Manchester United takes its first tentative steps towards another trophy at Old Trafford on Wednesday evening (Thursday morning AEST) with Sir Alex Ferguson pondering whether to introduce a couple of significant faces to his team to play Newcastle United in the Capital One Cup.
In rejecting the potential for
And Ferguson has previously used the fourth competition on his list of seasonal priorities for star men to hit the comeback trail, having done so with
Although Tottenham Hotspur, Cluj and a Premier League trip to
Rooney will want to make an impact when he does eventually return, having failed to shine in the opening weekend defeat to former club Everton, which resulted in him being dropped against Fulham five days later.
That was the game in which the 26-year-old sustained the deep gash to his thigh that has ruled him out for a month so far, and keen to make up for lost time in his battle for a first-team berth.
Whilst Rooney's participation cannot be taken for granted, it appears to be the perfect opportunity for 18-year-old new boy
Delays in securing Henriquez's international clearance after his arrival from
Having taken the decision not to immediately send Henriquez back to
Providing Fletcher makes it, the Scotland skipper would be making another major step forward in his battle to combat a chronic bowel complaint, made public in December but which has troubled him since
Plenty of changes are envisaged, although as
"We won it two years in a row by the manager giving younger players a chance," said the Northern Ireland defender.
"It was the first trophy I had won with the club.
"He stuck with the players that time. It is a question of getting over the first couple of games. Before you know it you are playing to get in a semi-final.
"That ups the ante and gets you on the ball."
And Evans likes the look of England Under-19 international defender Keane, twin brother of another highly-rated academy graduate Will, who is presently sidelined with a long-term knee injury.
"I have been very impressed with Michael," said Evans.
"Over the past couple of years his brother has been getting more of the headlines.
"But I have been really impressed with Michael when he has stepped up into training with us. I can see him getting a bit of a run out if things go well."
As a former Sunderland player, any meeting with Newcastle has added interest for Evans, although surprisingly he has not played against them that many times.
"It is weird," he said.
"I missed the derby and Newcastle is a ground I have never played at.
"They had a great season last season and have had quite a good start this time.
"They are a strong physical team and I am sure they will be putting out their best side."
Whether Evans is involved is another matter.
He limped away from Anfield last weekend, leaving him fearing another lay-off after a northern summer ankle operation took longer to recover from than he expected.
"It was frustrating," said Evans.
"There were a few setbacks along the way and I am playing catch-up in terms of pre-season.
"It will probably take me a bit longer adjusting to training.
"You think you are not too far away until you have a few sessions with the first-team. Then you really feel it in your lungs."