Report: Plucky Manchester United hit Burton for four, conceding in the final seconds


Manchester United beat Burton Albion 4-1 in the Carabao Cup at Old Trafford on Wednesday evening, earning a fourth-round clash in the league cup this season. It was Marcus Rashford who struck a fifth-minute goal, assisted by Jesse Lingard, starting one of those matches for Burton. In the 17th minute, Rashford scored again, doubling United’s lead with Daley Blind assisting. United were not done there with Lingard getting one of his own, or it could be an own goal to put United 3-0 up with Anthony Martial hitting United’s fourth, the fourth time United have won by that scoreline this season.

Jose Mourinho made nine changes from the side which beat Everton 4-0 at Old Trafford on Sunday with Sergio Romero, Matteo Darmian, Victor Lindelof, Chris Smalling, Daley Blind, Ander Herrera, Michael Carrick, Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial all starting. Only Juan Mata and Marcus Rashford started both matches. United started well, getting to business quickly. Burton got a shot with Romero saved, not threatening him. Marcus Rashford took first blood in the fifth minute with Jesse Lingard assisting him. It was a great start for United with Lingard almost getting a chance seconds later, being dispossessed in the box.

Burton started to have a good spell in possession in periods after the goal with United seemingly welcoming then into their half. United then started something with Rashford scoring their second goal of the match with a stunning strike outside of the box with Daley Blind setting up the striker this time. United were taking Burton for a Burton. In the 24th minute of the match, after some good build-up play, United were on the attack again with Juan Mata getting the ball in the box and forcing a save from the Burton goalkeeper.

United had all the action in the Burton half for some time with Anthony Martial this time getting a chance with the Burton keeper making another save. At the other end of the pitch, Burton broke through, Romero had committed himself to make the save and Burton fluffed their lines, winning a corner when perhaps they should have had a goal which would put them back into the match. The corner came to nothing for the visitors. In the 28th minute of the match, United were once again in the Burton area with Mata shooting, hitting the post and United keeping the ball in play, having another attempt, not getting the third goal of the match with an acrobatic attempt from Martial.

With ten minutes of the half remaining, with United still in the driving seat, Jesse Lingard, after being played in by Martial, scored the third goal of the match, which took a deflection into the back of the net. United were 3-0 up and surely into the fourth round of the Carabao Cup. Luke Shaw was warming up around the 38th minute of the match, possibly coming on to play the second half and get some fitness ahead of the rest of the months matches, which could see him feature as he looks to gain the confidence of Jose Mourinho.

In the final five minutes of the half, the tempo has slowed with United’s dominance continuing, although across the entire pitch, not just in Burton’s final third. Chris Smalling gave a free-kick away after the referee adjudged that he made a foul, despite the Burton player being high in the air with his boots near enough on Smalling’s shoulder. Strange decision but the England defender headed the free-kick out of the box with Ander Herrera making the clearance out of United’s half. There were three minutes of added time at the end of the half with United still 3-0 to the good. Another long 45 minutes for Burton coming up.

At the start of the second half, Mourinho made a change with Luke Shaw replacing Juan Mata with United playing three at the back. Minutes after Shaw coming on, he was through on goal, finding the back of the net but flagged for offside. In the 57th minute of the match, Burton had a free-kick, wasting it with the ball going out of play. United were still controlling the tempo of the game, also controlling the match with a 3-0 scoreline not satisfactory, seeking more goals against the Championship side. A minute later, Martial was on the attack from the flank, beating his man and getting a shot on goal, which the keeper saved.

Just on the hour mark, Martial scored United fourth goal with Rashford receiving the ball because of a Burton defensive error, setting the Frenchman up for his fourth goal of the season. United were 4-0 up and cruising into the fourth round of the Carabao Cup this season. In the 64th minute of the match, Rashford was replaced by Scott McTominay so would not score his hat-trick this evening. By the 68th minute of the match, United had made 12 attempts to score, having ten on target with Burton having five attempts, just two on target.

In the 71st minute, Steven Warnock took McTominay out, who was through on goal, being booked for the offence. Mourinho made his third substitution in the 78th minute with Joel Pereira replacing Romero. After the change, United nearly had a fifth with Martial on the attack, getting a shot on goal, albeit from an angle, missing the target. In the 86th minute, Burton had another chance, shooting well over the crossbar with Pereira not even needing to make a save. Lingard won a free-kick for United just outside the box in the 87th minute, just as Anthony Martial was named Man of the Match by Sky Sports. Martial took the free-kick, just clipping the outside of the post.

There was one minute of added time at the end of the half with Burton on the attack, hitting the crossbar then with Lloyd Dyer beating Pereira and scoring a goal, something with many have not done at Old Trafford for some time. Still, United were into the last 16 of the Carabao Cup, the fourth round draw coming up after tonight’s match.

Goals: Marcus Rashford 5′, 17′, Jesse Lingard 36′, Anthony Martial 60′

Assists: Jesse Lingard 5′, Daley Blind 17′, Anthony Martial 36′, Marcus Rashford 60′

Manchester United: Romero (J. Pereira 78′); Darmian, Lindelof, Smalling, Blind; Herrera, Carrick; Lingard, Mata (Shaw 46′), Martial; Rashford (McTominay 64′)

Substitutes Not Used: Jones; Young, Fellaini; Lukaku

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