Five things we learned about Manchester United in midweek

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The Premier League champions added another win on Tuesday night, beating Norwich 4-0 at Old Trafford in the Capital One Cup.

Manchester United’s revival took another step in the right direction on Tuesday night, with a 4-0 victory over Norwich taking them into the last eight of the Capital One Cup.

A number of fringe players took their opportunity to play with both hands; here are five things that were notable in United’s victory.

Zaha makes good competitive debut

Summer signing Wilfried Zaha made his competitive debut for his new club, and showed glimpses of his considerable ability in the victory.

With David Moyes still to find his first-choice wingers, the England under-21 star will be pleased with his performance against Norwich.

The wideman still needs to work on his final ball and was guilty of coughing up possession, but the potential is there for all to see. A loan move in January to give him regular first-team football is still the best option.

Hernandez does all he can

Moyes is likely to continue with the Wayne Rooney-Robin van Persie strike force as the season continues, but Hernandez has done all he can to force his case for inclusion.

Two well-taken goals back up his effort in the win over Stoke, and the Mexico international is undoubtedly a lethal forward when given a chance.

If Van Persie was unavailable or injured, United have a top-drawer replacement for the number nine.

Young very wasteful

The figure of United fans’ disdain in recent times, Young did little to strengthen his case in the win here.

Although he did show some enterprising play in fleeting glimpses, his final ball, both from open play and set pieces, was not good enough.

The decline in the England international’s performances will be worrying for United, and it looks like the former Aston Villa man is down the pecking order at Old Trafford currently.

Buttner impressive in victory

With talk of Leighton Baines’ potential addition in January or the summer, Alex Buttner’s place in the United squad is supposedly under threat.

Despite Patrice Evra holding the first-choice left-back place this season, the former Vitesse Arnhem defender put in an excellent performance here.

The Dutch full-back was solid in defence and showed urgency and quality going forward. A strong performance that suggests Buttner’s time at Old Trafford is not up just yet.

Januzaj’s versatility on show

The 18-year-old featured in a more central role and put in another impressive showing. His technical abilities have been evident since he first made his debut, but his running off the ball and creative tendencies are becoming more prominent with the more chances he gets.

If the teenager can continue strong current form, he has the world at his feet.

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