David Moyes confirms changes afoot for Capital One Cup tie

Manchester United manager David Moyes says that he will make wholesale changes to his team for tonight’s Capital One Cup trip to Stoke.

The tie at the Britannia Stadium is the first of the Red Devils’ four matches in 10 days, and comes not long after their Sunday win away at Aston Villa.

Having lost Robin van Persie to injury, the Scot’s options are somewhat depleted already, with a few first-team players also sidelined.

Moyes is aware that he needs to keep his squad fit and firing, and says that he is likely to use the cup clash hand some of his established stars a break from action:

“We have a squad of players who I believe can all play in any game, so I’ll look at them and see who I think is ready,” he is quoted by Sky Sports.

“We have a lot of games coming up and we need to use that squad, so I’ll look at this game and see who is best suited. But I think we have fielded a strong side in every game we have played.

“There were a few I expected to play [against Villa] but got injured on Saturday before we travelled down. There is nothing fresh and hopefully I won’t find anything fresh.”

Despite this, Moyes says that he is taking the Capital One Cup seriously:

“All cup competitions are important to Manchester United.”

United will be attempting to make it into the last four of the competition for the first time since 2010, and could join Sunderland, Manchester City and one of West Ham or Tottenham in the draw for the semi-finals.

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