WATCH LIVE : Man United VS Crystal Palace (EFL Cup)
Erik ten Hag is finally greeting positive updates on the team news front, which continues to be the case this week. But against Crystal Palace on Tuesday, the Manchester United manager will still be bereft of the services of eight first-team players.
Harry Maguire (knock) and Mason Mount (hamstring) have stepped up their recoveries and should be available to take on Crystal Palace. In addition, Lisandro Martinez (foot) will likely return to action this week.
But Luke Shaw (muscle injury), Aaron Wan-Bissaka (hamstring), Tyrell Malacia (knee), Kobbie Mainoo (ankle), and Amad Diallo (knee) remain in the treatment room. Meanwhile, Antony and Jadon Sancho are unavailable due to their respective off-field issues.
So, Victor Lindelof and Jonny Evans, fresh off an impressive performance against Burnley, will form the central defensive partnership. Diogo Dalot and Sergio Reguilon are the only fit full-backs at Manchester United. The duo will thus continue on the flanks.
As for the midfield unit, Sofyan Amrabat will make his first start for Manchester United, with Christian Eriksen likely joining him in the double pivot.
But the tireless Bruno Fernandes should retain his spot in the final third, although the rest of the offensive unit should change.
Alejandro Garnacho and Facundo Pellistri will be the two wingers, with Anthony Martial leading the line for Manchester United against Burnley.
Manchester United Lineup (4-2-3-1)
Onana, Dalot, Varane(c), Maguire, Amrabat, Casemiro, Hannibal, Pellistri, Mount, Garnacho, Martial
Like his counterpart in the Manchester United dugout, Roy Hodgson has pressing concerns hampering his preparations ahead of the trip to Old Trafford.
The Crystal Palace manager might be without six first-team players on Tuesday. Hodgson has exclaimed ahead of the game that he does not have enough players to attack the game.
Odsonne Edouard (hamstring) is the latest absentee, joining James Tomkins (knock), Naouirou Ahamada (ankle), Jefferson Lerma (thigh), Matheus Franca (back), and Michael Olise (thigh) on the sidelines.
Edouard’s absence means Jean-Philippe Mateta is the automatic pick to spearhead the Crystal Palace attack against Manchester United.
But there is some scope for rotation, with Jesurun Rak-Sakyi likely joining Eberechi Eze and Jeffrey Schlupp in the offensive unit.
Crystal Palace Lineup (4-2-3-1)
Henderson, Clyne, Holding, Richards, Mitchell, Doucoure, Riedewald, Schlupp, Rak-Sayki, Ayew, Mateta.
Manchester United ended a three-game losing streak at Burnley on Saturday night as Bruno Fernandes’s first-half goal proved the difference at Turf Moor.
Crystal Palace played out a 0-0 draw at Fulham on Saturday, and the Eagles have now failed to win back-to-back matches. They have also lost on back-to-back trips to Old Trafford.
Crystal Palace have failed to score in five of their last seven EFL Cup matches, although have scored six goals across the other two (2-0 v Oxford United, 4-2 v Plymouth Argyle). Tuesday will be their sixth consecutive match away from home in the competition.
Crystal Palace knocked out the holders of the League Cup the last two times they faced them, beating Aston Villa 4-1 in 1994/95, and Leicester City 3-0 in 2000/01.
Marcus Rashford was involved in eight goals in his six League Cup appearances last season (6 goals, 2 assists), scoring the second goal in their 2-0 final victory against Newcastle United.
His 14 goals in the competition overall is the third most in Manchester United history, behind Brian McClair (19) and Mark Hughes (16).