The early stages of the Carling Cup rarely throw up any real excitement but this encounter showcases arguably England’s fiercest rivalry and always makes for a feisty atmosphere – the 9,000 Leeds’ fans reaction to last year’s FA cup win at Old Trafford is testament to that.
Even though the stakes are low for Manchester United, Sir Alex will be keen to avenge that loss and he may temper his usual Carling Cup youngsters with the likes of Michael Carrick, Michael Owen and Ryan Giggs all featuring.
Of the youngsters who might get a run out in the second half, French 18 year-old Paul Pogba is the one to keep an eye on – the athletic central-midfielder has been compared to Patrick Viera but has a superb vision and execution that points to a more complete attacking force, he has impressed with a number of long-range goals in his time at United.
Leeds will be without suspended defender Patrick Kisnorbo so one of Leigh Bromby and Alex Bruce will be come in. Manager Simon Grayson has no new injury problems ahead of the game but could a first start since April to fit-again Luciano Becchio. Becchio could be paired alongside Billy Paynter who is also fit after a shin injury.
Sir Alex Ferguson makes a number of changes to his team, youngsters Paul Pogba and Will Keane should come off the bench with Michael Owen making his first appearance of the season for United.
Fellow strikers Mame Biram Diouf and Federico Macheda are also be involved while the experience will come in the shape of duo Park Ji-sung and Ryan Giggs.
Lonergan, Lees, Bromby, O`Dea, White, Snodgrass, Howson, Clayton, McCormack, Becchio, Keogh
Rachubka, Taylor, O`Brien, Nunez, Vayrynen, Brown, Forssell
Amos, Fabio, De Silva, Carrick, Valencia, Diouf, Giggs, Ji Sung, Macheda, Owen, Berbatov, Fryers
De Gea, Brown, Thorpe, Keane, Welbeck, Pogba, Cole