Here are the Manchester United evening headlines on Thursday, March 4.
Henderson set for run of games
United goalkeeper Dean Henderson is set for a run of games in the first-team in the absence of David de Gea.
The MEN understands that Henderson was told before the 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace on Wednesday that he should prepare for the possibility of starting United's next six games.
The 23-year-old has predominantly started in the cup competitions this season with De Gea being Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first-choice 'keeper.
The Spanish shot-stopper missed the trip to Palace due to personal reasons, meaning Henderson is set to a spell in Solskjaer's side with some important games coming up - including a trip to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
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United youngsters set to depart
United look set to release four young players once their contracts expire at the end of this season.
Paul Woolston, Arnau Puigmal, Max Taylor and Connor Stanley will not sign new deals with United, MEN Sport understands. Woolston, the 22-year-old goalkeeper, has been at United since 2018, but has largely been unused in the U23s side this season.
Puigmal, who is a versatile Spanish youngster, has been linked with a move back to his homeland and that could be set to happen in the summer. Taylor, a 21-year-old central defender, battled back from having cancer treatment to resume his career in Manchester back in 2019 and has spent this season on loan at Kidderminster Harriers.
Stanley, who is a teenage winger, also looks as if his contract won't be renewed when it expires at the end of June.
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Why Amad did not come on vs Palace
Despite United struggling to create too many attacking opportunities against Crystal Palace on Wednesday, Solskjaer did not turn to his bench to use a third substitution.
Daniel James and Scott McTominay both came on against the Eagles, but United continued their recent woes in front of goals. Amad, who was signed in January from Atalanta, was an unused substitute, as well as 17-year-old attacker Shola Shoretire.
After the game, Solskjaer revealed why he didn't turn to the two young players, who recently made their debuts for United.
"We had Marcus [Rashford] out there, Mason [Greenwood] out there, Bruno [Fernandes] out there," the United manager explained. "Scotty came on to give us a goal thrust and almost had a chance straight away.
"We put Dan on for some pace and with those out there that’s most of our goals that we’ve had. Of course, we had Shola or Amad but which one of those five would you take off? That was my quandary in the last 10 or 15 minutes.
"But I felt in Mason, Bruno, Marcus they could get a goal. Scotty and Dan actually had a chance each when they came on.
"We’re not happy if you don’t create chances enough to win a game, of course. It’s been a week with no goals and sometimes three games sounds a lot without scoring.
"We’ve not conceded either, but a week in a season like this, sometimes you just don’t hit the form that you’ve had for many, many months, so it’s a bit of a worry, of course it is.
"But I know that the boys are giving everything. We play every three days and I know they’re giving everything they’ve got. Attitude and approach I’m very happy with, the quality we need to get back to what I know we can do.
Manchester United were held to a 0-0 draw by Crystal Palace on Wednesday night.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his players were frustrated for the third goalless game in succession, dropping more points to allow Man City to streak away at the Premier League's summit, on a poor day for the forwards.
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"We just didn’t have the quality and the tempo in the passing. You can call it urgency… we started slow and it’s never nice to see the opposition take the initiative but we got into the game and when we played with quality and tempo we did create some chances.
"But we didn’t have enough of it, we didn’t build enough pressure on the defenders or their keeper to make saves."