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.
Dimitrov, Radwanska, Muguruza, Raonic and Wozniacki are all into the third round at Wimbledon. The big names playing on courts 2 all went through on Day 4 of the Championships.
The first match on court 2 saw 2014 Wimbledon semi-finalist Grigor Dimitrov face Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus. This was a repeat of the 2015 Australian Open 3rd round classic. Dimitrov won on that occasion in the fifth. And today once again the Bulgarian prevailed, but this time winning in straight-sets. Dimitrov dropped just five games in a 6-3, 6-2, 6-1 routine win.
World number 10 and 2012 Wimbledon finalist Aga Radwanska faced America’s Christina McHale in her second round match. After a tough year, the Pole is finding some form on the grass, coming through against McHale after three hours. Radwanska saved match points in the second set tie-break going onto the level the match before taking the final set 6-3.
Over on court 3, 2015 finalist Garbiñe Muguruza reached the third round beating Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium. The Spanish number 1 took the first set 6-2 before winning a tougher second set 6-4. Former Wimbledon Champion Conchita Martinez is helping Muguruza this week in the absence of Sam Sumyk. As Spain’s Fed Cup captain, Martinez has good knowledge of Muguruza’s game and this is clearly helping the 2016 French Open Champion this week.
While back in the men’s second round, last year’s finalist Milos Raonic played Mikhail Youzhny of Russia in the third match of the day on court 2. The Russian took the first set 6-3. But, the big-serving Canadian went through in four, winning the last three sets 7-6 (9-7), 6-4, 7-5.
Two-time US Open finalist Caroline Wozniacki played Bulgaria’s 2010 Wimbledon Semi-Finalist Tsvetana Pironkova in the final match of the day on court 2. The fifth seed from Denmark reached the third round after a 6-3, 6-4 win in fading light, just before sunset at Wimbledon.