Another Tuesday night, another opportunity for the U’s to add to their points total, although without the enigmatic Wes Hoolahan as usual. The reverse of this fixture saw United run out 5-0 winners at Glanford Park, and a repeat of that scoreline would do nicely, thanks.
As we’re smack bang in the middle of a busy run of fixtures we expect to see some rotation,, but perhaps not too much from the side that won at Port Vale. Declan Drysdale had a horrific first five minutes at Vale Park but steadied himself after that and should keep his place next to Greg in defence, but we’d have no complaints if Jubril Okedina returned to the XI.
In midfield, assuming that Wessi doesn’t play we think Tracey and Hannant will play on the edges of midfield, although Iredale could also come in if either of those is rested. The middle should be May and Boateng but don’t be surprised if we see Liam O’Neil get some minutes after his match winning goal on Saturday. Up front Mullin will partner Ironside or Knibbs.
Expected U’s Line-Up: Burton, Knoyle, Drysdale, Taylor, Dunk, Tracey, May, Boateng, Hannant, Mullin, Ironside
Of course, dropping Wes means a change in formation, with a flatter midfield four expected. This means pushing Tracey and Hannant out wide which should help us get balls forward. A second striker will ensure Mullin isn’t as isolated as he was for seventy minutes on Saturday.
Who’s Their Player to Watch? Myles Hippolyte can provide assists and weighs in with the odd goal too. Ryan Loft & Kevin van Keen are the main goal threat.
Who’s In The Dugout? Neil Cox, former Villa, Middlesbrough and Bolton defender. He’s been at the club just over a year replacing Paul Hurst.
What’s Their Recent Form Like? P5, W3, D0, L2, For 6, Against 5
Any Ex-United Players? Defender George Taft joined from Bolton earlier this season. Taft had about a thousand loan spells at the Abbey before joining permanently and was a regular fixture in the U’s defence.
Last Time Out: Scunthorpe 0-5 U’s October 17 2020
A Paul Mullin hat-trick, a couple from Big Joe and a lovely finish from Luke Hannant saw United notch up their second 5-0 away win of the season back in October.
From The Archive: Scunthorpe 4-0 U’s, April 16 2005
Excuse the frankly awful quality of this video (both in resolution and footballing ability) but here’s a reminder that Cambridge haven’t always been this good. Matt Somner, Ciaran Toner and Iwan Roberts some of the faces here condemning the U’s to a heavy defeat and relegation from the League.
UTAS Moosenet Tip: 4-0 United, Mullin