Sofyan Amrabat impresses in confidence-boosting Man Utd win over Palace – latest reaction

Man Utd vs Crystal Palace live: Latest score and updates from the League Cup third round
Antony Martial scored United’s third goal against Crystal Palace – Getty Images/Lewis Storey

10:31 PM BST

Andros Townsend on the Sancho situation

I’ve been that young winger like Jadon Sancho who made mistakes through emotion. You let the dust settle after a couple of days and go back and apologise. Sancho has not apologised so I question the kind of advice he is getting. Senior players, agents, close family and friends should be in his ear.

I don’t think what Ten Hag said about Sancho was personal. He said it he hadn’t trained well enough which is a professional opinion. You can’t come out and call the manager a liar, there’s only going to be one winner.

10:24 PM BST

Ten Hag on the performance and Amrabat’s contribution

It was a good night, we play quite well and dominate the game which was what we are looking for.

If you don’t win there is disappointment and frustration, but the spirit was always good and the togetherness is always there.

We made a step forward at Burnley with how we defend and we made another step today.

Definitely today, in possession, we are moving forward.

I know Amrabat is capable, he plays where the team need him. Quality and the energy and dynamic he brings.

10:24 PM BST

Ten Hag on the performance and Amrabat’s contribution

It was a good night, we play quite well and dominate the game which was what we are looking for.

If you don’t win there is disappointment and frustration, but the spirit was always good and the togetherness is always there.

We made a step forward at Burnley with how we defend and we made another step today.

Definitely today, in possession, we are moving forward.

I know Amrabat is capable, he plays where the team need him. Quality and the energy and dynamic he brings.

10:12 PM BST

Amrabat in his post-match interview

It was not the easiest time but it’s clear that United is a huge club and we need to win. The pressure is high, but this is what we want and the manager tells us all the time. I’ve worked very hard for this.

Crystal Palace's Cheick Doucoure in action with Manchester United's Sofyan Amrabat

09:59 PM BST

FT: Manchester United 3 Crystal Palace 0

We need to see more performances like that with Premier League points at stake before we can say United have turned the corner, but that was their most accomplished performance of the season by far.

The positive for Ten Hag is Varane, Amrabat, Mount and Hojlund are available again, so he can pick something closer to the team he had in his head during pre-season. Amrabat was quietly efficient on his full debut despite playing out of position.

Things were always likely to pick up for United once the injuries abated and friendlier fixtures arrived, with Palace, Brentford and Sheffield United to come in the league.

It does not mean all of the club’s problems are resolved, but at least the mood is lightened and fans will see a path forward. Until the next defeat, anyway.

Manchester United's French striker #09 Anthony Martial celebrates scoring his team third goal

09:52 PM BST

90 minutes: Manchester United 3 Crystal Palace 0

Just the three minutes off added time to play. No repeat of Darren Ambrose and the class of 2011 for Palace tonight. They get to return to Old Trafford on Saturday and do it all over again.

09:50 PM BST

87 minutes: Manchester United 3 Crystal Palace 0

Holding gets his foot in after a swift United break from one end to the other. Johnstone punches the corner clear, before he his palms are stung by clean hits from Lindelof and Garnacho from outside the box.

09:47 PM BST

84 minutes: Manchester United 3 Crystal Palace 0

United probing at the edge of the Palace defensive third, and Dalot sees a strike closed down by Guehi. No real chances for Hojlund since the striker was introduced. Both teams happy enough to see the clock run down.

Decent chance for Palace though! Evans plays Mateta onside and his effort cannons back off the chest of Onana before Palace youngster Ozoh screws wide.

09:43 PM BST

81 minutes: Manchester United 3 Crystal Palace 0

Pellistri has a shot blocked by Holding, who has endured a tough full debut for Palace. He’d be hoping for more minutes following his move from Arsenal but there is no doubt he is firmly behind Guehi and Andersen in the pecking order.

09:39 PM BST

77 minutes: Manchester United 3 Crystal Palace 0

United moving the ball around well, some confidence returning to their play. Lindelof and Dalot are trying to thread eye-of-a-needle passes into the Palace box, which tells you where this game is at.

09:36 PM BST

74 minutes: Manchester United 3 Crystal Palace 0

Eze with a slick piece of work to dribble into the box, but his cross stood up to the back post was too heavy. Another change from United: Hojlund on for Martial. A goal from Hojlund would send the Old Trafford crowd home happy.

09:34 PM BST

71 minutes: Manchester United 3 Crystal Palace 0

This has been on the cards for a while…Ten Hag keeps Hannibal out of harm’s way by subbing him for Van De Beek. From a United corner, Johnstone keeps out an Evans header.

09:30 PM BST

67 minutes: Manchester United 3 Crystal Palace 0

Hannibal went to ground once again in midfield, and was fortunate that Reidewald tried to stay on his feet and run on rather than look to get a fellow pro sent off. Palace have their first shot on target all night, with Onana saving well with his feet from Mateta.

09:26 PM BST

64 minutes: Manchester United 3 Crystal Palace 0

I’m not quite sure what Hodgson is trying to achieve by playing Eze in a game that has surely gone for Palace. This has been Casemiro’s best performance for quite some time, much smoother on the ball, albeit under little pressure.

09:23 PM BST

60 minutes: Manchester United 3 Crystal Palace 0

Double change from Palace: Eze is on for Schlupp, and Will Hughes replaces Doucoure.

And Ten Hag is making a double sub as well: Varane and Amrabat off as they return to fitness, Jonny Evans and youngster Daniel Gore replace them. Gore is making his debut.

09:20 PM BST

58 minutes: Manchester United 3 Crystal Palace 0

Hodgson is preparing some more changes, to rest legs before Palace play again at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Saturday.

09:18 PM BST

GOOOALL! Martial gets his goal

That is game over, and there is more end product from Casemiro who provides the assist. He clips a cross to the back post from an inside right position, and Clyne lost the run of Martial who caught the ball with his studs on the half-volley and directed it into the far corner.

Manchester United's Anthony Martial scores their third goal

09:14 PM BST

53 minutes: Manchester United 2 Crystal Palace 0

Hannibal makes a foul from behind, but the referee just gives him another talking to rather than give him a second yellow. Ten Hag might have to consider taking him off. Palace send the free-kick into the box but United defend.

09:12 PM BST

50 minutes: Manchester United 2 Crystal Palace 0

The second half has not really got started when it comes to meaningful action. The tie feels like it needs a Palace goal to bring it to life, but the visitors also seem happy enough to keep this at two for the time being.

09:10 PM BST

48 minutes: Manchester United 2 Crystal Palace 0

Hodgson has changed systems, with Clyne and Mitchell now operating as wing-backs. That might be an attempt to cover the width of the pitch and cover Dalot, who was a real outlet in the first half.

09:09 PM BST

We’re back under way in the second half!

A half-time change from Ten Hag, Lindelof has come on for Mount with Amrabat moving into midfield. Hodgson has also made a change with Guehi coming on for Rak-Sakyi. Looks like a back three for Palace now.

08:58 PM BST

Well done, it’s the Carabao

08:52 PM BST

HT: Manchester United 2 Crystal Palace 0

A low key end to the half, but Ten Hag will be pleased with that he has seen. Mount and Amrabat have been involved in general play and Garnacho and Pellistri have been lively. The second half feels a good opportunity to get Rasmus Hojlund his first Old Trafford goal.

08:47 PM BST

Five minutes of stoppage time to play

A job well done so far for United, but they will want to seize the chance to score a couple more and put a convincing win on the board this season.

08:43 PM BST

42 minutes: Man Utd 2 Crystal Palace 0

Palace are getting up the pitch with greater frequency now, it was a wonderful touch from Rak-Sakyi to pluck a long ball out of the sky. But Onana is yet to be tested. Hannibal wins United a free-kick in the midfield, and the youngster has had another busy performance tonight.

08:40 PM BST

39 minutes: Man Utd 2 Crystal Palace 0

Amrabat gets a throaty roar from the Stretford End as he gets his body between Palace winger Rak-Sakyi and the ball and ushers it out of play. Hannibal commits another foul, but no suggestion it warranted another yellow.

08:35 PM BST

34 minutes: Man Utd 2 Crystal Palace 0

Better from Palace with Riedewald finding space in midfield, driving into acres of Old Trafford turf and feeding Mateta with a ball down the side of Maguire. Mateta’s touch was heavy though and the chance closes up. Martial tries to barrel his way through at the other end but the ball runs through to Johnstone.

08:32 PM BST

30 minutes: Man Utd 2 Crystal Palace 0

In a Palace break that followed the goal, Hannibal tripped Ayew and was punished with a yellow card. A United red card is pretty much the only way you can see Palace getting back into this.

08:28 PM BST

GOOAAALL! Casemiro heads home United’s second

The man who scored a header against Newcastle in last year’s final has done it again. Very slack marking at the corner from Palace, but it was an excellent glancing header from Casemiro who makes a habit of those. All too easy from Palace’s perspective.

Manchester United's Casemiro, center, scores his side's second goal during the English League Cup third round

08:27 PM BST

26 minutes: Man Utd 1 Crystal Palace 0

United have been far more menacing since the opening goal. Holding was caught fishing upfield and Martial flicked the ball around him, the referee played on, and Mount found Pellestri with a lovely touch but a recovery challenge by Richards thwarted him. Holding was subsequently booked.

08:24 PM BST

23minutes: Man Utd 1 Crystal Palace 0

That should open the game up a little. The goalscorer Garnacho is caught on the top of the foot by Clyne in his own half.

Dalot finds himself the free man again, with Mitchell following Pellistri inside. United find their right-back with a diagonal and he stings the palms of Johnson with a strike at goal.

08:22 PM BST

GOOOAAALLL! Garnacho scores for United

Dalot created it from right-back, making an underlapping run and he was found by Pellistri. Dalot pulled the ball back to the edge of the six-yard box an Garnacho was on hand to turn it home. First clear chance of the game, first goal.

Manchester United's Alejandro Garnacho scores their first goal

08:18 PM BST

18 minutes: Man Utd 0 Crystal Palace 0

Henderson puts his hand up and signals to the bench. It looks a like a muscular injury caused by a long kick a few minutes ago. The goalkeeper misses four months of last season with a thigh injury.

Sam Johnstone is ready to come on.

Anthony Martial gives a forlorn Henderson a pat on the back as he comes off.

Dean Henderson of Crystal Palace receives treatment on an injury during the Carabao Cup Third Round

08:16 PM BST

16 minutes: Man Utd 0 Crystal Palace 0

Chants of “We want Glazers out!” from the Stretford End. Palace have settled pretty well in this game, looking comfortable in their out of possession shape. United struggling to find Mount in more central areas, they are being tempted into longer passes which are being hoovered up.

It looks like Henderson is struggling with an injury which would mean a very unhappy Old Trafford return.

08:14 PM BST

14 minutes: Man Utd 0 Crystal Palace 0

Amrabat tries to force a pass into Garnacho down the left, but it was never really on and was overhit. Good defensive work from Dalot to stop a counter-attack when Rak-Sakyi looked to be streaking clear beyond the halfway line.

08:12 PM BST

11 minutes: Man Utd 0 Crystal Palace 0

United attempt a couple of early balls forward over the top of Palace’s defensive lines, but they are lacking in accuracy. The home team are struggling to build any combinations at the moment, which is fairly typical of these League Cup games after a raft of changes.

08:09 PM BST

8 minutes: Man Utd 0 Crystal Palace 0

Dalot with a driving run inside from the right, and the ball ran loose for Amrabat to strike first-time from distance but his shot was always rising. Poor technique really, but that’s not what he was bought for.

Then Palace threaten for the first time in the game. Ayew carries the ball forward down the left and finds the underlapping run of Schlupp, and Maguire did well to position himself to clear the low ball across the area. One of those you can easily slice into you own net. Palace then win a free-kick to put in the mixer but United defend.

08:06 PM BST

6 minutes: Man Utd 0 Crystal Palace 0

Nice flick around the corner from Mason Mount in midfield, but Casemiro’s attempted through ball was a bit aimless and Mitchell was always favourite against Pellistri. United starting to monopolise possession in the Palace half.

08:05 PM BST

4 minutes: Man Utd 0 Crystal Palace 0

United’s turn to enjoy a spell of possession, and Varane twice looks to spread the play to Pellistri on the right wing. Amrabat is taking up a narrower inside-left position when United have the ball. Palace keeping their shape, shuffling from side to side. Richards just about ushers the ball back to Dean Henderson in the Palace goal.

08:02 PM BST

2 minutes: Man Utd 0 Crystal Palace 0

Amrabat is actually starting from left-back, with Dalot on the right. Crystal Palace’s debutant Rob Holding gets a few passes away in the opening exchanges and the away side enjoy some possession. Varane sweeps up a flick on well and goes back to Onana.

08:00 PM BST


The home team get the game started.

08:00 PM BST

The players are out at Old Trafford

A chance for the home fans to see Amrabat and Mount in the team, and to get a confidence-boosting win.

07:47 PM BST

Some of Hodgson’s pre-match thoughts

It will be a very difficult game, but it will be a great experience, those players who haven’t had a chance could get the chance. It will be good for them to show what they can do at the very top level.

I believe enough in this team and this squad and the organisation to believe that whatever level I choose to play we are capable of giving Manchester United a good game.

07:36 PM BST

Thoughts on how United will set-up

Dalot is a right-footed left-back and Amrabat is a midfielder playing at right-back, so United’s in-possession system might be different to their team on paper tonight. I expect to see both full-backs tucking in alongside Casemiro, with Hannibal and Mount in the pockets, Pellistri and Garnacho wide either side of Martial. A 2-3-5 or a 2-3-2-3, take your pick.

07:30 PM BST

Ten Hag on the possibility of Amrabat playing right-back

Where the manager needs him, he will play. He will do the job. That’s who Sofyan is.

07:24 PM BST

Ten Hag on Maguire

He doesn’t have to prove particularly to me, because I know he is a very good centre-half. But at United, you have to work every day to certain standards and you have to win.

He’s returning from an injury and now he has a restart [on Mount].

07:14 PM BST

Crystal Palace team news

Starting XI: Henderson; Clyne, Holding, Richards, Mitchell; Doucoure, Riedewald, Schlupp; Rak-Sayki, Ayew, Mateta

Subs: Johnstone, Ward, Guehi, Eze, Andersen, Hughes, Ebiowei, Ozoh, Ola-Adebomi

Full debuts for Rob Holding and Dean Henderson, the former Manchester United goalkeeper. Rak-Sayki came on as a sub against Arsenal a few weeks ago and looked promising. American defender Chris Richards was signed from Bayern Munich last year.

07:10 PM BST

Man Utd’s team is in

Starting XI: Onana; Amrabat, Varane, Maguire, Dalot; Casemiro, Hannibal, Mount; Pellistri, Martial, Garnacho

Subs: Bayindir, Lindelof, Bruno Fernandes, Rashford, Hojlund, Heaton, van de Beek, Evans, Gore

That looks like Amrabat will be starting as right-back, possibly drifting into midfield when United have the ball. Youngsters Pellestri and Garnacho on the wings, starts for Varane and Mount. Garnacho has looked a lively sub but a little underwhelming on recent starts.

06:54 PM BST

THAT Darren Ambrose goal

06:45 PM BST

Manchester United’s new midfielder Sofyan Amrabat signing autographs

Amrabat came on as a substitute at Turf Moor and could well make his first start this evening.

Sofyan Amrabat of Manchester United arrives ahead of the Carabao Cup Third Round match

06:34 PM BST

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06:29 PM BST

A chance for some of United’s returning players to get minutes

Manchester United begin their Carabao Cup defence at home to Crystal Palace tonight, and a second successive win would at least partially lift the gloom that hangs over the club.

Erik ten Hag’s team were not very convincing in victory at Burnley, achieved thanks to a moment of magic by Bruno Fernandes, but do at least have players such as Raphael Varane and Sofyan Amrabat returning to fitness.

This fixture brings back memories of Darren Ambrose’s stunning long-range goal in 2011, when Palace pulled off a famous victory at Old Trafford to reach the semi-finals, only to lose to Cardiff City on penalties. United and Palace also have history in the FA Cup, with United breaking Ian Wright’s heart after a replay in 1990 and Alan Pardew’s touchline dancing cursing Palace at Wembley in the 2016 final.

Palace’s start to the league season has not been much to worry or write home about, with eight points from six games. Odsonne Édouard and Michael Olise have suffered from injury problems, with Roy Hodgson expressing regret that he would be forced into rotating extensively in the League Cup.

The Crystal Palace manager said: “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 could return to action for United, alongside Harry Maguire, but Ten Hag has another injury worry in the shape of Sergio Reguilon. Jadon Sancho continues to be in exile away from all first-team activities.

Full team news on the way shortly.

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