Manchester United had to bounce back from their shock defeat against Huddersfield Town last weekend. And they did it in style, securing a place in the Carabao Cup quarter final with a win over Swansea City.
Swansea City lineup: Christopher Nordfeldt (GK); Angel Rangel (C), Mike van der Hoorn, Alfie Mawson, Martin Olsson (Kyle Naughton, 39′); Ki Sung Yeung, Roque Mesa (Leroy Fer, 67′), Sam Clucas, Wayne Routledge; Jordan Ayew, Oliver McBurnie (Tammy Abraham, 72′).
Manchester United lineup: Sergio Romero (GK); Matteo Darmian, Victor Lindelof, Chris Smalling (C), Daley Blind; Axel Tuanzebe, Ander Herrera (Nemanja Matic, 67′); Jesse Lingard, Scott McTominay, Anthony Martial (Luke Shaw, 87′); Marcus Rashford (Romelu Lukaku, 67′).
Goals: Lingard (21′, 59′).
Yellow cards: Rangel (39′), Clucas (56′), Ki (70′), Tuanzebe (75′), Blind (79′).
Jose Mourinho made eight changes from the side that started against Huddersfield last Saturday. Most notable was the inclusion of youngsters McTominay and Tuanzebe, both being handed the responsibilities in the middle of the pitch. Romero was also inducted between the sticks, ahead of first choice keeper David De Gea. Swansea City boss Paul Clement also retained only three players from the starting eleven in the last weekend’s Premier League encounter against Leicester City. The Swans lost that match 1-2.
The visitors started the day in fashion, with the young guns attacking brilliantly. And it took only 21 minutes for United to break the Swansea defense. Herrera passed the ball to Rashford in the midfield, and the forward’s terrific touch found Lingard in a nice position. A couple of touches from the Englishman were enough to set him up for an easy finish at the bottom right corner. Manchester United kept pushing for another goal in the remaining period of the first half, but the scoreline remained 0-1 at the break.
The beginning of the second half proved to be another fantastic period for the away side. About fifteen minutes into the half, United doubled the lead, through Lingard again. This time, Tuanzebe started an attack from the midfield, before sending out a pass to Darmian on the right flank. The Italian floated in a delicious cross to the box and Lingard was there, notching it home with a fabulous header.
The third goal for United was on the horizon after Lingard’s brace. In fact, the English youngster further got a chance to net a hat-trick four minutes after his second, but this time, it wend wide of the target. Five more minutes later, from a Lingard corner, McTominay headed beautifully at the target. But, the Swansea custodian parried it away. The ball kindly fell to Tuanzebe in front of the goal, however, the youngster failed to send it home from that close range.
Towards the other end, Swansea substitute Abraham took a thunderous strike moments after coming to the pitch, and Romero spectacularly saved it to maintain the clean sheet. The Argentine did it again in the stoppage time and denied Fer a consolation goal. Eventually, United held on to the lead and progressed to the last eight of the competition!
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