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Manchester United start their Carabao Cup defence at residence to Crystal Palace tonight, and a second successive win would at the very least partially carry the gloom that hangs over the membership.

Erik ten Hag’s workforce weren’t very convincing in victory at Burnley, achieved because of a second of magic by Bruno Fernandes, however do at the very least have gamers corresponding to Raphael Varane and Sofyan Amrabat returning to health.

This fixture brings again reminiscences of Darren Ambrose’s gorgeous long-range purpose in 2011, when Palace pulled off a well-known victory at Old Trafford to achieve the semi-finals, solely to lose to Cardiff City on penalties. United and Palace even have historical past in the FA Cup, with United breaking Ian Wright’s coronary heart after a replay in 1990 and Alan Pardew’s touchline dancing cursing Palace at Wembley in the 2016 closing.

Palace’s begin to the league season has not been a lot to fret or write residence about, with eight factors from six video games. Odsonne Édouard and Michael Olise have suffered from damage issues, with Roy Hodgson expressing remorse that he can be pressured into rotating extensively in the League Cup.

The Crystal Palace supervisor stated: “It’s a little bit disappointing because at the start of the season I didn’t envisage our current situation and I thought that we might be able to give [the League Cup] a real go. Now, we will still give it a real go, but I’m sure people like yourselves will criticise the fact that the team that plays on Tuesday night might be different to this one.”

Mason Mount might return to motion for United, alongside Harry Maguire, however Ten Hag has one other damage fear in the form of Sergio Reguilon. Jadon Sancho continues to be in exile away from all first-team actions.

Full workforce information on the approach shortly.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2023/09/26/manchester-united-vs-crystal-palace-league-cup-live-score/