Manchester United beat Charlton Athletic 3-0 at Old Trafford on Tuesday night to advance to the Carabao Cup semifinal. Goals from Antony and Marcus Rashford (two) propelled the Red Devils passed a lackluster Charlton club. The victory was the team’s eighth-consecutive win in all competitions.
Ten Hag made eight changes to the team that last played Everton in the FA Cup. Tom Heaten was given the starting goalkeeper spot for his first appearance of the season. 17-year-old midfield prospect Kobbie Mainoo also made his senior debut for the club as well. The England youth international has recorded two goals and two assists in 11 U-23 league matches during the current campaign.
Antony opened the scoring for United in the 21st minute of the match. The $100 million winger curled a beautiful shot into the corner of the net from just outside of the box. It was fairly similar to the stunner he scored against Manchester City earlier in the season.
Defender Diogo Dalot had to be substituted in the first half, but it did not appear to be a serious injury. In fact, the fullback even made the ‘little’ sign with his thumb and forefinger when ten Hag approached him. Aaron Wan-Bissaka replaced the Portugal international in the match.
Second half subs propel United to Carabao Cup semifinal
Casemiro, Christian Eriksen and Marcus Rashford entered the fray in the 60th minute after Charlton enjoyed a decent spell with the ball. The subs seemed to put United back on top on the pitch. Facundo Pellistri also made his way into the match as well. The Uruguayan would mark his United senior debut with an assist just six minutes later.
Pellistri found Rashford in the middle of the box and the England international wasn’t going to miss from there in his current form. Rashford neatly placed the ball passed the Charlton goalkeeper for his sixth goal in consecutive games. He would not be done just yet.
Rashford can’t stop scoring
Rashford scored again in added time. The brace gives the forward seven goals in the six matches since the World Cup ended. United will now have to play Newcastle, Nottingham Forest/Wolves, or Southampton/Manchester City in the semifinals.
However, the Red Devils face their toughest test in quite some time when they face crosstown rivals City on Saturday in the Premier League.
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