Expecting a tough game. Several of our players look shattered after Saturday's game. This was to be expected though - playing two games in difficult conditions in the space of 3 days was going to take its toll - it was noticeable our second half performance dropped off against WBA.
Tough ask on Carrick, he especially looked dead on his feet, but I think he'll have to start. Van Persie and Chicharito to replace Kagawa and Welbeck respectively. Defence the same, unless Rafael or Jones are available.
Think there might be 2 or 3 changes in defence. Can't see Vidic playing, Evans may need a rest too. Rafael and Rio in. Might go with 3 in midfield to match them in there after we lost at Wigan last season.