Man United vs Aston Villa | After a thrilling second half against Aston Villa at Old Trafford, Manchester United advanced to the Carabao Cup fourth round. Late goals from Bruno Fernandes and Scott McTominay ended a six-goal thriller in which the visitors had twice led.
In a close first half, there weren’t many clear opportunities. The finest opportunity for the home team came from Diogo Dalot’s improvised header from a Tyrell Malacia cross. Which Danny Ings deflected into the top of the goal. Martin Dubravka. The goalkeeper, scrambled to cover as McTominay was forced to head a fiercely inswinging Douglas Luiz corner off the line.
The opening of the second half, in contrast, could not have been more exciting. With Ollie Watkins receiving a pass from Jacob Ramsey and sprinting past Dubravka after only three minutes. However, Villa was dealt a blow just 19 seconds into the restart of the game when Fernandes escaped down the right on a long ball and selflessly squared for Anthony Martial to score.
Unai Emery replied by making three substitutions. And one of them, Leon Bailey, was rewarded almost immediately when he headed Ashley Young’s cross back across the goal after Dalot had mistakenly turned the ball in to give Villa the lead.
The Three Lions star did outstandingly to maintain his feet inside the penalty box and shot low past Robin Olsen after Marcus Rashford. Who was celebrating being called up to England’s World Cup team earlier in the day, had blasted barely wide.
Olsen was again assaulted. Alejandro Garnarcho successfully intercepted his attempted pass out with 12 minutes remaining. When the replacement player found Fernandes in the box. Fernandes’ shot needed Tyrone Mings’ significant deflection to go past the goalkeeper.
For United’s fourth goal, which sealed the victory, a minute into extra time, there was no need for such good fortune; once more, Garnacho delivered a pinpoint cross from the left on to the stretching McTominay’s toe.