United have struggled to get going in the Premier League and edged over the line in the Champions League against Copenhagen ast week. However, they put their best performance of the season together in a 3-0 cup win against Crystal Palace in the last round so United will hope that they continue such form in this clash.
Very few games seem straightforward for Erik ten Hag&aposs side, though, and Newcastle are a team in good form. They are unbeaten in six Premier League matches and beat high-flying Manchester City in the last round.
Eddie Howes men are competing well domestically and still harbour aspirations of making the Champions League knockout stages. They will smell blood against a wounded United team that is seriously lacking in identity, style and confidence.
Ten Hags squad remains riddled with injuries as Luke Shaw, Amad Diallo, Tyrell Malacia and Lisandro Martinez all long-term absentees. Jadon Sancho remains exiled from the squad after falling out with Ten Hag.
Casemiro and Aaron Wan-Bissaka were passed fit to play against City at the weekend so could feature. Raphael Varane, Mason Mount and Alejandro Garnacho could feature having been left out of the team in recent weeks. Kobbie Mainoo could also have been considered had he not played for the Under-21s at Salford last night.
Newcastle are also struggling on the availability front with summer signing Sandro Tonali at the start of his eight-month ban for breaching betting rules. Harvey Barnes, Elliot Anderson, Jacob Murphy, Alexander Isak and Sven Botman will also all be absent.
Predicted Man United line-up: Onana; Dalot, Varane, Maguire, Reguilon; Amrabat, Eriksen; Antony, Mount, Garnacho; Hojlund.
Predicted Newcastle line-up: Pope; Livramento, Schar, Lascelles, Targett; Willock, Guimaraes, Joelinton; Almiron, Wilson, Gordon.
United 2-1 Newcastle (AET)
The Carabao Cup feels even more important tonight given United&aposs form. It gives Ten Hag the option to field youngsters and they seem to play with a bit more freedom, without shackles.
With Howes focus on the Champions League and Premier League, the Magpies might not match Uniteds enthusiasm for this competition. While a Newcastle win would surprise nobody, a more exuberant display from the Red Devils could just be enough to make the next round.