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 winning a Carabao Cup penalty shootout 5-3.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s negative had wasted a variety of opportunities earlier Mason Greenwood (68) scored his second senior target with a thunderous work.
However, Rochdale got themselves back into the third-round tie long afterwards as 16-year-old Luke Matheson (75) levelled for the visitors to ultimately send the match to penalties.
It turned out to be a professional shoot-out out of United – who performed all of their spot-kicks – while some miss from midfielder Jimmy Keohane saw Rochdale agonisingly depart the competition.
United will now travel to Chelsea.
United dominated the first half but wasted a number of chances. Some marvellous saves from Rochdale goalkeeper Robert Sanchez kept outside them, with his two stops. He jumped to deny Tahith Chong before a shot in Andreas Pereira. He was at it again seven minutes later because he maintained a header out before Marcos Rojo nodded wide.
When the Paul Pogba wasted a glorious opportunity, united’s best opportunity of the opening period came in the 35th minute. Greenwood floated a pass that was lovely in for the Frenchman, who ran forward to meet with it, but he directed his header from six yards out.
Greenwood could have snatched a goal five minutes however another superb Sanchez stop kept out his well-taken attack. Not long afterwards, Lingard directed a header wide of the post again as United suffered a frustrating first half.
It was Rochdale who had a opportunity early in the second halfof the Former Man Utd academy merchandise Oliver Rathbone enjoyed towards the near post before cutting the ball back to Callum Camps within a area. Yet, a bicycle kick hacked off his shot the line against Aaron Wan-Bissaka in a terrific piece of defending.
United produced a deserved breakthrough out of Greenwood at the 68th minute with a rocket. The hosts played the ball well across the region before Lingard slid the 17-year-old in. He nipped before hammering a shot to the back of the net for his second senior objective.
But seven minutes later, Rochdale got themselves level. A long pass collected over the left, controlling it under pressure from. It didn’t seem like it would issue United, until before observing rapturously Matheson came in to flick the ball home via a packed box.
United continued to push to the winner, but had been not able to produce the breakthrough since the tie went into a penalty shoot-out. The hosts went and scored all their penalties, but a miss from Keohane, who saw the next kick of Rochdale stored by Sergio Romero sealed their exit.
It was another impressive performance from Greenwood up-front as he proceeds to reveal hints of what he can bring to Manchester United. He took his goal while he’d miss a few opportunities and it was a strike that beat a confident goalkeeper.
In addition, he scored a penalty in the shootout, not showing any flash of this strain he might have been beneath, and he should be delighted with his overall operation.
While it was not the most complete operation from Manchester United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was amazed with their opponents Rochdale in addition to 17-year-old Greenwood.
He said:”Penalty shoot-outs can go either way. I thought Rochdale were fantastic, we researched and analysed them and they are a bit unorthodox, but they are confident and the way that they put up their team, it was fantastic tonight to watch them.
“We’re through, so we’re content with this and that is one plus. The next is that the lovers, they were incredible and the third were our penalties. They were composed and the boys loved taking them.
“You always want some quality in the past third and also we lacked that sometimes. They defended well, naturally we should have scored many goals, but we’ve spoken about it many times that if you do not take your chances, it is likely to be a challenging night but we’ve got Mason who knows where the aim is.
“He also scored a good goal now as well and he is a confident finisher but you have got to rememberhe’s 18 second week give him the time and he’ll be a very good player.”
Rochdale manager Bryan Barry-Murphy was delighted with how his side performed at Old Trafford at what he called the”experience of a lifetime”.
He explained:”I think that it was a really successful day for us. If we’re trying to be perfectionists, you would say we’d need to win the tie and then go through and not observe being knocked out of the competition but our lads gave everything from the beginning inside this contest right.
“For the guys on the pitch and around the sides, it had been the experience of a life and one they will aspire to replicate as they advance through their professions.”
It is a game for Man Utd as they sponsor Arsenal about Monday Night Football next 28, prior to travelling to AZ Alkmaar at the Europa League. For Rochdale, they host Wycombe in League One on Saturday.