Man United v Middlesbrough

Manchester United will be hoping for better fortune in the Capital One Cup when Middlesbrough visit Old Trafford on Wednesday in a fourth-round clash.

Louis van Gaal's side played out to successive draws against CSKA Moscow and Manchester City in the Champions League and Premier League respectively last week.

The Red Devils are now preparing for their third game – and third competition – in the space of a week as they bid for a place in the quarter-finals of the League Cup.

United have not faced the Teessiders since their relegation from the Premier League in 2009 and last lost at home to the same opposition back in 2004.

The four-time League Cup champions set up the cup-tie against Boro following a 3-0 win over Ipswich in the third round, while Aitor Karanka's team beat Oldham, Burton and Wolves in the previous stages.

Van Gaal could be without Antonio Valencia for the midweek encounter after the Ecuadorian was forced off with a foot injury in the closing stages of the Manchester derby on Sunday.

Andreas Pereira is in line to make a rare start, the teenage midfielder having scored with a free-kick against the Tractor Boys in the last round, while Jesse Lingard could feature after coming off the bench against City.

Stewart Downing, who was a member of the team that won at Old Trafford 11 years ago, is rated doubtful with a rib injury, but the winger could play through the pain barrier.

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