Marcus Rashford superb as Man United thrash Burton in Carabao Cup
Manchester United, current holders of the EFL Cup, are managed by someone who wants to win every trophy available to him, so it's no surprise that Jose Mourinho started a strong team for Wednesday night's game against Burton. With 20 minutes played, United found themselves 2-0 up, thanks to goals from Marcus Rashford, putting any doubt over the result to bed. The final was 4-1.
United played scintillating football and were much better than the Championship team, as you'd expect. Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial added to the goal tally in what was an easy game for United. Burton grabbed a late goal to wake the sleeping away end. On to the next round.
Rashford is keen to show that his future at the club lies at centre-forward, and he didn't do his chances any harm against Burton. He also proved that he could play well alongside Anthony Martial; Mourinho usually opts to play one or the other.
United played attacking football from start to finish and earned the sort of result you'd expect against a team from the division below.
After a fantastic performance leading the line, Rashford was taken off with 25 minutes to play and went straight down the tunnel. Hopefully it's nothing serious.
Manager rating out of 10
10 -- Mourinho was never going to play a team of youngsters on Wednesday night but he rotates the squad efficiently, playing almost a totally different XI to what he puts out in the league. The manager also gave youngster Scott McTominay an opportunity to get half an hour on the Old Trafford pitch when more experienced substitutions were available. Mourinho's stock rose when he then gave U-23 goalkeeper Joel Pereira the final 10 minutes.
Good attacking football, good substitutions and through to the next round. No complaints.
Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)
GK Sergio Romero, 6 -- Flapped at an early cross but some brave defending denied Burton when one on one midway through the first half. Didn't really have anything else to do and was subbed with just over 10 minutes to go.
DF Matteo Darmian, 6 -- Wasn't tested much defensively and got up the right flank well. Crossing was a bit disappointing though.
DF Victor Lindelof, 7 -- Nice game to give the new, young signing some confidence. A competent display.
DF Chris Smalling, 7 -- Didn't have much to do but dealt with anything that came his way.
DF Daley Blind, 6 -- Offensively he was good, repeatedly playing in Martial. Defensively he was largely fine, although did leave what could have been a dangerous cross and cleared to the opposition.
MF Ander Herrera, 7 -- Won possession back for United on plenty of occasions. He was always asking for the ball and worked hard for 90 minutes.
MF Michael Carrick, 7 -- Solid performance from the captain in the centre of the pitch, making his first start of the season. His ball in set up Rashford for the first goal.
FW Jesse Lingard, 7 -- Went on some very positive attacking runs and got a touch on Carrick's pass to set up Rashford. Also, it was his shot that deflected in for the third goal. He has so much energy and will cover every blade of grass for the team.
FW Juan Mata, 7 -- Played lovely balls forward to create chances for his teammates before seeing an attempt of his own come back off the post. Taken off at half-time with the job done.
FW Anthony Martial, 8 -- Arguably the most exciting player on the pitch who always looked like making something happen. His play in the lead up to the third goal was sublime before his coolly put away United's fourth.
FW Marcus Rashford, 9 -- Cool finishing from the youngster to put United 1-0 up before doubling the lead with a confident strike from outside the box. Played a perfectly weighted ball through to Martial for the France international's goal. Subbed with 25 minutes to go:
DF Luke Shaw, 6 -- Came on at half-time for Mata. Had the ball in the back of the net but it was ruled out for offside.
FW Scott McTominay, 6 -- The youngster replaced Rashford with 25 minutes left to play. Struggled to get too heavily involved.
GK Joel Pereira, NR -- Had nothing to do. Mourinho is clearly a fan of the Portuguese goalkeeper though.
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