Luke Shaw believes Manchester United’s fringe players will be desperate to impress when they face Brighton in the Carabao Cup fourth round.
Shaw could be among those rested as Solskjaer shuffles his pack, but the left-back believes the game is an opportunity for United to send a message over their squad depth.
“Of course it’s a competition we want to win, but I think it gives the manager that opportunity to give chances to other players that are on the bench and on the fringe, who are training very hard to get chances,” Shaw told MUTV.
“I think games like this are perfect for them. It’s good that we’ve got a very strong squad with players who are ready to play and are ready to take their chance. I’m sure the players are looking forward to that on Wednesday.
“Matches are coming thick and fast and, like I say, they’re competitions that we want to be strong in, we want to be winning and be challenging in. But it’s also a chance for players to get game time and sharpness.”
United were criticised for their performance on Saturday at Brighton and they’ve also received stick for a perceived lack of depth in their squad. But Shaw believes the younger players at Old Trafford are eager to improve with the Carabao Cup offering the ideal opportunity. Dean Henderson, Teden Mengi and Timothy Fosu-Mensah could all feature on Wednesday night.
“I think that’s something those younger players need to smell and know with this manager that they’re going to get a chance,” Shaw added on the competition.
“They’re always working hard, always pushing themselves and I think they know they’ll get a chance if they keep working. Hopefully we can see some more youngsters on Wednesday and they can show what they can do.”