Date: 26th August 2014 at 12:17pm
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MK Dons host Manchester United in this evening`s Capitol One Cup match, a game in front of a sell-out crowd that is arguably the biggest in the club`s history (for the Dons that is, not Man U).

The Dons have had some good results against top opposition in the past, the most notable being the 4-2 win over QPR in 2012-13, but United are a prospect like no other and Karl Robinson admitted that his side would have to do everything possible to get a result, telling BBC Three Counties Radio ‘We’ll have to put our crash helmets on and park the bus and do all the things you have to do with the good teams`.

It is hard to see a change from his usual 4-2-3-1 setup, but Robinson certainly has plenty of options in his squad to change tactics. Any one of loanees Will Grigg and Benik Afobe, or new signing Tom Hitchcock (who is yet to make a start this season, but who Robinson says he is waiting for the right time to unleash), could lead the line. However news that Danny Green will be fit enough to start after a hamstring injury, revealing on Saturday ‘I should be back for United`, suggests Will Grigg may take the first striker spot, having connected well with the winger in the first few games of the season.
Daniel Powell, Ben Reeves and Samir Carruthers (who made his return from a thigh strain at the weekend as a second-half substitute) are all in contention for the remaining attacking positions.
Goalkeeper David Martin and right-back Lee Hodson are to be assessed after missing Saturday`s game, and will likely be replaced by Ian McLoughlin and George Baldock respectively should they be deemed not fit to play.

Deli Alli, who has been linked with a Premier League move throughout the summer, should start in central midfield.
With Smalling, Shaw, Rojo and Evans all unavailable for Van Gaal`s side, a younger, more experimental team will likely take to the field at stadium:mk, all eager to impress their new manager, though not without some experienced heads on the bench should the visitors find themselves trailing.

The Reds have had a shaky start to the new season and while a tie against League 1 opposition may offer some respite, the Dons will go out confident they can make an already difficult campaign even worse for them.