Louis van Gaal has talked of fielding a "fresh" Manchester United team against Ipswich Town in their Capital One Cup third round tie tonight (23 September), suggesting he will make a number of changes from the side that beat Southampton. The Dutch boss, however, refutes claims that he is already thinking of the upcoming league match with Sunderland, saying he wants United to "fight for every cup" this season.
United put the disappointment of the loss to PSV in the Champions League group stage opener behind them when they beat Ronald Koeman's side 3-2 at the weekend, closing the gap with leaders Manchester City to just two points. But having suffered a humiliating elimination to MK Dons in the second round last year, Van Gaal is determined to avoid a banana skin in his second shot at the League Cup.
"Last year, we were out in the second round. Now we are already in the third round so we are further but I think you have to fight for every cup and that is what we shall do," the boss said to MUTV. "We hope to [have a long run in the League Cup]. That's why I want a fresh team and I hope we shall beat Ipswich Town. Ipswich are a very good team. I have seen them play, we have analysed this team, they have very good players also and they play like a team. I think they shall play directly to their strikers and that's always difficult to defend [against]. Cambridge and Preston North End did it also [in last season's FA Cup] but we beat them both."
Van Gaal has left both Jesse Lingaard and James Wilson out of his squad for the game but other young players and fringe stars are expected to have a chance to prove the boss they deserve time in his first choice line-up. Van Gaal hailed the importance of the game, while refusing claims he is already thinking about the next Premier League match.
"No, I am not like that," he replied. "I want to win every match and Sunderland is the game after this match. Now I focus on the match we have to play and I have asked the players to do that in the same way because we have to beat Ipswich Town."