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.
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′