Manchester United 4 Burton Albion 1 – Carabao Cup

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.

Advertisements

Manchester United 3 Southampton 2 – EFL Cup Final 2017 Photo Match Report

The United players leave the team hotel, The Hilton London Wembley, to get on the specially branded ‘EFL Cup Final’ team bus.

img_2108

Wembley Stadium an hour before the 4.30pm kick off.

img_2120

The Manchester United players, after playing 4 matches in the previous 11 days. And the Southampton squad, fresh from a two week training camp in Spain, warm up.

img_2132

Both clubs’ colours are laid out on the pitch alongside their home shirts, with the teams now in the tunnel.

img_2146

Jose Mourinho and Claude Puel stand alongside their players awaiting the national anthem.

img_2153

The 2017 EFL Cup final kicks off.

img_2157

A free kick from Zlatan Ibrahimovic opened the scoring. While a calm finish from Jesse Lingard, who has now scored in each of the FA Cup final, Community Shield and League Cup final, put MUFC 2-0 up. Before Manolo Gabbiadini struck for the Saints either side of half time. But it was the 35 year-old Swede who met Ander Herrera’s fine cross in the 87th minute to clinch United a fifth League Cup title.

img_2269

United fans’ celebrate Zlatan’s late winner by waving their phone flashlights.

img_2270

Ibrahimovic sinks to his knees as Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba and Marcos Rojo congratulate him, after referee Andre Marriner blew his FT whistle.

img_2271

Ander Herrera leads the celebrations with a scarf given to him by a fan.

img_2272

Club Captain, Wayne Rooney lifts the trophy despite not playing in the final. The substitute was going to replace Ander Herrera but after Ibrahimovic scored Jose Mourinho decided to see out the win with Marouane Fellaini instead.

img_2176

The United players come over to applaud the fans on the far side after collecting their winners’ medals.

img_2190

The Wembley arch lit up red after a fantastic cup final seen by 85,264 fans.

img_2193

Manchester United now return to Premier League action at Old Trafford against AFC Bournemouth on 4th March 2017, at 12:30pm.