Alejandro Garnacho and Casemiro gave the hosts a 2-0 first-half lead at Old Trafford and Anthony Martial added a third goal after the break in Tuesday’s third-round match.
Erik ten Hag’s team, which has had a poor start to the season, has reeled off two straight wins.
A dominant performance against an underwhelming Palace followed Saturday’s win over Burnley and will give United fans hope that the team has turned its form around.
The mood is always good, but of course when you don’t win at United there is disappointment, there is frustration, but the cohesion is always there,” Ten Hag said.
We know we are not in the position we would like to be in right now. So we need to build up our strength, catch up and then go from game to game, working on the process and working on the results. We don’t need to get too far ahead of ourselves.
The League Cup is the fourth most important trophy in English soccer. But Ten Hag is still savoring last season’s success.
Victory over Newcastle in February’s final at Wembley Stadium ended a six-year wait for a trophy from the club, with Ten Hag winning silverware in his first season at the club. He also reached the FA Cup final, losing to Manchester City, and led United into the Champions League, capping an impressive campaign.
Things have not gone so well this season, with his side losing four of their five games before beating Burnley 1-0.
The latter win was much more convincing despite the fact that Palace had Marc Guehi, Eberechi Eze and Joaquim Anderson in the squad and striker Odsonne Edouard was also absent.
Ten Hag also made changes, with Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford and Rasmus Højlund left on the bench and Christian Eriksen absent.
Mason Mount, however, took the field for the first time since Aug. 19 after an injury.
Garnacho sacked United youwent ahead in the 21st minute, realizing Diogo Dalot’s pass in the penalty area.
His shot was too strong for Palace goalkeeper Sam Johnston, who had just come on as a substitute in place of the injured Dean Henderson.
Johnstone was put to the test again when Dalot shot from a corner but his shot was blocked by the goalkeeper.
However, he was again beaten in the 27th minute by Casemiro, who headed the ball into the corner of Mount’s goal to double United’s lead.
Martial added a third goal 10 minutes before the end of the second half, shooting on goal after Casemiro’s pass to the far post.
United will play Palace again in the Premier League on Saturday and the Londoners showed their danger, twice forcing goalkeeper Andre Onana to make saves late in the match. However, manager Roy Hodgson has not expressed confidence that the teams will get a different result in their next meeting.
We have to become a completely different team.in how we approach the game and how we play, he said.
Division Three side Exeter claimed a shock 1-0 victory over Luton to knock the Premier League club out of the competition. Luton made 10 changes from the team that picked up their first point of the season against Wolverhampton on Saturday, but the result will still be seen as a major disappointment. Dimitri Mitchell scored the winning goal in the 83rd minute, but Exeter had to finish the match in ten men after he was sent off in the 88th minute.
Wolverhampton were also knocked out of the tournament after losing 3-2 to second division Ipswich, who led by two goals. Hwang Hee Chan and Toti Gomez, who scored goals within the first 15 minutes, seemed to have put the visitors through to the next round. But Omari Hutchinson, Freddie Ladapo and Jack Taylor sealed the win for Ipswich.
Burnley are still waiting for their first league win this sbut it’s already there. In the cup, Manchester United won 4-0 over Salford City, a fourth division club co-owned by greats such as David Beckham, Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville.
In other matches, Middlesbrough beat Bradford 2-0 and Port Vale beat Sutton United 2-1.
Division Four team Mansfield beat Division Three team Peterborough 3-1 on penalties after a 2-2 draw in regulation time. Lucas Akins’ penalty kick, which tied the game in the 93rd minute, moved the game into the series. AP SSC SSC