Manchester United host West Ham United on Wednesday night in the replay of their third round FA Cup fixture.
With a trip to the White Hart Lane looming large on the horizon, the Red Devils manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, is expected to rest a few of his experienced stars for the midweek game.
Therefore, with some big changes set to be made in the squad, here are three players Fergie should give a start on Wednesday night.
Since his breathtaking debut against Wigan last September, Buttner has struggled for playing time at United.
Admittedly, Buttner is somewhat sluggish when it comes to defending, but it has to be noted that the Netherlands international is quite astute with tackling and interceptions and all he lacks is some positioning sense- that could be easily attained if the 23-year-old gets more time on the pitch.
The tie against West Ham could be thus ideal.
With Evra likely to be rested for the replay, Buttner should be handed the starting role against the Hammers in order to gain first-team experience and also so that the former Vitesse youngster could continue with his development at Old Trafford.
Nick Powell is the future of United’s midfield, but is perhaps, another player lacking first-team opportunities.
Henceforth, with Tom Cleverley and even Michael Carrick, likely to be dropped due to the Spurs game on the weekend, Powell should sit in the centre of the park for United.
Yes, he is just 18, but Powell’s creativity, pace and excellent vision are bound torment the West Ham midfielders and it could be in-fact a great opportunity for the player himself to play up against a taxing opponent in a must-win fixture.
According to Ferguson, Luis Nani has finally recovered from his long-term hamstring injury and the lad is available to play against West Ham.
Although his departure from United looking unavoidable due to the publicized wage-war between the two parties, Nani could provide United with a new dynamism and creativity on the flanks.
Young is injured and Valencia is struggling to recreate his past season form.
Thus, it won’t really harm United if they give Nani a chance to showcase his on-field talents and who knows, the Portugal international might just cap off a wonderful evening against Sam Allardyce’s men to help the Red Devils advance into the fourth round of England’s most historic tournament.