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Ratings: Mason Greenwood scores second competitive goal in 5-3 penalty victory over Rochdale; Axel Tuanzebe and Brandon Williams also impress

Manchester United beat Rochdale 5-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford in the third round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday evening. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer really has some work to do with his team, who have been dire for much of the season. The inability to score goals is going to see the season become stagnated nearly enough as soon as it started.

Mason Greenwood scored his second competitive goal of the season in the 68th minute of the match, assisted by Jesse Lingard. The 17-year-old was the Man of the Match for me and could have scored a number of goals if it had not been for the ability of the on-loan Rochdale goalkeeper. He was the best outlet for attacking during the game.

Axel Tuanzebe was the captain for this match and he will be pleased with his efforts against the team of the town he grew up in. Solskjaer will be impressed with the 21-year-old also, who has clearly moved ahead of Phil Jones and could soon take on Victor Lindelof to partner Harry Maguire this season. Brandon William finally got a chance to impress too.

The draw for the fourth round of the Carabao Cup was completed after the match with United being drawn against Frank Lampard’s Chelsea with the match being played at Stamford Bridge during the week commencing Monday 28 October 2019. It will be a tough match for United. Chelsea beat Grimsby Town 7-1 to make the fourth round.

Manchester United

22 Sergio Romero

The Argentinian was unable to keep his second clean sheet of the season in his second appearance for the club this season. It was a poor goal to give away but a good one for 16-year-old Luke Matheson, assisted by former United academy player, Oliver Rathbone.

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29 Aaron Wan-Bissaka

The 21-year-old had a very good game for United, especially in defence, although he got forward a lot with United running riot with possession and the chances in the first half. At one stage, Wan-Bissaka cleared a goalscoring chance off the line in a last-ditch attempt to save United’s blushes.

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38 Axel Tuanzebe

The Captain had a great game for United, proving to be a commanding presence in the centre of defence. Solskjaer will have problems picking his defence now, which is not something that could be said in recent seasons. The lad who was raised in Rochdale will be happy with his performance, perhaps not the fact that Rochdale scored against United, taking them too penalties.

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4 Phil Jones

I don’t tend to get too excited when Phil Jones is named in the starting XI. He did not doo too badly though, considering the lack of playing time this season. United dominated from the start of the game, so he was not challenged all that much. He was replaced by Williams at the start of the second half.

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16 Marcos Rojo

The Argentinian played in the left-back role well during the first half, coming into the centre of midfield in the second. He got forward a lot of the time and could have perhaps scored a goal or two.

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17 Fred

The Brazilian did not look as good against Rochdale as he did against Leicester City and Astana. He did not seem all that confident during the game which also made him seem unable to string too much together. He did score a penalty, which might add some confidence to his game.

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6 Paul Pogba

The Frenchman made his return from injury. It was not a great return and he missed a great opportunity to get United off the mark in the first half. Whilst United were playing poorly with Pogba on the sidelines, his faction of supporters were begging up his ability. If he really was that good, he should be able to do it against Rochdale. Don’t give me the ‘he was rusty’ excuses.

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15 Andreas Pereira

The Belgian-born Brazilian had little impact on both the left and right flanks. His defensive ability was lacklustre for Matheson’s equaliser late in the game. I’m not sure he is good enough to play for United. He did score a penalty though, not that it was something to brag about.

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14 Jesse Lingard

The academy graduate seemed to play well against Rochdale with United really trying to get goals scored. He put some effort in to being the experienced member of United’s attack before Mata replaced him with five minutes remaining. In all honesty though, he should be doing so much better than this.

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44 Tahith Chong

The Dutch winger got forward a lot of the time against Rochdale. United dominated the match from the very first minute, having around 13 chances in the first half alone. Chong needs to show his tricky nature more often to become a mainstay at this level. When the team is as terrible as it has been, it is fair to say he has fit into it. This may not have been a glorious night for him but it will inspire him to get stuck in.

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26 Mason Greenwood

The 17-year-old scored his second competitive goal for United, scoring his first against Astana last week. He was United’s best attacking threat in this game. He forced many saves from the Rochdale goalkeeper and covered a lot of ground, even getting involved in defensive duties. I cannot wait to see more of him this season.

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Substitutes

53 Brandon Williams

Replaced Jones 46’. It was good to see him involved. He had a good game, other than being booked, which could be problematic. He was involved in United’s goal, showing his ability as both a defensive and attacking player. Luke Shaw might need to brush up or lose his place.

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21 Daniel James

Replaced Chong 60’. The Welshman had a positive impact for the last 30 minutes of the match, putting his opposition on the back foot at times. Unable to score a goal but did use his pace to help his club. Scored the final penalty, sealing the victory for United.

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8 Juan Mata

Replaced Lingard 85’. Had little time to get stuck into the game but was an experienced player with penalties on the way. The veteran Spanish midfielder took the first penalty, scoring it to set United on their way to the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.

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Goals: Mason Greenwood 68′; Luke Matheson 76′

Assists: Jesse Lingard 68′; Oliver Rathbone 76′

Manchester United: Romero; Wan-Bissaka, Tuanzebe, Jones (Williams 46′), Rojo; Fred, Pogba; Pereira, Lingard (Mata 85′), Chong (James 60′); Greenwood

Substitutes Not Used: Grant; Lindelof; Garner, McTominay

Bookings: Brandon Williams 72′

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