Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal heads to Milton Keynes tomorrow night still searching for his first competitive win as Red Devils boss, after gaining just one point from two fairly uninspiring Premier League displays against Swansea City and Sunderland.
Van Gaal's transition has not been helped by a growing injury crisis which claimed its eighth United first-team regular at the Stadium of Light on Sunday, with Chris Smalling suffering a groin injury which has left defensive options threadbare.
Smalling out, Rojo not ready
Injury complaints mean Van Gaal faces a difficult balancing act ahead of his Capital One Cup bow against the MK Dons, which will surely keep a few more experienced heads in Phil Jones and Darren Flethcer in United's starting XI on Tuesday.
Michael Keane replaced Smalling from the bench last weekend and should do the same from the start against the League One outfit, while Reese James impressed in pre-season and should get a go from the outset ahead of Ashley Young tomorrow night, particularly with £16m man Marcos Rojo still waiting for clearance to make his debut.
Kagawa set to stay on the sidelines
Further forward Shinji Kagawa is desperate to show Van Gaal he can adapt to a new 3-5-2 system, but Van Gaal has not been convinced by the Japanese star and he could be snubbed yet again in midweek.
Adnan Januzaj on the other hand has looked exciting from the bench against both Sunderland and Swansea and should start, with young forward James Wilson and under-fire Danny Welbeck also looking for a chance to shine.
Predicted Man United XI to face MK Dons: Amos, Keane, Jones, Blackett, Rafael, James, Fletcher, Cleverley, Januzaj, Wilson, Welbeck
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