Erik ten Hag needs another positive result as Manchester United, still mired in a slump, host Crystal Palace in the EFL Cup third round on Tuesday.
The match is the first of two straight meetings between these clubs at Old Trafford, with this cup fixture coincidentally plopped just days before the two again clash on the weekend in Premier League action.
United ground out a 1-0 victory against Burnley last time out to stop a run of three straight defeats, but the optics were ugly as the Red Devils were massively out-possessed by the promoted side and struggled to create chances. The heroics of 35-year-old Jonny Evans provided a nice distraction, but even his involvement will be a sign that improvement is yet required.
Palace have not progressed past the fourth round of this competition since their semifinal appearance in 2012, so an upset here could provide a foundation for a positive run of form.
The Sporting News is following the Man United vs Crystal Palace match live, providing score updates, commentary and highlights as they happen.
Man United (4-2-3-1, right to left): Onana (GK) — Dalot, Varane, Maguire, Reguilon — Eriksen, Amrabat — Pellistri, Hannibal, Garnacho — Hojlund.
Crystal Palace (4-2-3-1, right to left): Henderson (GK) — Ward, Richards, Holding, Mitchell — Hughes, Doucoure — J. Ayew, Eze, Schlupp — Edouard.
1 hour 15 mins to kick: One report ahead of kickoff has stated that 20-year-old Ademola Ola-Adebomi will be included in Crystal Palace's matchday squad for the first time today, although it's unclear whether he will start or come off the bench. Ola-Adebomi has 11 goals for Crystal Palace's U-21 squad last season, and has trained with the first team on a number of occasions this year.
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