After a torrid few weeks for Manchester United both on and off the pitch, the atmosphere feels a little better at Old Trafford after back-to-back victories.
With so many injuries and absences from the squad, manager Erik ten Hag has not been able to get the best out of his remaining players in United's opening handful of 2023/24 games. Some first-team stars are beginning to come back from their respective knocks, however.
Reaching the required level of fitness allowed fans to get a proper look at summer signing Sofyan Amrabat on Tuesday night against Crystal Palace and it's fair to say they liked what they saw.
Here are the figures that show how well Amrabat performed under the lights at Old Trafford in the 3-0 win over Palace in the Carabao Cup.
While there was excitement among United fans at Amrabat being given a start against Palace, there was also some disappointment as he was deployed at left-back due to injuries to Luke Shaw, Tyrell Malacia and Sergio Reguilon.
However, Man Utd's dominance on the night helped them push bodies forward and Amrabat soon found himself floating between left-back, central midfield and centre-back. Harry Maguire would often push to the left with Casemiro and Amrabat plugging gaps where necessary.
In the second half, Victor Lindelof was introduced for Mason Mount and the Swede went to left-back, allowing Amrabat to form a midfield two with Casemiro. That gave fans a clearer look at his midfield play until he was withdrawn, with Ten Hag still trying to get him to peak fitness after he began the season with an injury.
It was a positive night all around for Man Utd with a handful of individuals staking a claim to be player of the match, but many fans would have chosen Amrabat if asked.
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