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Manchester United 3-0 Town - Match Report
Wednesday, 23rd Sep 2015 21:58

Goals from Wayne Rooney. Andreas Pereira and sub Anthony Martial saw Manchester United to a 3-0 Capital One Cup third round victory over the Blues at Old Trafford. Rooney put the home side in front in the 23rd minute, full debutant Pereira made it 2-0 with a freekick on the hour and Martial added the third in injury time.

Mick McCarthy switched his entire XI having indicated prior to the match that he planned to field a much-changed side with Saturday’s Championship game at home to Bristol City his greater priority.

Bartosz Bialkowski returned in goal with Jonny Parr making his first start of the season at left-back and Josh Emmanuel at right-back

Recent signing Piotr Malarczyk made his full Town debut at the centre of the defence alongside Josh Yorwerth.

In midfield, Kevin Bru partnered Giles Coke in the centre with Jay Tabb on the left and Tommy Oar making his Town debut on the right. Daryl Murphy, who skippered, and David McGoldrick were up front.

There was no Dean Gerken on the bench - Michael Crowe was the sub keeper - the former Colchester man having suffered minor ankle and groin injuries during Friday’s 1-1 draw with Birmingham.

In contrast to Town’s side, Manchester United named a very strong line-up including Rooney, Bastian Schweinsteiger, David de Gea and Juan Mata, although recent signing Anthony Martial was on the bench.

Town survived a second-minute Mata freekick from just outside the area, Pereira hitting the post after the ball had been nodded back across the area, but having already gone out of play.

At the other end, Parr was played on the left but de Gea was out quickly to claim at his feet, while the linesman’s flag had already been raised.

United started to move the ball around confidently and in the sixth minute Pereira hit a low shot which Bialkowski claimed low down.

Blues debutant Oar made an impressive break down the right in the eighth minute, cutting the ball back to McGoldrick, who was crowded out and eventually conceded a foul.

The home team and players claimed a penalty in the ninth minute when Antonio Valencia’s attempted cross struck Coke on the hand. Referee Simon Hooper waved away the protests but plenty of other officials might well have pointed to the spot.

Pereira scuffed wide from distance in the 12th minute with the Red Devils inevitably having most of the ball but with Town so far remaining resolute at the back and making the occasional break forward. On 18 Ashley Young lashed wildly over from distance.

Blues keeper Bialkowski had been relatively untroubled aside from Pereira’s low strike but in the 23rd minute the home side went in front.

Daley Blind played a ball from the back, Rooney got in behind Malarczyk and shook off the Polish defender before firing past Bialkowski.

Three minutes later, with the 4,500-plus Town fans in the upper tier behind the goal United were attacking still making the most noise despite the goal, Young played a superb cross-field ball to Ander Herrera who under-hit a low volley to Bialkowski.

Having got their noses in front United were rarely allowing Town a touch of the ball. On 29 Mata struck a low effort but Bialkowski was equal to it.

A minute later the Blues’ Polish keeper was quickly off his line to claim ahead of Valencia as he sought to get on to Mata’s clever pass in behind Parr, then in the 32nd minute Mata cut a freekick back to the edge of the box and Blind took a touch before shooting against a defender.

Soon after, Yorwerth headed an Oar corner well wide after what had become a rare Blues foray forward.

In the 41st minute de Gea came out to claim ahead of McGoldrick as he slid in with Chris Smalling on the right of the area.

However, since the goal the Blues had been almost constantly pinned back in their half of the field, albeit without United having been able to create another clear-cut opportunity with Emmanuel having made a couple of important challenges on Pereira and Young inside the box.

As the fourth official held up his board indicating one additional minute, the Blues had their best chance of the half. McGoldrick fed Oar to his right and the Australian brought the ball inside before hitting a powerful shot not too far past de Gea’s right post.

Oar’s strike was the final action of a half unsurprisingly dominated by the home side but at 1-0 with the Blues still in the tie.

Manchester United had spent most of the half confidently passing and probing for gaps in the Town defence but with only Rooney’s well-taken goal to show for all their possession.

Blues chances were few and far between but as Oar’s late strike had almost illustrated it would take only one moment of magic or perhaps a mistake for Town to get back on terms.

The Blues started the second half brightly, McGoldrick flicking an early header wide from Coke’s left-wing cross. Moments later the Blues’ number 10 turned and sent a dangerous low ball across the United six-yard box but neither Murphy nor Tabb could reach it.

The Blues continued to have the better of the opening minutes and on 10, after an Oar freekick on the right, Tabb saw a strike blocked. United made heavy weather of clearing he danger and the ball was eventually returned to Oar, whose shot flew high and wide.

The home side began to regain control and in the 58th minute Valencia hit a powerful low strike which Bialkowski could only parry and Yorwerth cleared the danger.

And right on the hour, United doubled their lead. Bru was penalised for a foul on Mata not far outside the area and Pereira curled a freekick past the motionless Bialkowski and into the net.

Town immediately switched strikers McGoldrick and Murphy for Brett Pitman and Freddie Sears.

United having added to their lead the game returned to the pattern of the first half and on 65 Mata forced Bialkowski to tip over with a 25-yard strike. Five minutes later Phil Jones replaced Smalling and Martial took over from Mata.

Three minutes after being introduced Martial shot wide following a one-two with Rooney, then on 75 Larsen Touré took over from Tabb for the Blues with Oar moving to the left.

A minute later Yorwerth got his head to an Oar freekick from the right but could only direct it away from goal. Sears sent a low ball back in from the right but the danger was cleared. With nine minutes to go Rooney was replaced by Memphis.

On 83 Sears broke away but found his path blocked by a number of defenders so fed Touré to his right. The Guinean international cleverly picked out Pitman breaking into the area but Jones got a toe in to turn the ball behind.

De Gea claimed the corner and United immediately broke away, Parr upending Pereira and picking up the game’s first booking as a result.

Bialkowski was at his sharpest to save Pereira’s close-range deflected shot with his feet in the 87th minute after the ball had been cut back from the right.

In injury time Martial made it 3-0 when he was played in on goal by Memphis chesting into his path - perhaps when in an offside position - and slipped the ball past Bialkowski to net his fourth goal in four games.

The final whistle went soon after to end Town’s Capital One Cup run at the third round stage.

The Blues, who went over to applaud their large travelling army after the game, had battled gamely for the whole 90 minutes but inevitably were very much second best to their more illustrious opponents.

While an upset never really looked on the cards - Town failed to hit a shot on target - the much-changed line-up could be proud of their efforts.

What’s almost certain to be a very different Town XI will be in action at home to Bristol City in the Championship on Saturday afternoon.

Manchester United: De Gea, Valencia, Smalling (Jones 70), Blind, Young, Schweinsteiger, Herrera, Mata (Martial 70), Fellaini, Pereira, Rooney (c) (Memphis 81). Unused: Romero, Darmian, Carrick, Schneiderlin.

Town: Bialkowski, Emmanuel, Parr, Malarczyk, Yorwerth, Coke, Bru, Oar (Touré 75), Tabb, Murphy (c) (Pitman 61), McGoldrick (Sears 61). Unused: Chambers, Maitland-Niles, Kenlock, Crowe.

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Chicago_Blue added 22:00 - Sep 23
Proud of them. Not a single shot on target, which is a shame.

cartman1972 added 22:02 - Sep 23
Waste of time and a crap performance

mattraisin added 22:05 - Sep 23
Had a stream. We looked good. Play like that 8n our league and we will win lots. Just undone by some world class players and play. So shut up cartman, you moany git.

mpkshephard added 22:06 - Sep 23
What a boring pointless exercise, it's so boring being a town fan these days... I remember when the owner and manager had some balls

blueboy1981 added 22:06 - Sep 23
Oh well - Who could say we really wanted it when you make 11 changes ? - absurd really.

Well done to a team of players who hardly knew who was playing next to them tonight - you did your best and didn't disgrace yourselves, or the Club.

Let's just hope for nothing less than 3 points against Bristol - after showing little interest in tonight's opportunity.


ArnieM added 22:08 - Sep 23
3-0 against a Town reserve side. Well played Town. Now for the REAL job this season.Promotion.

ianmarshall10 added 22:08 - Sep 23
Good effort from town as there team cost over £200 million tonight 3-0 flatterd Man U

essex57 added 22:11 - Sep 23
Well blue boy you show your true colours when you agree with comment like mpkshephards

blueboy1981 added 22:13 - Sep 23
essex57 ........ it's called TRUTH ........ heard of it ??? ............ some of us have, but only some ... !!

warktheline added 22:15 - Sep 23
Bloody pointless competition, shame but that's the way it is in modern football. Roll on Saturday, let's get back to something that means something....3 hard earned points!

LWNR2013 added 22:15 - Sep 23
............could have gone for it...................lost 2 - 0.................WHY? It's being pragmatic and giving lots of players a great experience.

ooaahpennyfather added 22:17 - Sep 23
Disappointed for the fans who travelled all that way to watch our second team get beaten. True reflection on English football I'm afraid..... the club obviously thinks more of the Premier League than they do their own fans??

warktheline added 22:17 - Sep 23
Essex57, wasn't you recently saying all are entitled to an opinion?

Bert added 22:17 - Sep 23
MM must have had a glint in his eye when he named a developmental team to play a full strength United. Great stuff to give the squad a game. I love it and what a great poke at the arrogance of Man U and their so called supporters. Proud to be a real ITFC fan and look forward to Saturday.

essex57 added 22:18 - Sep 23
Blueboy thankfully your thoughts are in the minority.

clarkey01 added 22:20 - Sep 23
cartMan 1972 you are a complete tw$# and mpkshepherd do you expect them to win then. Get real you f,;-*$ idiots. The boys done well.

runaround added 22:22 - Sep 23
Men against boys....or should that be £281m of talent against £108.5k of talent! Proud of our "reserves" tonight & I'm not sure our first choice XI would have faired better. A brave decision from Mick to rest so many players but it doesn't seem to have worked out so bad. A win Saturday against Brizzle City & will be the right decision. We will at least have fresh players for that & it's so much more important than tonight in the great scheme of things

bluemikey100 added 22:22 - Sep 23
at least score was low with our second string team well done supporters who made the trip

TimmyH added 22:24 - Sep 23
Very much as expected - not a thrashing but a stroll for United. No shots on target from us is very disappointing though.

Will Bart be back in goal on Saturday? he really was on a hiding to nothing tonight. Let's hope we get the 3 points or there will be a few disgruntled fans.

essex57 added 22:24 - Sep 23
I certainly was Warktheline and thats my opinion of so called supporters always knocking certain players and most management decisions.
I dont think that the team that played friday would of done any better than tonights team.

warktheline added 22:25 - Sep 23
Clarkey01, do you have to grace this forum with such intelligent words....unreal!

Tractorboy1985 added 22:28 - Sep 23
Totally proud of the players who played 2nite all bar Daryl Murphy!! I can expect we are playing far superior opposition but give your all man for the 4500+ travelling fans who paid hard earned dosh! Didn't run.. No effort what so ever.. The rest I thought gave everything for the shirt! Yorwerth outstanding against a 300k a week centre forward! Oar has real quality from set pieces.. Look forward to seeing him again! I know some fans won't be happy with the 11 who mick picked but would skuse/Douglas.. Berra/smith done better? Back to the championship and hopefully 3 points against Bristol City Saturday! COYB!!!

blueboy1981 added 22:29 - Sep 23
Huge credit to the many travelling ITFC fans, who at no small cost, went to Manchester tonight in hope of an upset.

You really are a credit to this Club - and deserve better than to have been presented at Old Trafford with what can only have be seen as a disappointing team line up.

So easy, for keyboard warriors down here, some of who have HUGE opinions as to what is acceptable, contribute little, and in some cases nothing - to ITFC.

You are, as ever, the unsung heroes. Take a bow - Guys & Gals. Safe journey home.

cartman1972 added 22:30 - Sep 23
Yes well done clarkey01 excellent use of the Queens English

masetheace added 22:36 - Sep 23
I'm sure the supporters who travelled tonight were well aware of the probability that MM would play a much changed team . Super result against very strong Man U team . Get real guys , promotion has to be the main aim , so do what you have to do to focus on the main event

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