EFL Cup third round | Sixfields Stadium | Attendance: 7,798 | Scorers: Revell 42’ | Carrick 17’, Herrera 68’, Rashford 75′
Manchester United booked a place in the fourth round of the English Football League (EFL) or simply called the League Cup, seeing off Northampton Town 3-1 on Wednesday evening.
United’s experienced midfielder, Michael Carrick, made his first appearance of the season. Carrick scored a good first-half game goal for United but the Northampton Town drew level before the half time break through Alex Revell’s penalty.
Photo: Ander Herrera celebrates after scoring the second goal.
Ander Herrera scored the second goal during the second half, hammering the ball in from substitute Marcus Rashford’s pass. Rashford scored the third goal almost near the end, saving United the embarrassment of losing for the 4th time in a stretch.
Possession: Northampton 23% United 77%
Shots: Northampton 5 United 7
Shots on target: Northampton 2 United 2
Corners: Northampton 3 United 1
Photo: Michael Carrick (left) celebrates the first goal.
Possession: Northampton 25% United 75%
Shots: Northampton 6 United 13
Shots on target: Northampton 2 United 6
Corners: Northampton 5 United 4
Northampton: Smith, Moloney, Buchanan (c), Diamond, Revell, Gorre (Potter 66), McCourt (Richards 73’), Hoskins, Beautyman (O’Toole 54’), Taylor. Subs not used:Cornell, Byrom, Sonupe, Nyatanga.
Booked: McCourt, Potter.
United: Romero, Fosu-Mensah (Rashford 55’), Smalling, Blind, Rojo, Schneiderlin (Fellaini 73’), Carrick, Memphis (Ibrahimovic 55’), Herrera, Young, Rooney (c). Subs not used: Johnstone, Darmian, Lingard, Mata.
MOURINHO REACTS TO WIN AT SIXFIELDS STADIUM
The United boss spoke to Sky Sports and MUTV after the final whistle: “We deserved it. It was as I was expecting. We were totally in control for the first 35 minutes and then we were back in control for the last 25 minutes . . .”
It wasn’t particularly a football matchup victory for me to give United kudos because, after all, who or which club is Northampton Town? Compared to Manchester United? Until United jam other equally big clubs in the English Premier League and sustain a steady unqualified streak of wins, I’ll reserve my enthusiasm. I’m still trying to get used to Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford.