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Manchester united 3-0 Crystal palace highlights

Whenever Erik ten Hag has needed an injection of positivity amidst a troubling spell, he can always turn to the League Cup for help.

Last year’s winners Manchester United began their title defence with a dominating 3-0 win over Crystal Palace in the EFL Cup third round, controlling the entirety of the match and taking a big step towards putting their recent struggles behind them.

With ten Hag making seven changes to the side that narrowly beat Burnley 1-0 over the weekend, Alejandro Garnacho opened the scoring and Casemiro added a second soon after to put the hosts in firm control at Old Trafford. Anthony Martial added a second shortly after halftime, sending a woeful Crystal Palace crashing out of the competition.

New signing Sofiyan Amrabat was brilliant, making his first home start for Man United at left-back but given freedom to roam all around the pitch. Casemiro was also excellent, getting his headed goal while also pinging balls all over the pitch, leaving the Palace midfielders to chase ghosts.

These two teams will match up again at this very ground over the weekend, and Roy Hodgson will look to inspire a quick turnaround after the visitors lacked any intent or cutting edge in this midweek tilt.

Man United vs Crystal Palace final score

Score Goal scorers
Man United 3 Garnacho (21′),
Casemiro (27′),
Martial (55′)
Crystal Palace 0

Starting lineups:

Man United (4-1-4-1, right to left): 24. Onana (GK) — 20. Dalot, 19. Varane (Evans, 61′), 5. Maguire, 4. Amrabat (Gore, 61′) — 18. Casemiro — 28. Pellistri, 46. Hannibal (van de Beek, 71′), 7. Mount (Lindelof, 46′), 17. Garnacho — 9. Martial (Hojlund, 75′).

Crystal Palace (4-2-3-1, right to left): 30. Henderson (GK — Johnstone, 18′) — 17. Clyne, 26. Richards, 4. Holding, 3. Mitchell — 44. Riedewald (Ozoh, 80′), 28. Doucoure (Hughes, 60′) — 9. J. Ayew, 49. Rak-Sakyi (Guehi, 46′), 15. Schlupp (Eze, 60′) — 14. Mateta.

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