The first cup-tie of the new era and the question is: Which Newcastle players should Steve McClaren ‘rest’ against Northampton?
Fielding weakened teams in the cups has became a major bone of contention for Newcastle fans but Mike Ashley claimed in May that the cup competitions were now being taken seriously.
Steve McClaren has also said that his ambition is to win a cup for the Newcastle fans.
So what kind of team should Newcastle put out?
A home game against League Two opposition should arguably not be a problem whichever team the Head Coach puts out.
However, supporters will want him to make sure there are no slip-ups, whilst for some fans it will be a statement of intent when the team is named.
With only Sissoko and Dummett likely to be ruled out through injury and five new signings, including former Northampton striker Ivan Toney, United look to have far more credible options than previous seasons.
The bench on Saturday at Old Trafford contained:
Darlow, Williamson, Tiote, Aarons, de Jong, Thauvin, Cisse
With many supporters maybe even thinking that it would be a GOOD thing to make changes to include some/most of these players, plus Daryl Janmaat also comes into contention after suspension.
The Northampton match will be the fourth game in the space of 17 days, so just who should Steve McClaren leave out, if anybody…?