Manchester United scrape through on penalties against League One Rochdale in Carabao Cup

Manchester United had to rely on penalties to reach the fourth round of the Carabao Cup against League One Rochdale.

The Red Devils’ woes continued on Wednesday night as they were held 1-1 in normal time at Old Trafford.
Daniel James scored the winning penalty to spare Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s blushes.

Paul Pogba returned to the Manchester United starting line-up against Rochdale and youngster Axel Tuanzebe was named captain by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Pogba returned after 25 days out with an ankle issue as the United boss made nine changes to the side defeated at West Ham, including 17-year-old Mason Greenwood returning after illness.
Academy graduate Tuanzebe, 21, was named skipper for the match against his hometown club.
Luke Matheson’s confident early flick away from Marcos Rojo showed that the teenager was not cowed by the grand setting – nor would the rest of his team-mates given the way they hassled and harried.
A slither of quality denied them creating a clear-cut opportunity in a bright start against an incoherent United side, who peppered the Rochdale goal as the first half wore on.
Many of those chances were from distance and those from closer range lacked a killer instinct, with Robert Sanchez denying a header from Marcos Rojo – a player that had numerous first-half attempts.
Pogba should have put United ahead in the 34th minute only to head over Greenwood’s beautiful clipped cross, with the teenage forward denied by the Rochdale goalkeeper when he burst through.
Daniel James scored the winning penalty for Man United against Rochdale
Jesse Lingard glanced a header just over as the hosts approached half-time on top but scoreless.
Brandon Williams came on for his debut after Phil Jones appeared to take a knock and Andreas Pereira’s deflected effort just went wide.
But every missed chance gave Rochdale increased hope and it took an acrobatic goal-line clearance from Wan-Bissaka to prevent Camps after United academy graduate Ollie Rathbone danced through.
Camps fizzed over moments later and kicked United into a response, with Greenwood denied by Sanchez at his near post and Lingard striking just across the face of goal.

Greenwood stung the palms as the hosts upped the ante, finally breaking the deadlock in the 68th minute. Lingard played out to Greenwood on the right-hand side of the box, with the forward cutting in and firing a low shot home.
But relief would be short-lived as Rochdale stunned Old Trafford with a memorable leveller.
A high cross into the box was met by 16-year-old Matheson, whose effort into the ground beat Romero and rippled the back of the net.
The hosts heaped on the pressure in a bid to steal a late winner, with Greenwood, Wan-Bissaka and Fred among those who failed to convert.
Substitute James and Pereira were denied by Sanchez in stoppage time as the match went to spot-kicks.
The first four attempts all found the net, before Romero got down to deny Keohane with a one-handed stop. It proved the difference as James wrapped things up to send United through.



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