Manchester United began their bid to retain the League Cup on Wednesday night. The Reds faced Burton Albion at Old Trafford in the Third Round of the Carabao Cup (EFL Cup).
The Brewers have visited Old Trafford once before, back in 2006 when United won 5-0 in an FA Cup Third Round Replay. Famously Burton and United drew 0-0 in the original tie at the Pirelli Stadium.
Despite Jose Mourinho making a raft of changes, Manchester United comfortably reached the Last 16, beating Burton 4-1.
Ander Herrera and Michael Carrick both started in midfield for the first time at Old Trafford this season. Matteo Darmian, Jesse Lingard and Sergio Romero also got rare starts. While Victor Lindelöf and Chris Smalling came back into the team like they did against Basel last week in the Champions League.
Marcus Rashford opened the scoring as he chipped the ball over Connor Ripley in the Burton goal. Rashford was set up by fellow academy graduate Jesse Lingard.
The England international striker then quickly added a second from long range. The 19-year-old’s effort went in off the post to give United a commanding lead. Sergio Romero did make a good save to prevent a Burton consolation soon after.
Jesse Lingard then got United’s third, with the aid of a big deflection. The midfielder’s strike deflected and wrong footed Ripley.
In the second half, the Reds added another when Anthony Martial finally got his goal. The Frenchman made it 4-0 as Luke Shaw, Scott McTominay and Joel Pereira came on for first team minutes.
The Brewers finally had something to shout about in the last minute when Lloyd Dyer scored the first goal scored by an away team at Old Trafford this season. It sent the 3,500 traveling Burton fans home happy to have seen their team score a goal at Old Trafford.
Manchester United now play Swansea City away in the Fourth Round next month at the Liberty Stadium, following Wednesday night’s draw.