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Manchester United give team news vs Brighton in Carabao Cup

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Manchester United have no fresh injury concerns ahead of their Carabao Cup fourth round tie at Brighton.

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made 10 changes for the 3-0 third round victory against Luton Town last week and there could be wholesale changes again at the Amex Stadium.

Dean Henderson, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Eric Bailly, Brandon Williams, Fred, Scott McTominay, Donny van de Beek, Jesse Lingard, Daniel James, Juan Mata and Odion Ighalo are in line for recalls as United prioritise the visit of Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

Jose Mourinho’s side host Chelsea in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night and Maccabi Haifa in their Europa League Play-off on Thursday in a manic final week before the October internationals.

“It’s an opportunity for game-time,” Solskjaer said. “We need to build up the squad for a long season ahead and, of course, it’s an opportunity for individuals to impress.

“At the stage we’re at we need to have players ready and available because it’s a long season. But we have a strong and a big squad.

“We’ve got a big week coming up with this cup game and Tottenham on Sunday so eyes on both of them.”

Solskjaer never won the League Cup as a player with United; he was on the losing side to Liverpool in the 2003 final and not deemed fit enough to make the matchday squad in the 2006 thrashing of Wigan Athletic.

United last played the same team back-to-back in October 2012 when they visited Chelsea in the league and League Cup, winning the former 3-2 and losing the latter 5-4 after extra-time. Brighton manager Graham Potter made 11 changes for their win at Preston North End in the third round last week and Solskjaer does not expect Saturday’s madcap match at to have any bearing on Wednesday night’s reunion.

“You never know what managers think and what they want,” Solskjaer said. “But, for us, it’s a game we want to win but we also need the players to get their season started.

“Every game lives its own life and of course at the stage we’re at in the season with all the games coming up I think teams are making changes. You can see teams have a cup team and a league team and we’ll make changes. It’ll be very similar to what happened last week against Luton.

“It depends how you want to get there, you’ve got teams getting there even without playing, even to this round! It’s a competition you always want to go far in and you always want to try to give experience to the young kids as well and the squad needs to feel that we’re together.

“If you only play one XI that’s not great at times. So for us we want to win and give that feeling that it’s important this season.

“I’ve lost one or two finals, I can’t remember how many, but I won the day after one of them because my daughter was born [in 2003]. That was more important!”

Possible United XI: Henderson, Fosu-Mensah, Bailly, Maguire, Williams, Fred, Van de Beek, Juan Mata, Daniel James, Jesse Lingard, Odion Ighalo

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