Tabb hoping for a repeat of 2007 if he takes to the field with the Blues this evening
Jay Tabb believes Old Trafford is a venue every footballer wants to play at but insists the Blues are heading into the tie with nothing to fear
The midfielder played at the Theatre of Dreams for Coventry in 2007, playing his part as the Sky Blues knocked United out of the then-named Carling Cup and he believes Town are capable of doing something similar.
“It’s a great place to play and most of the lads are really looking forward to it,” he told the official Club website.
“You have to enjoy it. It’s a great occasion. So many people grow up wanting to be professional footballers, only a few get to make it, and even fewer get the chance to play at Old Trafford.
“Since Alex Ferguson left, it’s different but I wouldn’t say the fear factor has gone. I wouldn’t want to play against them every week.
“I’m not sure what kind of a team they’re going to pick, I’d guess it’d be a bit of a mix and match with some experienced pros and some youngsters as well, so we’re going to have to be prepared to work hard.
“We’ve got nothing to lose. We’re going to go out there and try to get a result, and we’ll do anything we can to get one.”
Mick McCarthy has a relatively full squad to choose from ahead of this Capital One Cup tie. Kevin Bru is back fit, although Teddy Bishop is still being rehabilitated following his hamstring and shin injuries. Town ‘keeper Dean Gerken is a doubt for the trip to Old Trafford, after he picked up a knock in the draw with Birmingham after colliding with Jacques Maghoma.
Phil Jones is unlikely to be rushed back from injury as he continues to recover from mild-thrombosis. The defender hasn’t played since United’s opening game of the season. Luke Shaw is definitely out for the Red Devils as he will miss at least six months after suffering a double leg break last week. It is likely Louis Van Gaal will make changes to the side that defeated Southampton on Sunday, although there’s no indication as to who may play.
Where they stand
Town – 5th (Championship)
Manchester United – 2nd (Premier League)
Last time they met
A Ruud Van Nistelrooy penalty was enough to see United pick up a 1-0 victory at Portman Road in 2002. Former Town boss, Roy Keane, was playing for the Red Devils that day and he put the cross in which led to the winning penalty, with then-manager, George Burley less than impressed with the decision.
The striker didn’t start for Town in the draw with Birmingham on Friday night but came on as a second-half substitute as the Blues looked to take all three points. He scored one and assisted three in the previous round of this competition though, as Town beat Doncaster 4-1 after extra time at the Keepmoat Stadium.
The Frenchman went to Old Trafford on Deadline Day with a large price tag and even larger expectations, but he has hit the ground running, scoring on his debut against Liverpool before notching a double in the 3-2 victory over Southampton on Sunday afternoon.
Sky Bet Odds
As expected, United are heavy favourites for Wednesday’s game and Sky Bet have them priced at 4/11 to win the match in 90 minutes whereas Town are available at 7/1. To win the match by any method, such as penalties or in extra time, the bookies have United at 1/6 and Town at 7/2. In the last round, Blues defeated Doncaster over 120 minutes, and we are 33/1 to win at Old Trafford in extra time.
Referee: Simon Hooper
Assistants: Mark Dwyer & Peter Wright
Fourth Official: Carl Boyeson