Ratings: Northampton Town 1-3 Manchester United – EFL Cup 2016/17

Manchester United beat Northampton Town 3-1 at Sixfields Stadium on Wednesday evening, bouncing back from their three-match run of defeats, which puts them in a better position, albeit mentally ahead of their Premier League clash with Leicester City at Old Trafford on Saturday. Jose Mourinho and his United side have been the subject of many negative stories over the past few days, which again hits out at another manager in the limelight, which is a bit petty by the media who seem to use United as a meal ticket. United have not been the best team in the league, but they have certainly not been the worst either. Leicester are the current champions, languishing in eleventh place in the league, but there is no negativity there as it is what was expected and the stories will hardly bring the attention of the masses who love to read about the negativity at United. Shame they did not get more this evening.

United were down, but not out and this win will do a lot for confidence. Mourinho gave many fringe players a chance to show what they can do with Timothy Fosu-Mensah being singled out early in the match by disgruntled supporters if you could call them that. Some ‘fans’ seem to expect players who have not yet played this season to be ready to go, despite not having the match fitness required, or the experience of playing week in and week out, which certainly helps players find their feet. No, some fickle United fans seem to mock more than they celebrate based on the fact they know nothing about the players concerned, expect them to be ready to play, despite the fact they have not played this season, then moan when the player is not at his best. With Wayne Rooney, who has played the majority of matches, was not performing again (shock horror) yet still played the full match, not threatening one but, even from five-yards out. Here are the player ratings from the 3-1 victory over Northampton Town.

Manchester United

22 Sergio Romero

Commanded his area well. Put himself on the line at the end of the first half. The Argentinian did what he needed to do in the second half, which helped United win the match.


24 Timothy Fosu-Mensah

Could have scored towards the end of the first half, but hit the crossbar. The Dutchman saw his match ended ten minutes into the second half with Marcus Rashford replacing him.


Chris Smalling

Apart from the penalty which was conceded by Blind, Smalling did what he needed to do defensively despite the defence being shaky at times.


17 Daley Blind

Gave away the penalty which levelled the match towards the end of the first half. Saw himself booked late into the match. Eric Bailly is the preferred partner for blind. This defence would end up costing United against a more superior team.


16 Marcos Rojo

The Argentinian left back did well against Northampton Town. He got forward at times, did what he needed to do on the left flank and seemed much better than against Feyenoord, but the opposition were not as good as the Dutch side.


Ratings: Northampton Town 1-3 Manchester United – EFL Cup 2016/17

Did his job in midfield without really being noticed. Seemed to play well with Michael Carrick in the centre of the pitch. Should be getting more time under Mourinho this season. Was replaced by Fellaini in the 73rd minute.


16 Michael Carrick

Put United ahead after an indirect free-kick with a sumptious effort. Was the Man of the Match for me, as well as the pundits on Sky Sports. Needs to be given more game time, he himself said people need to be patient.


Ratings: Northampton Town 1-3 Manchester United – EFL Cup 2016/17

Did not have the greatest match against lower opposition. Needs to improve or he will be out of chances. Seemed to be up for the occasion at the start of the match, but that soon disappeared with him not making an impact. He was replaced by Zlatan Ibrahimovic ten minutes into the second half.


21 Ander Herrera

During the first half, you did not see much of Herrera, which was not a bad thing. He did what he needed to do, much like Schneiderlin. In the second half, Herrera made his presence known, trying at attempt from long-rage and hitting the post, try again later into the match and scoring United's second, also sending the ball up to try and score again, the ball with Rashford chased, won and scored with.


18 Ashley Young

The English winger made his presence known throughout the match, but never got onto the end of anything which would have threatened. In the second half he player in the right-back role, playing well and doing what he needed to do, but nothing spectacular.


Ratings: Northampton Town 1-3 Manchester United – EFL Cup 2016/17

The captain did not do all that well against the Cobblers. Missed from five yards early in the match, was offside for another. Seemed to try, but that does not get him off the hook. After the first two changes, Rooney was pushed into a right-wing position, a position he did not keep too, which could have let the team down. I find him to be more frustrating that he was at the weekend unable to make the grade against a League One side.



10 Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Replaced Memphis. The Swede did not really make much of an impact in the match, doing what he needed to do in order to help his teammates attack. He did not need to press much as Rashford and Herrera left some breathing space for United.


10 Marcus Rashford

Replaced Fosu-Mensah. Another great moment for the 18-year-old. W9on a ball that he should never have won, not being disrespectful but it was a ball that was well out of his reach, but he never gave up, beating the keeper and putting United 3-1 up. Great bit of play for the young lad and something to knock another nail in the coffin of Wayne Rooney.


27 Marouane Fellaini

Replaced Schneiderlin. Came on with 17 minutes to go and did what he needed to do. Gave United a height and physicality presence, but did nothing of note to impact the match. United extended their lead two minutes after he came on giving the team some breathing space.


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