But he also had to take into account their emotional state after it emerged they were the players Chelsea accused referee
It is unclear whether either would prefer to sit out Wednesday evening's (Thursday morning AEDT) revenge mission, which takes place against a backdrop of yet another racism saga that threatens to drag English football through the mud.
Clattenburg, who faces police and
The official in the middle of what could be a febrile atmosphere at Stamford Bridge is
That was because of the decision by the referee to send off two Chelsea players and failure to spot
By accident or by design, the atmosphere could be helped by the likelihood of both sides making a raft of changes for the fourth-round clash.
"It is certainly a tricky situation,"
"It is also our fourth game in 10 days and they have all been big games, so we are looking to freshen the team up a little bit for sure, and also put a couple of youngsters in.
"We always talk about developing and giving youngsters a chance so this type of game is a good opportunity for some of them."
They could be joined by
"They have been waiting for an opportunity and going forward I think we will see more of them.
"Our fixture list is pretty packed with seven games in November and nine or 10 games in December and it is very demanding."
Like Chelsea, United fielded a blend of youth and experience in the third-round win last month.
"We will have to wait for the teamsheet, but I am not expecting just a young team, I am expecting a strong team," said
"When you play Man United it is always a big game in whichever competition you play in.
"I hope the supporters get behind the team, the young players especially, and push us on to a win.
"Any trophy you add to your cabinet is a plus and this is one you have to try your best to go and get. That is the objective."
The Italian was disappointed Didier Drogba was the only member of his UEFA Champions League-winning squad nominated for the FIFA Ballon d'Or but added: "It is a privilege to be the manager of Chelsea and to work with these world-class players, trying to achieve success."
Chelsea refused to comment on reports it had beefed up security for the game in the wake of the crowd trouble that also marred last weekend's game and led to a steward being hospitalised.
A club spokesman said: "We keep security under continual review."
League Cup sponsors Capital One have declared themselves "absolutely delighted" with the first season of their four-year deal.