Man Utd vs Rochdale
Carabao Cup 3rd Rnd
8:00pm Wednesday 25th September
Manchester United win 5-3 on penalties.
Manchester United defeated a scare against Rochdale, winning a Carabao Cup penalty shootout 5-3 after being held to a 1-1 draw at normal time in Old Trafford.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s negative had wasted a number of chances before Mason Greenwood (68) scored his second senior goal with a thunderous work.
However, Rochdale got themselves back into the third-round tie perhaps long afterwards as 16-year-old Luke Matheson (75) levelled for the people to ultimately send the game to penalties.
It was a professional shoot-out from United – who performed their spot-kicks all – while some miss from midfielder Jimmy Keohane watched Rochdale exit the competition.
United will travel to Chelsea.
United dominated the first half but squandered a number of opportunities. They were kept outside by some marvellous saves from Rochdale goalkeeper Robert Sanchez, with his first 2 stops. He jumped to deny Tahith Chong prior to a fierce shot from Andreas Pereira landed in his arms. Before Marcos Rojo nodded wide as he maintained out a header of Jesse Lingard he had been at it again seven minutes later.
When the Paul Pogba wasted a chance, united’s best chance of the opening period came in the 35th minute. Greenwood floated a pass that was beautiful in for the Frenchman, that ran forward to match, however, with the goal at his mercyhe directed his header over the crossbar from six yards out.
Greenwood might have spanned a goal five minutes after but, after a wonderful drive to the area, his well-taken strike was kept out by another Sanchez stop. Not long afterwards, Lingard led a header wide of the article.
It was Rochdale who had a opportunity in the second halfof the Former Man Utd academy product Oliver Rathbone enjoyed before cutting the ball back to Callum Camps inside a now-packed area. However, his shot was hacked off the line by a bicycle kick against Aaron Wan-Bissaka in a fantastic bit of protecting.
United produced a breakthrough out of Greenwood at the 68th minute with a rocket. The hosts played around the area until the 17-year-old was slid by Lingard at down the side of the box. Prior hammering a shot into the back of the net for his second goal he nipped from Rhys Norrington-Davies.
But seven minutes later, Rochdale obtained themselves degree. A pass collected over the left, controlling it under stress in. It didn’t look like it’d trouble United, before Matheson came storming in to flick the ball home via a crowded box before observing.
United continued to drive to the winner, but were unable to make the breakthrough since the tie went to a penalty shoot-out. The hosts went and scored all their fees, but a miss from Keohane, that watched Rochdale kick saved by Sergio Romero, finally sealed their exit.
It was another impressive performance from Greenwood up front as he continues to reveal flashes of what he can bring to Manchester United. He took his target with adulthood while a few chances were missed by him and it was a super strike that defeat a goalkeeper.
He also scored a trendy punishment in the shootout, not revealing any flash of the strain he might have been under, and he should be delighted with his overall performance.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was amazed with 17-year-old Greenwood in addition to their opponents Rochdale while it was not the performance from Manchester United.
He explained “Penalty shoot-outs can go either way. I believed Rochdale were fantastic, we studied and analysed them and they’re a little unorthodox, but they are confident and the way they set up their team, it was great tonight to watch them.
“We are through, so we’re content with this and that is one plus. The next is that the fans, they have been incredible and the next were penalties. They were composed and the boys enjoyed taking them.
“You always want a quality in the past third and we lacked that at times. They defended well, naturally we should have scored a number of objectives, but we have spoken about it many times that if you don’t take your chances, it is likely to be a challenging night but we have got Mason who understands where the goal is.
“He scored a good goal today as well and he is a certain finisher but you have got to rememberhe’s 18 next week so give him the time and he’ll be an excellent player.”
Rochdale director Bryan Barry-Murphy was so happy with his side performed at Old Trafford at what he called the”adventure of a life”.
He explained:”I think that it was a really successful evening for us. If we’re trying to be perfectionists, you’d say we would want to win the tie and then move through rather than celebrate being pumped out of the contest but our lads gave everything inside this competition right.
“For the men on the pitch and on the sides, it had been the adventure of a life and one they’ll aspire to repeat as they progress through their professions.”
It’s a big game for Man Utd Thursday prior to travelling to AZ Alkmaar at the Europa League as they sponsor Arsenal about Monday Night Football. On Saturday, they sponsor Wycombe in League One To get Rochdale.
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