After seeing off Swindon the U’s have been rewarded with a trip to South London and the chance to test themselves against Championship opposition in the form of everyone’s favourite second club, Millwall.
To be honest, there’s not much money in the League Cup, so we reckon Bonner will use it as a chance to get some minutes into fringe players – whilst we’re not expecting wholesale changes we think we might see a few of the other faces in the squad given their time to shine. In fact, the only starters we’d bank on would probably be the centre back pairing of Jones and Masterson, giving them another opportunity to play alongside each other and strengthen the bond started in Liverpool’s U23’s.
Leon Davies could feature at right back, and we think Adam May and Jensen Weir will probably feature in the middle, possibly Jack Lankester too, although it may be too soon for him to start. Up front expect to see Harvey Knibbs, whether solo or as part of a front two. In goal we think new man Will Mannion will get the nod over Mitov.
Expected U’s Line-Up: Mannion, Davies, Jones, Masterson, Dunk, Digby, Worman, May, Weir, Tracey, Knibbs
Who’s Their Player To Watch? Benik Afobe has been around for what seems like forever, but he’s still only 28. On loan from Stoke, the forward has three seasons of Premier League experience with Bournemouth.
Who’s In The Dugout? Only a bona-fide U’s legend. Gary Rowett was part of the side that finished 5th in Division One back in 1992, before leaving for Everton a couple of years later. He’s been in charge at the Den since October 2019, having previously managed Burton, Birmingham, Derby and Stoke.
What’s Their Recent Form Like? Two draws, two defeats and an EFL Cup win against Portsmouth.
Any Ex-United Players? Not since Tom Elliott left.
Last Time Out: Millwall 3-2 United, 14 January 2003
Not much footage of this exists (some might say thankfully), but a 3-2 FA Cup Replay defeat was our last visit to The Den.
From The Archive: Millwall 1-2 United, 7 September 1991
Lions boss Gary Rowett scored the winner for the U’s after Micheal Cheetham had equalised for us.
We discuss Millwall, as well as Saturday’s visit of Bolton in the latest episode of the UTAS Podcast