Manchester United are through to the Fourth Round of the Carabao Cup after an exciting attacking performance. José Mourinho combined youth and experience to showcase another fantastic attacking display at Old Trafford, sweeping aside Championship side Burton Albion 4-1. Marcus Rashford thrived in his new central role with Romelu Lukaku left on the bench as Mourinho rotated his squad. Rashford awarded with our Man of the Match. Here are the player ratings:
Sergio Romero: 7
Made one big save at 2-0 that could’ve caused United some issues. Showed why he’s a key addition to the squad and a reliable David De Gea back-up when necessary.
Matteo Darmian: 6.5
The Italian enjoyed a rare start for the Red Devils, and provided some solid defensive play down the right-hand side. Replaced by Shaw at half-time.
Victor Lindelöf: 5.5
After a reasonable preseason, the Swedish center-back has struggled for game-time. At times looked shaky and nervous under pressure. Lindelöf may take some time to adapt to the tenacious pace of English football, even with this fairly easy match up against Championship opposition.
Chris Smalling: 6
The center-back pairing that restricted Basel to limited chances in the Champions League last week were fairly untroubled for the majority of the game. Smalling was the better of the two, showing more experience at times. Still yet to stake a large enough presence to remove the in-form Eric Bailly and Phil Jones. Will be disappointed not to keep a clean sheet.
Daley Blind: 6.5
The Dutchman didn’t really put a foot wrong tonight, but he didn’t provide much else either. Solid at the back and comfortable in possession, he took a backseat role compared to the performances we have seen this season in the Premier League. With Martial marauding down the left, it’s understandable why Blind could relax and sit deeper.
Michael Carrick (C): 7
The experience from Carrick showed tonight. Tidy in possession and calm on the ball, the skipper controlled the midfield from the first whistle. Great to see him back in the squad!
Ander Herrera: 7
With veteran Carrick providing the anchor in the midfield, Herrera looked more attack minded. Plenty of energy from last season’s player of the year, with plenty of creative play going forward.
Jesse Lingard: 8
Superb performance from Lingard tonight. His assist for the opener was top quality and his constant energy and menace was rewarded with a slightly fortuitous goal to make it 3-0.
Juan Mata: 7
Mata coasted in this game, making it look too easy at times. His quality on the ball is undeniable, constantly carving out opportunities for the fast front three tonight. Had a shot hit the post.
Anthony Martial: 8
Another impressive performance from the Frenchman. United’s young and dynamic front three provided some blissful moments of quality for the Old Trafford faithful tonight, with Martial involved throughout. Deserved his goal on the hour mark. Showed his quality with some fancy footwork to assist Jesse Lingard’s goal. Very good performance.
Marcus Rashford: 8.5 (Man of the Match)
Rashford was somewhat under the scope tonight. José Mourinho left Lukaku on the bench, leaving the young forward as the sole striker. He thrived and provided a blistering start in his more central role. Two goals in 17 minutes set the pace for United’s explosive performance. His second was the pick of the goals, cutting inside on his right and unleashing a shot past Conner Ripley to make it 2-0.
Joel Pereira (Sub, 78’) : 5.5
The young Portuguese keeper came on with 10 minutes to go in the cup-tie. He flapped on Burton Albion’s goal.
Luke Shaw (Sub, 45’): 7
A great 45 minute showing for Shaw on his first appearance since April. He provided energy and stable defending throughout. Welcome back Luke!
Scott McTominay (Sub, 64’): 6
The young academy product came on for Rashford shortly after the hour mark. Maintained United’s attacking momentum well with some nice touches on the ball.
José Mourinho: 8
With nine changes to the team, Mourinho set his side out with young, energetic, fast attacking football. Combined with the experience of Mata, Carrick and Smalling, made for a tantalizing performance, sweeping aside the Championship outfit with professionalism.