United have named their team to face Luton tonight.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under pressure for his team to get a good result and a good performance following Saturday’s capitulation to Crystal Palace. And, considering one of the major complaints from the weekend was that the players needed match fitness, many expected United to be fielding a strong side at Kenilworth Road.
“We’ll make some changes,” Ole told ManUtd.com. “Of course we will. For some, it’s the pre-season and, for some, they’ve only been here for a week now, for different reasons. Some of them need game-time, they do and we can see we’re lacking in sharpness. We just need to make the most of the training sessions and games we have. [There are] no injuries, no fresh injuries after that game [on Saturday] but, as I said, we’ll rotate and give some minutes. Some, after the game, will do some harder training this week to get ready for Brighton. Some will join the squad and go down there.”
“Cup games are cup games, of course. Luton have got their style, Nathan Jones has come back now after doing so well with them and getting them promoted. They’re a team that’s direct with high intensity, aggressive and, of course, strong set-plays – you worry when you play teams with centre-backs that are, well, a bigger size than me anyway. We need four or five games to get up to the standard we know we’re capable of. We haven’t had an opportunity to get those games in and we have to make sure, in these games, we get the minutes and make the players ready to start competing in the league again. Brighton away [on Saturday] is going to be a very tough one so we’ll use this one [for minutes]. We want to get through, but it’s also minutes for a few.”
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