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Match Review : Manchester United VS Rochdale

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Manchester United are through to the next round of the Carabao Cup after beating neighbours Rochdales on penalties.

Another, quite frankly shocking performance from Ole’s boys has once again led to an uproar amongst fans.

The Old Trafford faithful came into the game with great expectation and excitement despite recent form. Although a tie against League 1 opposition is nothing to shout home about, the fact that Greenwood was starting another game and Tuanzebe was captain led to fans licking their lips in anticipation.

The Stretford end was in full voice before the whistle as the players came out, reciting all the best songs and a new one for their young captain on the night.

Not too dissimilar to previous fixtures at Old Trafford this season, Manchester United failed to repay the rampant support. The first half was flaccid, the only key moment of the half was Paul Pogba’s missed header from 5 yards out after some promising interplay. United was held at half time by a team satin 17th in league 1 at half time. Perfect half of football…

In pure Phil Jones fashion, he managed to get injured after barely doing anything the whole half. The centre-back was replaced by 19-year-old debutant Brandon Williams. Williams was one of the very few bright sparks in a tepid affair, he looked physically ready and positionally aware, to traits rare for a young lad making their debut.

In a similar vein to the first half, the likes of Chong, Pereira, and Lingard all contributed to half chances but very few clear cut chances. It wasn’t until a poor Chong was pulled off for James where there was an energy in the final third.

Almost embarrassingly, Manchester United once again needed to rely on the individual talent of 17-year-old Mason Greenwood to open the scoring quite late in the game.

Shortly after that, Rochdale’s youth prospect who is only 16 scored from right back. The equalizer took the game to a nervy penalty shoot-out. Sergio Romero’s penalty save was enough to spare the blushes of the Manchester United fans who will travel Stamford Bridge to play Chelsea in the next round.

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