Barely 48 hours since Phil Dowd blew the final whistle at OT, Manchester United return to action tonight as the Carling Cup campaign for 2011/12 is launched. Bitter rivals Leeds United provide the opposition and no doubt many a fans will expect United win if only for the simple reason of exacting revenge for our 2010 FA Cup exit at their hands on our own pitch.

Even if you tried ten times, you might not come up with the side that SAF will start tonight but at least we are certain that Paul Pogba will make his very first competitive appearance. The Frenchman has been dubbed the replacement of Scholes/Keane for the future so he gets his chance to show the world what he can do infront of the unforgiving Sky sports cameras at the hostile venue that is Elland Road.

Besides Poggy, I do hope that Berbatov, and Lindegaard get the '90 minutes as both players are desperate for game time, whilst I'd also expect the manager to go for Park, Giggs and Diouf in the team. Valencia could use another game under his belt as well. Regardless, you do expect that the manager will name a team strong enough to win us the game whilst staying clear of all those that took part in the memorable win over Chelsea on Sunday.

The good news from Carrington today is that according to Chicharito's agent, the player will be back to training as soon as Wednesday as there was no serious damage to his left leg.