Manchester United v Middlesbrough
Champions League, 2015-16
Date: Wednesday, 28 October, Wednesday
Time: 20:00 BST
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester
Where to watch: No live coverage in the UK
In the last five meetings between these two clubs, Boro has not managed to beat the Red Devils. Out of these fixture, three were played at Old Trafford and United scored eight goals and conceded only two in the process.
With Louis van Gaal’s side very strong with defence, it is unlikely the Premier League outfit will leak goals in the fourth round of the Cpaital One Cup. At home, they have been very impressive as they conceded only one goal in the league, which came during their 3-1 victory over Liverpool.
Aitor Karanka’s side will have a tough task to break United’s resilience when they face them during the midweek. He will have to balance his side in terms of both attack and defence.
United have struggled to win as they registered only one win in four matches played in all compeititons. In the last two fixtures, the settled for a draw, which includes a goalless draw against their local rivals Manchester City.
On the other hand, Boro went on without a win in three matches and registered a 3-1 win over Wolves in the last tie. Their goalscoring form will be a concern for Jose Mourinho’s former assistant as they scored six goals in the last five matches.
Van Gaal has only one additional injury concern for the Cpaital One Cup clash. Ecuadorian international Antonio Valencia has suffered a foot injury during the Manchester derby and the winger-turned defender could miss the midweek clash.
He joins longt-term absentee Luke Shaw on the treatement table. Paddy McNair has been sidelined following the international break and the versatile defender is also set to miss the clash aghainst Middlesbrough.
Ashley Young missed the clash agianst City and the former Aston Villa man likely to be in contention to face the Championship side.
Meanwhile, Middlesbrough has few injury concerns for the clash against the Premier League giants on Wednesday. Karanka is likely to be without the services of Albert Adomah, Adam Forshaw and Cristhian Stuani in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup fixture.
Possible Lineups: Manchester United v Middlesbrough
Manchester United: Romero; Darmian, Jones, Blind, Rojo; Carrick, Schneiderlin; Lingard, Herrera, Pereira; Wilson
Middlesbrough: Konstantopoulos; Kalas, Ayala, Gibson, Friend; Leadbitter, Clayton, Fabbrini; De Pena, Downing; Nugent