Manchester United 2-0 Burnley: Christian Eriksen and Marcus Rashford score in the EFL Cup

Marcus Rashford scoring a goal
Marcus Rashford scored his second goal in as many EFL Cup appearances this season to seal Manchester United’s place in the quarter-finals.

Marcus Rashford wasted no time in readjusting to club affairs after his World Cup campaign with England when he scored a fine solo goal in Manchester United’s EFL Cup win over Burnley at Old Trafford.

Rashford was one of five United players serving in Qatar to make manager Erik ten Hag’s starting line-up.

And after one, Christian Eriksen, put the hosts ahead just before half an hour with a fine first-half strike after Aaron Wan-Bissaka provided his first assist since May 2021, Rashford took the lead. center stage 12 minutes into the second half.

Given too much space as the Burnley defense fell back, Rashford began to run 10 yards into his own half and didn’t stop until he ran into the box, dove between Jack Cork and Jordan Beyer and drove his ninth goal of the season deep. . corner.

It was enough for United to claim their second home win within 90 minutes in this competition in five years.

It was also a positive way to start a new era without Cristiano Ronaldo, whose high-profile departure was largely ignored by home fans, unlike United’s other major World Cup story, a potential sale by the Glazer family. , while the followers sang well-known songs. demanding the departure of their American owners.

Can Martial replace Ronaldo?

With Ronaldo now consigned to Old Trafford historyAnthony Martial has a chance to show that he can be the effective number nine that Ten Hag believes he is capable of.

First of all, the Frenchman has to keep fit. So he must do more than produce fleeting glimpses of his talent.

Martial pulled off an excellent save from Bailey Peacock-Farrell after twisting and turning inside the Burnley box to create space for himself when there appeared to be none. The shot seemed destined for the top corner, but Peacock-Farrell had other ideas, much to Martial’s disbelief.

While he received rough treatment at times, there was a familiarity to the way the striker entered and exited the match, though his intelligence in making the run without the ball created space for Rashford to exploit. He did not go unnoticed by his partner.

Martial didn’t seem too impressed about being replaced, but with so many games to come, his fitness can’t be risked.

With Casemiro playing in central defense after Harry Maguire retired due to illness, there was a lack of familiarity with the United side.

But their win keeps them in a chance to end their five-year wait for a trophy as early as February, and against ground-breaking opponents. at the top of the championship and on the pace after playing twice after his own World Cup restart, Ten Hag will count this as a job well done.

Former City captain Kompany is now a Burnley man

Burnley manager Vincent Kompany has avoided talking about Manchester City around this tie.

The Belgian wanted to underline that he is now a Burnley man ahead of his first game as manager against a Premier League club, although, as a player, he enjoyed just as much success at Old Trafford, including a 2-0 win on his last visit. in April 2019 that helped the Blues on their way to the Premier League title and that famous 6-1 victory in October 2011.

Burnley play positive football, with Manuel Benson being particularly effective at it, even if the Belgian’s night ended disappointingly early due to injury.

The 25-year-old pulled an excellent save from Martin Dubravka, setting off a chain of events that led to Casemiro snagging his own line as Burnley looked set to benefit from some erratic holding from the United man, who also managed to err. controlling a routine backward pass which, had he had more pace, would have led to an embarrassing equalizing goal.

But Burnley lacked the class to truly upset their hosts. Ian Maatsen and Johann Gudmundsson missed chances for the Clarets late on, although Ashley Barnes was the biggest offender when he fired wide from six yards as visiting fans were already cheering for a goal.

Kompany won the plaudits of the traveling support late on and, despite suffering his third defeat since arriving at Turf Moor, he knows there are plenty of bigger games, against less demanding opponents, to come.

lineups

man utd

Training 4-2-3-1

  • 31Dubravka
  • 29Wan Bissakasubstituted forShawin 72′minutes
  • 18casemiro
  • 2Lindelof
  • 12malaciasubstituted forwilliamsin 85′minutes
  • 39McTominay
  • 14Eriksen
  • 10Rashfordsubstituted forFredin 85′minutes
  • 8Bruno FernandesBooked at 89 minutes
  • 49garnachosubstituted foranthonyin 59′minutesReserved at 80 minutes
  • 9Martialsubstituted forCountrysidein 72′minutes

substitutes

  • 1by Gea
  • 17Fred
  • twenty-oneanthony
  • 23Shaw
  • 28pellistri
  • 33williams
  • 3. 4of the Scholarship
  • 36Countryside
  • 66bennett

Burnley

Training 4-2-3-1

  • fifteenpeacock-farrell
  • 14roberts
  • 5Harwood-Bellis
  • 36Beyer
  • 29Classmatessubstituted forTaylorin 90′minutes
  • 24cullenReserved at 48 minutes
  • 4corksubstituted foregan rileyin 90′minutes
  • 17Manuelsubstituted forChurlinovin 64′minutes
  • 8brownhillsubstituted forbastionin 90′minutes
  • 7gudmundson
  • 10Barnessubstituted forCurlin 83′minutes

substitutes

  • 3Taylor
  • 6egan riley
  • 9Rodriguez
  • elevenCurl
  • twenty-oneMcNally
  • 26bastion
  • 27Churlinov
  • 32Luis
  • 49Muric

Referee:
graham scott

Attendance:
62,062

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