""Tom Huddlestone may think maybe I'm going to start (Jermaine) Jenas and (Didier) Zokora but Tom will play a part on Sunday because he deserves to, he's been excellent. Same as Jamie O'Hara."
Full-back Chris Gunter was cup-tied for last season's Carling Cup triumph, so he is desperate to play his part this time around.
"With a game like that on Sunday, you need to take any chance to impress," said the Wales youngster.
Although his starting XI will be fresh for United, Redknapp still has to decide whether to field a five-man midfield, with Modric supporting a lone striker, or Pavlyuchenko and Darren Bent in a two-man attack. Factored into his thinking will be Pavlyuchenko carrying a groin injury this week. "
Almost a hint that he's going to start Hudd & O'Hara ahead of JJ & Zok... either way, I'm glad he's 1) thinking about what their thinking (it's that old 'man management' we've been talking about!) gonna give them a chance to play a part - not for sentimentality but looking at what they've been bringing to games.
Also, I didn't know Pav was carrying an injury... bloody typical. We're not doing all that well with one up front so I'd say start Bent, if he really doesn't want to then pull someone else into a striking role but keep 2 of them up there.
Btw, I'm not ignoring the team you've suggested there Mark, I just honestly don't know what I think about it - I keep changing my mind. If I decide my thoughts I'll let you know!