MANCHESTER, England – Manchester United have advanced to the semi-finals of the League Cup after beating Charlton Athletic 3-0 at Old Trafford.
Anthony scored an impressive first-half goal, but United were only confident of progressing past a League One side when substitute Marcus Rashford scored twice in stoppage time to score for the sixth consecutive game.
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United are chasing their first trophy since 2017 and Erik ten Hag has reached his first cup semi-final since taking over the summer.
1. Silver in Manchester United’s sights
It has been more than five years since United won the trophy, but Ten Hag has given himself the chance to end the drought at the earliest opportunity.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reached the semi-finals of the League Cup, FA Cup and Europa League, as well as the 2021 Europa League final, but failed to make it past the finish line. After beating Charlton in the League Cup quarter-finals, Ten Hag is two games away from the Wembley final and a chance at his first trophy as United manager.
His reign at Old Trafford will depend on whether he can win the Premier League or the Champions League, but for a club hungry for success, the League Cup is a good place to start. Sir Alex Ferguson started with the FA Cup in 1990 and went on to win everything, and Solskjaer has repeatedly said during his reign that the cup competition can be a valuable springboard for bigger and better prizes.
Ten Hag is smart enough to understand that a trophy – and a trophy – and a top-four finish will mean a successful first season, and in his first semi-final, he gave himself the opportunity to win something just months after taking over.
2. Ten Hag Keeps the Promise of the Academy
When United were looking for a new permanent manager to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, they told candidates they were looking for three things: a manager who could win trophies, play exciting football and bring players to the first team from the academy.
Ten Hag has yet to have a chance to win a trophy but he started early with the youth and against Charlton he chose Alejandro Garnacho and 17-year-old midfielder Cobby Maina from the start.
Garnacho, 18, made his debut last season but has become a fixture under Ten Hag, scoring goals against Real Sociedad and Fulham.
Mainu is still hovering between the under-21s and the first team – he started for the under-21s at Fulham on Friday while Ten Hag’s team beat Everton in the FA Cup – but he’s impressed enough in training to feel the taste of adults for the first time. football.
Zidane Iqbal, 19, was also in the squad against Charlton, and 19-year-old defender Reece Bennett was on the bench most recently in a victory over Nottingham Forest on 27 December. fulfilling its promise to look to the future.
3. Charlton will have a nervous night
Ten Hag said in his pre-game policy notes that his team “won’t underestimate the level required” against Charlton, but perhaps even he was surprised by the tenacity of the League One side.
At 1-0, the Dutchman was worried enough to drop Casemiro, Christian Eriksen and Rashford after 60 minutes – probably not in his plans for the derby against Manchester City on Saturday. Tom Heaton, who made his full debut in goal, is to be commended for the way he commanded his box to score some tall balls into the box.
Managed by United supporter Dean Holden and whose last away win at Old Trafford was in 1986, Charlton did enough to give their 9,000 traveling supporters enough to cry on, and in the second half in particular they called some nervous moments at the prime minister. League defense.
It was only Holden’s second loss since being appointed in December, and for much of the game, the difference between the two teams was Anthony’s spectacular shot. Charlton and Holden have a lot to look forward to in their next game against Barnsley on Saturday.
Manchester United: Tom Heaton 7;
Subscriptions: Aaron Wan-Bissaka 6, Casemiro 6, Christian Eriksen 6, Marcus Rashford 7, Facundo Pellistri 7
Charlton: Ashley Maynard-Brewer 6, Sean Claire 6, Ryan Inniss 6, Lucas Ness 5, Steven Sessegnon 6, George Dobson 7, Alby Morgan 6, Scott Fraser 6, Jesurun Rak-Sakya 6, Miles Lieburn 6, Corey Blackett-Taylor 5.
Subscriptions: Eoghan O’Connell 6, Jack Payne 6, Jaden Stockley 6, Aaron Henry 6.
Best and Worst Performers
BEST: Alexandre Garnacho, Manchester United.
The Argentine started off brilliantly and United could have been 3-0 up just 10 minutes after his left work.
WORST: Corey Blackett-Taylor, Charlton Athletic.
He will regret not showing Anthony his weaker right foot, rather than allowing the Brazilian to break in and score with his left.
Highlights and Notable Moments
ANTHONY WITH BEAUTIFUL FOR MANCHESTER UNITED! 😱 pic.twitter.com/qYq0bGACp1
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Anthony put this amazing curler to the top of the bracket, putting Manchester United ahead on the road to victory.
After the match: what the players/managers said
Manchester United boss Eric ten Hag in an interview with BBC Radio: “We were supposed to reach this semi-final and we did our job. I think we should have finished it sooner, but in the end the goal was to give the team such compliments.”
Ten Hag on drummers Marcus Rashford, Christian Eriksen and Casemiro: “Before, we planned to bring them out and keep the rhythm going in the upcoming games … It’s the standards of this team, substitutions should be ready, and today we saw it again.”
Key statistics (provided by Sportzshala Stats & Information research)
– Marcus Rashford becomes the first Manchester United player to score in eight consecutive home games since Wayne Rooney in 2010 (they are the only players to have scored this since 2004-05).
– Rashford has also scored more goals (6) in his last five games for Manchester United than in 32 games for Manchester United in all competitions in 2021–22.
– Charlton haven’t beaten Manchester United since November 1989.
Manchester United: It’s a Manchester derby that sees City drive across the city to Old Trafford in a top four match on Saturday. A big test against the reigning Premier League champions, who are currently second only to Arsenal.
Charlton Athletic: Back in League One action with the home game against Barnsley on Saturday.