The key dilemma facing Louis van Gaal ahead of MK Dons vs. Manchester United in the Capital One Cup is how strong a team to put out.
On the one hand, risking losing yet another key player to injury to attempt to progress past a League One side, in a competition with relatively little prestige, seems dangerous.
On the other, the lack of European football on offer at Old Trafford this season means that United have fewer fronts on which to compete.
Early exit from the League Cup could be embarrassing for the new manager, and would mean less opportunity for squad rotation, and, of course, losing a chance of a trophy.
With that balancing act in mind, it is extremely difficult to guess what kind of side Van Gaal will play. Here is a look at some of the possibilities...