Manchester United are into the fourth round of the Carabao Cup after beating Luton Town 3-0 at Kenilworth Road.
United went into the game under pressure having tasted defeat in their Premier League opener against Crystal Palace on Saturday and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fielded a much-changed team, with Harry Maguire the only player to keep his place from that game.
There were full debuts handed to Dean Henderson and Donny van de Beek and both players impressed, with Henderson making a fine save in the second half while United led 1-0.
Juan Mata gave United that one-goal lead in the first half as he netted from the spot, but the visitors were made to wait until late in the game for their second and third goals, which were ultimately provided by Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood off the bench.
United are into the fourth round of the Carabao Cup where they will face either Preston or Brighton next week.
We’ll be back with all the latest transfer news tomorrow morning. For now it is job done, as Marcus Rashford tweeted. Goodnight!
If it is any consolation to the Manchester United supporters irritated by Matt Judge’s presence at Kenilworth Road there are usually direct flights from Luton to Dortmund.
United’s turbulent transfer window still has the best part of a fortnight to run and their first win of the new season at Championship newcomers Luton Town will barely ease the pressure valve. Signings are not quite as significant as silverware to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and United are in the midst of a barren run they have not endured since the late 80s. Solskjaer is well within his rights to target a trophy presentation at the earliest available opening and even in a crammed campaign the League Cup is valued by United.
The official United man of the match award has been given to Donny van de Beek.
A very impressive showing from Eric Bailly tonight, and very important for him to get 90 minutes under his belt.
Confident throughout and showcased his distribution with an effortless pass to Brandon Williams. Much more vocal than David de Gea and a fine save late on. 8
Had to be told to get forward time and again by the United coaching staff. Needs to be told he is not at Crystal Palace anymore. 5
A brilliant run from Mason Greenwood and he fires low across goal into the bottom corner. Job done.
The subs have made the difference with a bit of stardust, this time Greenwood dribbles past a defender and sees his low effort saved.
United fans are saying the same thing about Jesse Lingard tonight. Well maybe not Lionel Messi comparisons, but he’s been good.
Some good play from United before Van de Beek’s low shot is saved well. Maguire heads the resulting corner straight at the keeper.
The TV cameras have just panned to top scorer James Collins on the bench. The Luton striker watches on, but will be eager for a chance with only one goal in this.
A couple of quick fouls and loose passes making this game a bit nervier than it should be.
Dean Henderson hasn’t had anything to do. The ultimate test will come if he has to be called into action after spectating much of the match.
Some much better play now from United, and they know a second goal will win this tie. Fresh legs are needed soon.
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