Brian Barry Murphy’s Rochdale travels to Old Trafford tonight, looking to pull off a shock win that would see them advance into the fourth round of the EFL Cup.
The Dale can be inspired from Colchester United’s penalty shootout victory over Tottenham Hotspur last night, as they held them to a 0-0 draw.
After enjoying a good start to their League One campaign, Rochdale have picked up just one point from their last three games, so this is an opportunity for a massive upset. There’s no pressure on the visitors, enjoy yourselves and see what happens.
What will their defence look like tonight…
16-year-old Luke Matheson should continue at right-back. On his professional debut, the defender handled Aiden McGeady, arguably the best player in the division, which suggests he isn’t fazed by the big challenge. Playing at the Theatre of Dreams will be a dream come true for the youngster.
Jim McNulty will provide that experience and stability for the game, guiding his young full-back through the 90 minutes. Although the 34-year-old is new to playing at Old Trafford, he’s an experienced head that will thrive on playing against United.
Alongside him will be Eoghan O’Connell as he looks to build his partnership with McNulty stronger with each passing game.
Finally at left-back, will be Rhys Norrington-Davies. A super young talent on loan from Sheffield United that has already contributed with both goals and assists this season. Davies is a modern-day full-back that is capable of attacking and defending, the size of the Old Trafford pitch will play to his strengths.
If Rochdale can score first it’ll be an interesting game, as they play some very good football under Murphy.