English Premier League giants Manchester United registered a superb comeback victory over Aston Villa in their latest Carabao Cup fixture.
Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes and Scott McTominay were on the scoresheet for the home side. Meanwhile, Ollie Watkins scored for the visitors.
Manchester United lost to Aston Villa just in the previous game. So this was the time for Erik ten Hag’s side to get some revenge. Manchester United started with a 4-2-3-1 setup.
Martin Dubravka played under the bar. Diogo Dalot, harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof and Tyrell Malacia formed the four-man defense. Scott McTominay and Fred played at the base of the midfield while Donny van de Beek started as the attacking midfielder. Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes played as the winger while Anthony Martial led the forward line.
Manchester United Defeated Aston Villa in a Six-Goal Thriller
The first half of the game was a dull affair as both Manchester United and Aston Villa failed to create a single chance. The closest any of the team came to score the opener was when Douglas Luiz’s inswinging corner was headed out by McTominay.
Things however changed drastically after the restart. English international Ollie Watkins gave Aston Villa the lead in the 48th minute after a swift counter-attack. United though responded quickly.
Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes who was playing on the right wing broke through Aston Villa’s offside trap before setting up an unmarked Anthony Martial. The French forward did no mistake and tied the game.
Aston Villa once again took the lead in the 61st minute. Villa fullback Ashley Young made a surging run and sent a deep cross towards Leon bailey whose header found the back of the net through Diogo Dalot’s mistimed clearance.
The Red Devils then scored the equaliser for the second time in the game. English forward Marcus rashford defeated Robin Olsen with a low and hard strike to make the score 2-2.
Erik ten Hag’s side finally took the lead through Bruno Fernandes. Aston Villa goalkeeper Robin Olsen gave the ball away to Garnacho at a very dangerous position. the Argentine forward found Fernandes whose deflected shot reached the back of the net.
Garnacho then got his second assist of the game. The Argentine forward bent in a brilliant cross in the box which was headed home by Scott McTominay to complete a 4-2 win over Aston Villa.
The win secured Manchester United’s progression to the next round of the Carabao Cup. The Red Devils will now face Fulham in their final match before the World Cup break.