Report: United to welcome Vidic & Carrick back for League Cup, Rooney?

Manchester United will be looking to bounce back from their FA Cup exit by defeating Sunderland in the League Cup semifinal.

The first-team selected for the Tuesday, January 7 League Cup semifinal clash versus Sunderland at the Stadium of Light will have a completely different look to the one whom failed to obtain a result against Swansea City at home on Sunday, resulting in an early exit from the FA Cup.

According to ESPN, the changes will begin at the back as David de Gea replaces Anders Lindegaard, who conceded twice against Michael Laudrup's men, having only faced three shots on target (seven off target). In defence, Patrice Evra will return to a starting role, as will Nemanja Vidic, whose place in the Swansea game was taken by Rio Ferdinand.

Manager David Moyes' opposite number at the weekend was Michael Laudrup, who claimed that the ultimate difference between his side and United's, was the creation of chances. Swansea limited United's production in the final third, while having more shots on goal themselves.

Wayne Rooney's inclusion would no doubt aid United's suffering in the attacking regions, but the Englishman will be subject to late fitness examinations in order to assess his availability due to a groin complaint.

Mid-term absentee Robin van Persie and Rooney's strike partner, however, remains sidelined, as is Ashley Young (shoulder), Marouane Fellaini (hand) and Nani (hamstring).

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