It's been a turbulent few months at Old Trafford so far this season.
The appointment of Jose Mourinho as manager, a successful transfer window, and a brilliant start to the season with three wins out of three, sent a clear message to the rest of the Premier League that Manchester United were back.
However, three losses in eight days, including a 2-1 home defeat to Manchester City, has now raised questions about the United squad and about Mourinho.
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Mourinho has made several changes in the past few games, with his team selection for the Manchester derby coming under scrutiny, but he's expected to continue making changes this week during the League Cup.
As United travel south to face League One side Northampton Town on Wednesday, it is expected that a number of changes are bound to take place, according to Manchester Evening News.
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Despite Mourinho making changes, the word from the Red Devils camp is that it is just to rest the first team stars ahead of the gruelling schedule.
The 53-year-old manager has plenty of options at his disposal and will provide the fringe members of the team the opportunity to prove their worth.
Eric Bailly, David de Gea, and Paul Pogba are some of the stalwarts who will be given time off before returning to Premier League action against champions Leicester City on Saturday.
Backup goalkeeper Sergio Romero, defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah, and wingers Memphis Depay and Ashley Young are all expected to feature having not started a game this term.
Mourinho could look to club veteran Michael Carrick to provide the impetus in a relatively younger and inexperienced squad, while academy graduate Jesse Lingard can also aim to repeat his impressive outing in the Community Shield.
Youngster Sam Johnstone has to be patient for his chance to arrive, while under-18 star Axel Tuanzebe was a surprise inclusion to the Europa League squad by the former Chelsea boss.
Spaniards Juan Mata and Ander Herrera will also be expecting a call-up, with Frenchman Morgan Schneiderlin yet to convince Mourinho of a starting spot.
Already six points adrift arch-rivals Manchester City, with nine points in five games till date, the League Cup tie could not have come at a better time to overturn their fortunes.
Despite news of unrest within the team following the successive defeats, the club have reiterated that the squad is ‘in good spirit’, whereas Marouane Fellaini claims the club is in ‘a little crisis’, as reported by Sky Sports.
The latest setback against Watford marked Mourinho suffering three losses on a trot for the first-time in a decade of his managerial career.
He has various issues to address, and only time will tell if the Red Devils can answer their critics.
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