Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy has come forward and admitted that his side’s League Cup third-round fixture against Manchester United will either “frighten(s)” or “inspire(s)” his boys, reports the Daily Mail. The Championship outfit travel to Old Trafford on the 23rd of this month in what is a true David versus Goliath affair.
Ipswich are currently 5th in the Championship but that does not mean that they will head into the encounter at Old Trafford with too much expectation.
McCarthy said, ” We will get taken on the coach right into the ground, you can see the size of it all, the players know the history of the club and all of their players, then when they go out onto the warm-up our lads will see the surroundings. It either frightens you or inspires you I guess, so let’s hope it inspires our guys.”
The English manager also mentioned that he would be looking to chop and change his squad for the Capital One Cup tie. McCarthy admitted,” We have had lots of games so the last thing I need is everybody playing and then we can’t get going on Saturday.”
The boss did however, rule out the possibility of allowing their hosts too much respect. He said, “But no matter which team I play or the team United put out it is going to be a tough match for them. We are not just going up there to let them have the ball and keep coming at us, we are going to attack them.”
Ipswich Town will not have their entire squad to choose from. Teenage midfielder Teddy Bishop will be unavailable while goalkeeper Dean Gerken will be subject to a late fitness test. Ryan Fraser and Kevin Bru though, will be back in the fray after they successfully made their way back from injury.