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Manchester United’s 4 best players in 3-0 win against Charlton in Carabao Cup quarter-finals

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Manchester United advanced to the Carabao Cup semi-finals having beaten League One side Charlton Athletic 3-0 at Old Trafford.

A curling effort from Antony in the first half and two late goals from the in-form Marcus Rashford secured United’s place in the last four.

United in Focus has picked out Manchester United’s four best players from the win against the Addicks which saw us win our eighth consecutive game.

Lisandro Martinez

United’s number six was making his first start at club level after winning the World Cup in Qatar last month.

The 24-year-old partnered club captain Harry Maguire in the heart of United’s defence and he seamlessly slotted in and looked at his Rolls-Royce best.

Calm in possession and at his fiery and aggressive best without the ball, Martinez was his usual composed and reassuring self.

The former Ajax man will be hoping to start Saturday’s Manchester derby, which could see him partner Raphael Varane once again.

Fred

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With Bruno Fernandes suspended and both Casemiro and Christian Eriksen on the bench, United’s number 17 started alongside Scott McTominay and debutant Kobbie Mainoo.

Fred was industrious and produced one of his trademark energetic displays.

The 29-year-old was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet with his thundering free-kick coming back off the post.

The former Shakhtar Donetsk man will be hoping his impressive performance sees him rewarded with a start against Manchester City.

Alejandro Garnacho

The young Argentine had Charlton’s right-back Sean Clare and United’s pacey and tricky number 49 was skipping past the defender with ease.

Garnacho left Clare on his backside at one stage and all that was missing from his influential performance was a goal.

With the former Atletico Madrid youngster starting alongside Mainoo, who were both influential in United’s FA Youth Cup success last season, the club’s upcoming academy stars will know there is a pathway to reach the under the tutelage of Ten Hag.

Marcus Rashford

United’s man of the moment only had 11 touches after coming off the bench on the hour mark, but he certainly made his mark on the match.

The 25-year-old scored in his eighth consecutive game at Old Trafford and took his tally for the season to 15 goals.

The 51-time England international has already trebled his entire goal tally for last season, and he looks in the form of his life ahead of the second Manchester derby of the season.

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