Big Mick's charges United for League Cup test

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This afternoon Mick McCarthy revealed that he will make few changes to his side from the weekend as they prepare to travel to Old Trafford bidding for a place in the sixth round of the League Cup.

Having put in a competitive display at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, Wolves will need to pick up where they left off to stand any chance of being in the draw for the next round.

Manchester United, on the other hand, are in the slightly unusual predicament of playing two games in three days; their match against Stoke being on a Sunday rather than a Saturday.

Therefore, we can safely assume that Sir Alex will utilise the full strength and depth of his squad. With Rooney still lapping up the sunshine in Dubai, the United boss still has plenty of options up front, including the continually impressive Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez.

In fact, he has quality options across the pitch at his disposal - no matter who he chooses, it'll be a serious test of Wolves' first team squad.

Ferguson has also spoken of the importance of using his younger players at this level; so his selection will be a mixture of experience and youth.

Mick is likely to stick with a similar formation to that against Chelsea, with a five-man midfield and a lone striker - most probably Kevin Doyle - leading his attack. He will have support from the usual suspects in the form of Matt Jarvis, Nenad Milijas and Stephen Hunt; if they were all to make the starting line-up.

This game also represents Wolves' first real challenge of the tournament, having only come up against lower league sides in previous rounds.

In those games, McCarthy's side have struggled to make their superiority and quality count and have subsequently squeezed through after extra time or penalties. They will be well aware that a much more confident display is required if they are to overcome Manchester United this evening.

This is the first of two meetings between the two sides within a fortnight and should be an intriguing clash with a strong Wolves side looking to shock a much-changed United side. You can guarantee that it'll be a much bigger test for Wolves when McCarthy and his side return on November 6 in the Premier League.

Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.

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