Manchester United will be back in Wembley to play Southampton in the EFL Cup after beating Hull City overall 3-2, even though that it was Hull who won tonight but thanks to goal advantage in the first leg and a goal from Paul Pogba tonight saw United move forward in the final.
Many would have expected a different lineup as Anthony Martial was dropped from the team again, confirming somehow the issues between the player and the manager. However, Jose Mourinho won’t make any comment on this as probably he is testing the players nerves just like he did with Mkhitaryan. The fans must remain calm as the Jose treatment may be harsh but it does work.
With Mata and Mkhitaryan rested, it was Rashford and Lingard who started in the wings, where Lingard surely had a few difficulties going as he never really showed up for the game. On the other hand, Rashford keeps showing his incredible talent, a real nightmare for Hull City tonight.
Yet, coming with goal advantage in this second game, it looked like United’s vigilance was lower than usual and the way the game started showed this really well. Six attempts for Hull and none for United and even possession was in their favour. Getting comfortable with this showed early issues as Darmian isn’t Antonio Valencia and he can be a good defender but he lacked desire once again and as no potential threat was created by him. Marcos Rojo did move well, yet a Luke Shaw feature was expected tonight.
The real problem was the connection and of course, the referee would somehow make an impact in the game, penalty for Hull which it didn’t stand at all. Huddlestone put it past De Gea and the Tigers were actually growing confident. However, it was Pogba, in the second half that leveled the game showing that the poor moments are gone and this goal boosted his confidence with a show of class.
Yet, Hull went ahead again to make things just a little bit harder for United but in the end, it’s United who makes it and goes to Wembley. Unbeaten streak is over, while Herrera makes his 100th performance for the game.
Here are the player ratings for tonight’s game: