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Man Utd vs Rochdale
Carabao Cup 3rd Rnd
8:00pm Wednesday 25th September

Old Trafford
(Att: 58313)

Manchester United win.
Manchester United defeated a scare against Rochdale, winning a Carabao Cup penalty shootout 5-3 after being held to a 1-1 draw in time at Old Trafford.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s negative had wasted a number of chances earlier Mason Greenwood (68) scored his second senior target with a thunderous work.
But Rochdale got themselves back into the third-round tie not long after as 16-year-old Luke Matheson (75) levelled for the people to ultimately send the game to penalties.
It was a from United – who scored their spot-kicks all – while some miss from midfielder Jimmy Keohane watched Rochdale agonisingly depart the competition.
United will travel to Chelsea in the fourth round of their Carabao Cup.
United dominated the first half but wasted a variety of opportunities. They were kept outside by some marvellous rescue from Rochdale goalkeeper Robert Sanchez, along with his 2 stops arriving from the 19th minute. He jumped to deny Tahith Chong ahead of a shot in Andreas Pereira. Until Marcos Rojo nodded wide because he kept out a header from Jesse Lingard he had been at it again seven minutes later.
United’s best chance of the opening period came in the 35th minute when the returning Paul Pogba squandered a glorious opportunity. A pass that was beautiful floated in for the Frenchman, who ran forward to match, but, with the goal at his mercy, he frustratingly directed his header over the crossbar from six yards out.
Greenwood might have snatched a goal five minutes later but his well-taken attack was kept outside by another Sanchez stop. Not long after, Lingard directed a header wide of the post.
It had been Rochdale who had a stunning chance early in the second halfof the Former Man Utd academy merchandise Oliver Rathbone enjoyed towards the near post before cutting the ball back into Callum Camps within a place. However, a bicycle kick hacked off his shot the line from Aaron Wan-Bissaka at a piece of defending.
United eventually produced a breakthrough that was deserved out of Greenwood in the 68th minute with a rocket. The hosts played the ball well around the area until Lingard slipped the 17-year-old in. Prior hammering a shot into the back of the net for his second senior objective, he nipped.
But seven minutes later, Rochdale got themselves level. A long pass accumulated on the left, before looping a shot into the atmosphere controlling it under pressure in Wan-Bissaka. It didn’t seem like it’d issue United, before before celebrating Matheson came storming in to flick the ball home.
United continued to push to the winner, but had been unable to make the breakthrough since the tie went into a punishment shoot-out. The hosts went and scored their penalties each, but a collapse from Keohane, that watched Rochdale kick saved by Sergio Romero, ultimately sealed their departure from the contest.
This was another remarkable performance from Greenwood. He even chose his target with actual adulthood, while he did miss several opportunities and it was a fantastic strike that beat a positive goalkeeper.
He also scored a punishment in the shootout, not showing any flash of this strain he might have been below, and he should be delighted with his performance.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was impressed with their opponents Rochdale as well as 17-year-old Greenwood while it wasn’t the most complete operation from Manchester United.
He explained “Penalty shoot-outs can go either way. I thought Rochdale were excellent, we studied and analysed them and they’re a bit unorthodox, but they are confident and the way that they set up their team, it was fantastic tonight to watch them.
“We’re through, so we’re content with that and that is one also. The second is the fans, they were incredible again and the next were our penalties. They had been written and the boys enjoyed shooting them.
“You always want some quality in the last third and we lacked that sometimes. They defended well, of course we ought to have scored many objectives, but we have spoken about it many times that if you don’t take your chances, it is going to be a tricky night but we have got Mason who knows where the objective is.
“He scored a great goal today too and he’s a confident finisher but you have got to rememberhe’s 18 next week give him some time and he will be an excellent player.”
Rochdale director Bryan Barry-Murphy was pleased with his side played in Old Trafford in what he called the”adventure of a life”.
He explained:”I think that it was a really successful evening for us. If we’re attempting to become perfectionists, you would say we’d wish to win the tie and move through rather than observe being pumped out of the contest but our lads gave everything from the start in this competition right.
“For the men on the pitch and on the sides, it was the experience of a life and one they’ll aspire to repeat as they progress through their professions.”
It is a game for Man Utd second as they host Arsenal on Monday Night Football following Thursday before traveling to AZ Alkmaar at the Europa League. For Rochdale, they sponsor Wycombe in League One.

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