Erik ten Hag didn't take many risks with his team selection for the start of Manchester United's defence of the Carabao Cup, but in picking the wingers he did he was hoping one of them would change the narrative around them.
Facundo Pellistri and Alejandro Garnacho have had their moments as United players, but their best impacts have come as substitutes. Both have looked better rising from the bench than being given the chance to start a game.
This was only Pellistri's third start for the club, but his direct style has made him more dangerous against tiring defences. Garnacho's potential looks to be a level above the Uruguayan but he has struggled to convert thrilling cameos into looking dangerous when selected from the start.
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That has complicated Ten Hag's approach to filling his right-wing position, with both Antony and Jadon Sancho unavailable for selection. He picked a diamond midfield against Brighton, used Pellistri from the start at Bayern Munich and then moved Bruno Fernandes to the right at Burnley.
But against Crystal Palace on Tuesday night it was a return to the familiar 4-3-3 set-up, with two natural wingers in Pellistri and Garnacho. It was the latter who made the greater impact.
Until last night, the 19-year-old had scored four of his five goals as a sub and all four of his assists had come when he'd come off the bench, so his strike to give United the lead midway through the first half was a big moment. Garnacho also completed 90 minutes for just the second time in his senior career.
His goal helped him edge Pellistri, who started brightly on the right but couldn't maintain his influence on theRead on manchestereveningnews.co.uk