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Manchester United have been eliminated at home…

Manchester United have been eliminated at home in the third round of the Carabao Cup by a Championship team. 

Yes, you have read that correctly. Manchester United are officially out of the Carabao Cup in a match that can only be described as a trainwreck you cannot look away from. 

The match started out well for United who scored early through Juan Mata. However, it seemed that from that moment on their attacked power was turned off. They began to sit deeper and deeper into their own half and although they were able to control the ball, they were unable to do so outside their own half. In the 59th minute, Young gave up a freekick in a dangerous area which lead to Derby’s first goal of the match. 

Things from that moment on became ever worse for United. In the 66th minute, Romero was given a straight red card for handling the ball outside the box and Grant was forced to come on. Grant was able to make some crucial saves but ultimately,  Derby went ahead with just 5 minutes to play. 

At the end of the 90, 6 minutes were added on and with just 1 more minute to play Fellaini equalized. This meant that because of rule changes, there would be no added time and instead the teams would go straight into a penalty shootout. 

All players converted their penalties but Jones missed his meaning that Derby went through. 

This game should have never gone to penalties. United had ample opportunities to win this match but they were unable to finish those chances. They were outplayed by Derby at almost every opportunity and only through a late minute equalizer from Fellaini did they have any hope of making it through. They went out with a whimper after playing thoroughly shocking and pathetic football. 

With Romero’s red card today, it means that in the month of September 3 United players have been given a red card. The first was a straight red to Rashford on 2 September against Burnley, the second were the double yellows to Matic against Watford on 15 September, and Romero’s straight red today on 25 September. 

It is hard to even find something positive to say about today’s match. Players seem to not care, the manager refuses to make any changes, and the fans are becoming disconnected with the team.

Teams used to fear playing Manchester United and coming to Old Trafford, but after seeing them be outplayed by Wolves and Derby, teams are most likely starting to lose that fear. United are no longer the team that they once were and something needs to change

12 United Players have joined up with their National…

12 United Players have joined up with their National Teams 

Argentina: Sergio Romero has joined up with La Albiceleste for their friendlies against Brazil on 9 June and against Singapore on 13 June. Marcos Rojo is still recovering from his knee injury and did not join the team. 

Armenia: Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored twice for his native country in a 5-0 win against Saint Kitts and Nevis. Armania has a World Cup qualifier against Montenegro on 10 June

Belgium: Marouane Fellaini scored the winner for his home country when he came on as a second half substitute in their match against the Czech Republic. Belgium is currently the group H leaders in World Cup qualifiers and they will hope to continue their luck when they play against Estonia on 11 June. 

England: Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Jesse Lingard, and Marcus Rashford were all named to Gareth Southgate’s squad and went through a military training course with the Royal Marines. The Three Lions are currently the leaders in Group F and have a match against Scotland on 10 June before facing off against France in a friendly on 13 June. 

France: Paul Pogba started in France’s 5-0 win against Paraguay. Pogba will return to Sweden for France’s World Cup Qualifier and then face off against some of his United teammates in the Stade de France. 

Italy: Matteo Darmian has joined the Azzurri for the 8 June friendly against Uruguay. The Italians have a crucial Group G World Cup qualifier against Liechtenstein on  11 June.

Ivory Coast: Eric Bailly and the rest of his teammates will have the death of their international teammate Cheick Tiote on their minds when they play against Guinea in a friendly on 10 June. Tiote collapsed during a training session with his Chinese club Beijing Enterprises. He is most often remembered for his wonderful volley against Arsenal to help Newcastle United tie 4-4 after being down 4-0 at HT.

Netherlands: Daley Blind has featured for both of the Netherland’s friendlies against Morocco and Ivory Coast. Next up for the Dutch and Blind is a world cup qualifier against Luxembourg when former Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat will take charge for the first time. 

Spain: David De Gea is part of Julen Lopetegui’s that will play against Colombia in a friendly on 8 June before their World Cup qualifier against Macedonia on 11 June.

The complete schedule for the remaining international fixtures looks like this:

Wednesday 7 June
Italy v Uruguay (Darmian)
Spain v Colombia (De Gea)

Friday 9 June
Argentina v Brazil (Romero)
Sweden v France (Pogba)
Netherlands v Luxembourg (Blind)

Saturday 10 June
Montenegro v Armenia (Mkhitaryan)
Scotland v England (Jones, Smalling, Lingard, Rashford)
Ivory Coast v Guinea (Bailly)

Sunday 11 June
Estonia v Belgium (Fellaini)
Italy v Liechtenstein (Darmian)
Macedonia v Spain (De Gea)

Tuesday 13 June
Singapore v Argentina (Romero)
France v England (Pogba; Jones, Smalling, Lingard, Rashford)