MANCHESTER UNITED were held to a 0-0 draw the first time they met Burton in 2006 but don’t expect a repeat tonight as Jose Mourinho plans to rotate his first team.
Unibet's Joe Short looks ahead to the game with a stats-packed preview:
Burton’s record against Manchester United reads D1 L1, although they are yet to score against the Red Devils
Manchester United were forced into an FA Cup replay the first time they met Burton back in January 2006. Burton stunned the Premier League giants with a 0-0 draw against Sir Alex Ferguson’s side 11 years ago. The replay ended 5-0 at Old Trafford as United dominated the game. But Burton will head to Manchester on Wednesday with hope of pulling off another upset. Of course, replays don’t exist in the Carabao Cup so this tie would go to extra time. That would be a shock in itself and Burton, 19th in the Championship, probably wouldn’t mind dipping out of the Carabao Cup to focus on the survival.
Manchester United have scored four goals in three of their seven games this season
Manchester United have reacted superbly to the 2-1 UEFA Super Cup defeat to Real Madrid by going unbeaten in the Premier League and Champions League. They’ve kept five clean sheets in six games since then, scoring 19 goals. On Sunday they put four past Everton and kept the Toffees out at the back. Jose Mourinho will likely rotate his squad for this visit of Burton but United will remain deadly. Expect Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard to get their opportunities to stake a place for a regular starting berth with the nod on Wednesday night, while Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford will be on the bench just in case they’re needed.
Three of Burton’s four wins this season have been by a 2-1 scoreline
Burton have found life in the Championship this season tough. Only three clubs have scored fewer goals than them (6), while they have conceded 15 times already. Leaking 1.8 goals per game isn’t great form when you’re coming up against the prolificacy of this Manchester United attack. A morale-boosting 2-1 win over Fulham this weekend will give the side a bit of confidence heading to Old Trafford and they toppled Championship high-fliers Cardiff in the second round of the Carabao Cup. Burton have scored first in three of their four wins this season and will need something against United if they are to scare the Premier League leaders.
Anthony Martial’s three goals this season have come off the bench and in the last 10 minutes of matches
Anthony Martial should get a start against Burton on Wednesday night after spending much of the first part of the season watching from the substitute’s bench. Martial has struggled to get game time ahead of Marcus Rashford, while Henrikh Mkhitaryan has proved an effective assist maker. The early rounds of the Carabao Cup is the perfect time for Mourinho to rest his starters, with Romelu Lukaku and Rashford almost certain to be on the bench. Martial may therefore lead the line. The France international hasn’t scored in the first half of a match for United since a 2-0 win at Burnley back in April. He should get on the scoresheet this week.
Manchester United won the EFL Cup last season with an aggregate score throughout the competition of 15-6
Manchester United battled their way to the final of the EFL Cup last season after a close encounter with Manchester City and a nerve two-legged semi-final against Hull. Zlatan Ibrahimovic finished as the tournament’s top scorer with four goals but started on the bench for their opening third-round match against Northampton. Mourinho made nine changes for that 3-1 win and you can expect almost as many on Wednesday. Premier League and Champions League are the priority this season and the cups will likely be used as a means of blooding fresh talent or keeping the squad’s reserves happy. Expect changes.