Manchester United 1-1 Rochdale (5-3 on pens): United survive Carabao Cup scare


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

Old Trafford
(Att: 58313)

Manchester United win.
Manchester United overcame a scare against Rochdale, after being held to a 1-1 draw at time at Old Trafford winning a Carabao Cup penalty shootout 5-3.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side had wasted a number of chances before Mason Greenwood (68) scored his second senior goal with a thunderous work.
But Rochdale got themselves back into the third-round tie long after as 16-year-old Luke Matheson (75) levelled for the visitors to finally send the match to penalties.
It turned out to be a professional shoot-out out of United — who scored all their spot-kicks — while some miss from midfielder Jimmy Keohane saw Rochdale agonisingly depart the competition.
United will travel to Chelsea.
United dominated the first half but squandered a variety of chances. Some marvellous rescue from Rochdale goalkeeper Robert Sanchez also kept outside them, along with his two stops arriving in the 19th minute. He leapt to deny Tahith Chong prior to a shot in Andreas Pereira. He was at it again seven minutes later until Marcos Rojo nodded wide from a Pereira corner as he kept out a header of Jesse Lingard.
If the coming Paul Pogba wasted a glorious opportunity, united’s best opportunity of the opening period came in the 35th minute. A lovely pass floated in for the Frenchman, that ran forward to meet it, but, with the goal at his mercy, he frustratingly directed his header from six yards out.
Greenwood could have spanned a goal five minutes later but, following a drive into the area, his well-taken attack was kept outside by another Sanchez stop. Not long afterwards, Lingard directed a header wide of the post.
It had been Rochdale who had a chance early in the second half. Former Man Utd academy product Oliver Rathbone enjoyed before cutting the ball back into Callum Camps inside a location. But, a bicycle kick scraped off his shot the line from Aaron Wan-Bissaka in a wonderful piece of defending.
United produced a deserved breakthrough in the 68th minute with a rocket. The hosts played with the ball well around the region until Lingard slipped the 17-year-old down the side of the box. Prior hammering a shot into the back of the net for his second objective, he nipped.
But seven minutes later, Rochdale got themselves level. Rathbone collected a pass on the left, before looping a shot to the 22, controlling it under stress from Wan-Bissaka. It did not seem like it would trouble United, until prior to celebrating rapturously Matheson came back in to flick the ball home via a packed six-yard box.
United continued to drive to the winner, but had been unable to create the breakthrough as the tie went into a punishment shoot-out. The hosts went and scored their penalties each, but a collapse from Keohane, that saw Rochdale kick rescued by Sergio Romero sealed their departure.
It was another impressive performance from Greenwood. He also still took his target while he did miss several opportunities and it was a strike that overcome a confident goalkeeper.
He also scored a punishment in the shootout, not revealing any flash of the strain he may have been beneath, and he must be happy with his operation.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was amazed with their competitions Rochdale in addition to 17-year-old Greenwood while it was not the most complete functionality from Manchester United.
He explained :»Penalty shoot-outs could go either way. I thought Rochdale were excellent, we researched and analysed them and they’re a bit unorthodox, but they are confident and how they put up their team, it was fantastic tonight to see them.
«We’re through, so we’re delighted with this and that’s one also. The second is the lovers, they have been incredible and the third were penalties. They had been written and the boys enjoyed shooting them.
«You always need a quality in the last third and we lacked that at times. They defended well, of course we ought to have scored a number of goals, but we have talked about it many times that when you do not take your chances, it is going to be a tricky night but we’ve got Mason who understands where the objective is.
«He also scored a great goal today as well and he’s a certain finisher but you have got to remember, he’s 18 next week give him some time and he will be an excellent player.»
Rochdale manager Bryan Barry-Murphy was so pleased with how his side performed at Old Trafford at what he called the»adventure of a lifetime».
He said:»I think that it was a very successful day for us. If we’re trying to be perfectionists, you would say we would need to win the tie and then move through and not observe being pumped out of the competition but our lads gave everything from the start within this contest right.
«For the guys on the pitch and on the sides, it had been the experience of a life and one they will hope to replicate as they advance through their careers.»
It’s a big game for Man Utd as they host Arsenal on Monday Night Football next Thursday prior to traveling to AZ Alkmaar at the Europa League. On Saturday, they sponsor Wycombe in League One To get Rochdale.

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