Manchester United make a rare appearance in the second round of the Capital One Cup this evening, as they take on League One side MK Dons at stadium:mk.
Louis van Gaal is still looking for his first competitive victory as Manchester United manager, having picked up a disappointing one point from his opening two Premier League matches.
United buoyed by Di Maria signing
The Red Devils’ opened their 2014/15 Premier League campaign with a shock 2-1 defeat to Swansea City, and only managed to secure a 1-1 draw with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Sunday.
However, Manchester United fans have been buoyed by the news that Argentina international Angel di Maria is poised to complete his British record £59.7 million transfer from Real Madrid.
The 26-year-old has passed his medical and confirmation of the deal is imminent.
Neither Di Maria nor his Argentina teammate Marcos Rojo, who completed a £16 million move to Old Trafford last week, will feature in tonight’s Capital One Cup match, which Dons’ chairman Pete Winkelman has described as the biggest in the club’s short history.
"It's a terrific way to mark the 10-year anniversary of the club. It's taken us that long to get a really, really great cup draw. It will be the biggest game in the club's history,” he told reporters. "It couldn't be better and I cannot wait. It's so unbelievable, but it's real, they're coming here and we're all really looking forward to it."
MK Dons: Martin; Baldock, Lewington (c), Kay, McFadzean; Alli, Potter; Bowditch, Reeves, Carruthers; Grigg.
Subs: McLoughlin, Spence, Green, Randall, Powell, Hitchcock, Afobe.
Manchester United: De Gea, M Keane, Evans, Vermijl, James, Powell, Janko, Anderson, Hernandez, Kagawa, Welbeck
Subs: Amos, McNair, Thorpe, A Pereira, Januzaj, Zaha, Wilson
Van Gaal names an experimental line-up, with Saidy Janko handed his senior Manchester United debut.
The Dutch coach also gives Anderson his first start of the season, while Danny Welbeck - who has been told he can leave Old Trafford before the transfer window closes on Monday - starts in attack, with Shinji Kagawa just behind him.
Nick Powell also gets a chance to shine, as does highly-rated Belgian right-back Marnick Vermijl.
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