A wounded Manchester United travel to Swansea City on Tuesday night in the Carabao Cup Round of 16.
After a shock 2-1 defeat to Huddersfield in the Premier League on Saturday, United will hope to recover from their first league defeat this season with progression in the League Cup.
Swansea have also recently lost, with a home defeat to Leicester City in a sluggish display at the Liberty Stadium.
Swansea’s home form leads a lot to be desired as of late, winning only once and losing four times in their five home games so far.
On the other hand, Swansea will likely be encouraged by United’s recent form, with a loss last week and a goalless draw at Anfield before that, United’s attacking prowess has been lacking that final bite which they usually possess in abundance.
And with top scorer Romelu Lukaku not scoring since United’s 4-0 defeat of Crystal Palace in September, United desperately need to regain their attacking firepower, especially with crucial league games against Spurs and Chelsea in the coming weeks.
José Mourinho will want to make changes to his team selection, especially in defence, yet will have severely limited options to do so. Injuries are plaguing United’s squad at the moment, with star players such as Paul Pogba, Eric Bailly and Michael Carrick all out injured. While summer signing, Victor Lindelöf was at fault for Huddersfield’s winning goal on Saturday, the former Chelsea boss doesn’t have many options to replace him.
Tammy Abraham, Swansea’s in-form front man, will want to target Lindelöf, and with four league goals to his name already, the 20-year old forward will be raring to face such an unpredictable defence.
The two clubs have already met this season in the league, with the Red Devils cruising to a 4-0 victory back in August, which was also played at the Liberty Stadium. Although three of the goals came within the last 10 minutes, United were still the obvious worthy victors and will hope to repeat that performance in the match on Tuesday.
Swansea manager, Paul Clement, speaking after the loss to Leicester, told BBC Sport: “I think there’s some nervousness around the stadium at the moment that transmits through into the players, but you have to be able to deal with that. You have to be tough to play at this level.”
Whilst the home side can seek encouragement from their opponent’s recent stunted form, the visitors are expected to take the win an progress to the last 8, barring any more defensive mishaps.
Score Prediction: Swansea City 1-2 Manchester United