After a 3-2 win and a Martial art performance at St Mary’s on Sunday, Manchester United now turn their attention to Wednesday night, where Louis van Gaal’s men welcome Ipswich Town to the Theatre of Dreams in the 3rd round of the Capital One Cup.
The two sides have met 52 times before, but not for 13 years – Manchester United winning 25 of the match ups, and Ipswich just behind with 18, therefore there only ever being 9 draws between the two clubs.
The most triumphant victory for United against Ipswich, and United’s record win – came in 1995, when the Red Devils thrashed the Tractor Boys 9-0 at Old Trafford; Andy Cole scoring 5 times for the Reds, and holding the record for the most goals scored by one player in a Premier League game – later levelled by Defoe, Shearer and Berbatov. That season, United finished in 2nd place, 1 point behind champions Blackburn Rovers – with Ipswich Town finishing bottom, and a whopping 61 points lower than the Reds.
The last time the sides met, during Ipswich’s most recent spell in the top flight, resulted in a 1-0 win for United at Portman Road, where Ruud van Nistelrooy’s first half penalty secured that victory for the Reds.
However, 13 years on – both sides have changed. Since they last met, United have won 6 Premier League titles, 1 FA Cup, 6 Community Shields and the occasion – the Capital One Cup, 3 times.
United will be hoping to bounce off the Southampton win and progress through to the 4th Round of the cup, as well as potentially rotating the squad and giving the likes of Wilson, Pereira and Lingard a chance.
Louis van Gaal has confirmed that Rojo and McNair are both unavailable for selection due to injury, and that Phil Jones will start on the bench. So I’d like United to line up in the same 4-2-3-1 formation they’ve set out with this season, this is my squad:
I think it’s important for the likes of Pereira, Lingard and Wilson to get experience in these kind of games, especially at Old Trafford. It will get them used to playing in front of the home crowd, so they’re ready to go onto the big stage if called up in the future. However it’s also important that United’s regular players stay sharp too, with a tough run of fixtures approaching – Arsenal and Everton away, and City at home.
Anthony Martial has to start for me, we need the pace. It’s great having Memphis out wide but we need speed through the middle, something Rooney has slowly lost over the years. It’ll be interesting to see what team Louis van Gaal lines up with, judging on the upcoming fixtures and the recent individual performances by some players.
Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy looks forward to the “unbelievable experience” he is about to face, speaking to the club website, he said:
“It’s probably the biggest draw you could get in the cup.
My phone’s been going non-stop, with people not only wishing me all the best but asking for tickets as well.
It will be a massive thing for the town, the club and the players. You can go into a massive game like this where no points are up for grabs not quite with the shackles off, but you can enjoy yourself.
For the young lads as well, even if they don’t play and just travel to Old Trafford it will be an unbelievable experience.”
A massive occasion for Ipswich, however they are the huge underdogs – but you never know with football.
Kick off is 8pm, and the date of the fixture is Wednesday 23rd September. My prediction is 4-0 United. Come on you Reds!