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STAR PREVIEW Tues: Luton Town v Man U

The Carabao Cup has always been a tricky competition for punters, and a football schedule tuned on its head makes it even harder for most managers to navigate. The third and fourth rounds – where the Premier League’s best and brightest are released into the draw – are packed into two consecutive weeks at the beginning of the football league season, which can create headaches for managers like Ole Gunnar Solskjaer of Manchester United as his side face Luton.

Luton Town v Man Utd
Carabao Cup Third Round
20:15 Sky Sports Football / Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Ultra HD

(Maximum 10 matches, since 2010)
First Meeting since 2010

Solskjaer – who enjoyed a lot of post lockdown success as United found attacking fluency that had been missed for some time – started the season on the back foot as a sluggish Manchester United were deservedly beaten by Crystal Palace in their Premier League opener, and the United boss has claimed that a shortened pre-season means they could need utpo five games to reach their full level.

That could leave them vulnerable against a Luton side who come into this full of confidence after wins against Barnsley and Derby, whilst also beating Norwich 2-1 at home and Reading 1-0 away in this competition.

They’re coming into this encounter in full flow with Nathan Jones’ counter press working an absolute treat and striker James Collins going brilliantly after a a hat-trick against Norwich and a goal at Barnsley – so if United aren’t at the races then this could be a long evening for them against a side that’s also adept at sitting deep behind the ball.

However, there is a division between the pair and United – even whilst making changes – won’t have a weak squad out. It’s possible that United will have a rear guard of Dean Henderson in goal with Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Harry Maguire, Eric Bailly, and Luke Shaw whilst we could see Donny van de Beek operating at 10 whilst Bruno Fernandes is rested – supplying Daniel James and Odion Ighalo going forward.

Much will depend on how ready United can get themselves, but if they’re less than 100% than it wouldn’t be a surprise if they struggle further and Luton could be worth supporting for modest stakes with a two goal head start.

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