injury in the Champions League win over Basel last week, while Axel Tuanzebe is also ruled out. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo are also some way off making a return to action.

Potential starting XI: Romero; Shaw, Smalling, Jones, Young; Fellaini, Herrera, Carrick, Lingard; Lukaku, Martial.

BURTON ALBION

Nigel Clough will be unable to call upon John Brayford at Old Trafford because the defender is cup-tied having already played for Sheffield United in the tournament.

Will Miller is out of contention due to a hamstring injury, while Northern Ireland international Liam Boyce is also sidelined. 

However, Hope Akpan and Matty Palmer are available for selection again after recovering from their respective injuries.

Potential starting XI: Bywater; Buxton, McFadzean, Turner; Warnock, Flanagan, Allen, Murphy, Akins; Sordell, Scannell. 

Predicted line-ups

Man United starting XI: Romero; Darmian, Lindelof, Smalling, Blind; Herrera, Carrick; Lingard, McTominay, Gomes; Martial​

Burton Albion starting XI: Bywater; Buxton, Fadzean, Turner; Brayford, Akins, Murphy, Allen, Warnock; Scannell, Sordell

Head to head

Manchester United and Burton have played each other just twice before.

Burton, then in the Conference, held the Premier League giants to a 0-0 draw in a FA Cup third round tie in January, 2006. However, 10 days later United won the replay 5-0 at Old Trafford.

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Match Details

Man United vs Burton
Football League Cup Third round
Today, 10:00 PM
Old Trafford, Stretford




Man United 4-1 Burton

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