Manchester United beat Northampton Town 3-1 at Sixfields Stadium to earn a place in the fourth round of the EFL Cup where they will face Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City at Old Trafford. United, far from convincing in the victory with Michael Carrick scoring the first goal, then Daley Blind conceded a penalty with the home side levelling the score. Ander Herrera then scored a thriller of a goal from long-range before Marcus Rashford did the unbelievable and latched onto a ball he should not have won, proving that he does not give up and is fighting for a place in the starting XI this season, sending United 3-1 up and in control of the match. United have ended their losing streak after three matches, something the players and Jose Mourinho will be happy of achieving.
Here is the full draw for the fourth round of the EFL Cup;
West Ham United v Chelsea
Manchester United v Manchester City
Arsenal v Reading
Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur
Bristol City v Hull City
Leeds United v Norwich City
Newcastle United v Preston North End
Southampton v Sunderland
Manchester United and Manchester City have a history of clashed in the League Cup, along with other competitions. The two sides met at Old Trafford just under a fortnight ago with City winning the match 2-1 after doing all they needed to do in the first half of the match. The United who emerged in the second half were much better than the side who started the match, but they were unable to draw anything from the match, despite trying. The match will be long-awaited and will be another chance for Jose Mourinho to get one over his counterpart, with United having a few matches to perfect their play ahead of the match. Obviously, City will have the same number of matches to perfect themselves, which United will need to encounter too, but it could also go the other way. tides change att of the time and could well change in the coming weeks.
United face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday 23rd October 2016, a 4pm kick off which has already been confirmed as a match that will be televised. I would imagine this match with City at Old Trafford will be played the following Wednesday, which will be confirmed in the coming days. United will face Burnley at Old Trafford the weekend after the City clash, so it will be a big week for United, needing to pull it out of the bag against Chelsea, City then Burnley have a successful week. The past week for United has been a poor one, but things do change and for every poor week, there are umpteen good weeks, so this bad feeling usually evens itself out at some point. United still have it all to play for this season, and right now, there is nothing to suggest they will not kick on. They do have a point to prove now. Matches will be played week commencing Monday 24th October 2016 and will be confirmed as soon as possible.