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