Manchester United will face Championship outfit Middlesbrough in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday evening and, this could be a chance for boss Louis van Gaal to hand some game time to some of the club’s promising youngsters.
The COC has always been a competition where the Red Devils’ academy players get some minutes with the first team, but there is a feeling there would not be most of the youngsters on parade against Aitor Karanka’s side tomorrow.
Van Gaal made a statement of intent with the strong team he fielded against Ipswich and the Dutchman is expected to do the same against Middlesbrough at Old Trafford on Wednesday. Having said that, flying forward Andreas Perreira will certainly be handed a spot in the starting eleven.
His brilliant performance against Ipswich thanks to a perfect free-kick would have given him such an adrenaline rush and he will want to experience that again, and the match against Middlesbrough is another opportunity for him to shine.
However, as much as it is thought that some of the academy players would not get much of a look in, some of United’s youngest attack should feature in the starting XI.
Memphis Depay , Anthony Martial , Andreas Perreira  and Jese Lingard  should feature against the Championship side.
Here is United’s possible starting XI versus Middlesbrough: De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Jones, Rojo; Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger, Lingard, Perreira, Memphis; Martial.