Manchester United‘s Carabao Cup run will start against West Ham United on Wednesday evening as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to win silverware for the first time as United boss but the Norwegian is expected to be without three players for the third-round tie.
Solskjaer has yet to win a trophy in his time at United, coming agonisingly close last year against Villarreal when the Red Devils lost the Europa League final on penalties in May.
United were unfortunate not to come out victorious but were made to pay for a lack of cutting edge which saw the Spanish outfit lift the trophy.
Yet with new signings Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane walking through the door since then, there is more expectation to win trophies at Old Trafford than ever before.
And with a relatively full-strength squad for the clash against West Ham, the Carabao Cup may provide a competition in which United can end their wait for silverware.
But having triumphed against the Hammers in the league on Sunday afternoon, Solskjaer’s men will have a mental advantage going into the game.
A controversial game littered with VAR decisions saw United win 2-1 in the dying embers, although Mark Noble missed a late penalty as the hosts wasted a chance to snatch a draw in east London.
Noble came on for Jarrod Bowen for the penalty – which was the last kick of the game – but saw his effort saved by David de Gea.