Capital One Cup Third Round
Manchester United vs. Ipswich Town
Venue: Old Trafford
Date: Wednesday, 23 September 2015
Kick-off: 20:00 BST
Manchester United booked their place in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup, with a comfortable 3-0 win over Ipswich Town.
The Championship side have started their season well, but goals from Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial bookended Andreas Pereira’s first goal for the club, on his full debut.
Rooney bagged his first domestic goal of the season after using his body well before a fine finish, and Martial now averages a goal every 58 minutes, taking his tally to four in as many games.
Phil Jones also made his first appearance of the season, arriving as a substitute in the second half after being ruled out through injury so far this campaign.
It could have been even better for Pereira, as he hit the post with less than two minutes on the clock, only for the assistant referee to raise his flag anyway.
The lively Pereira then produced two more shots, with a penalty appeal sandwiching those incidents, as Antonio Valencia’s cross seemed to strike the hand of Giles Coke.
Ashley Young, reverting to a left-back role due to the injuries of Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo, shot well wide, before the opening goal arrived halfway through the first half.
Daley Blind, always an intelligent footballer, played a sublime forward ball to Rooney, who shrugged off a defender and expertly finished underneath Bartosz Bialkowski.
Some neat build-up play saw Juan Mata have a shot saved, before Tommy Oar’s effort from outside the area fell wide in stoppage time, as United went in at the break 1-0 up.
David McGoldrick headed wide after the restart before his ball across the face of goal was met by no-one.
Oar fired over after his initial free-kick was cleared as Valencia had a shot saved at the other end.
Then came the Brazilian’s moment, with Pereira leaving Bialkowski rooted to the spot and curling his free-kick over the wall and into the back of the net in front of the Stretford End.
More good play from United led to Mata’s shot being tipped over the bar before Martial and Rooney connected with a one-two, as the Frenchman’s low effort went wide.
Jonathan Parr was booked for a foul on Pereira before the scoring was finished off in stoppage time.
Bastian Schweinsteiger, who barely misplaced a pass all evening, found Memphis, who controlled the ball via his chest into the path of Martial, who slotted into the bottom corner to the keeper’s left.
Full-time came with a job well done, in what was the first of three consecutive home games for Louis van Gaal’s side.
Sunderland arrive on Saturday afternoon for a Premier League fixture, before German outfit Wolfsburg will be the visitors this time next week in the Champions League.
A night to remember for Pereira in particular, and United will face Middlesbrough at home in the next round, in the week commencing October 26.
Manchester United: De Gea; Valencia, Smalling (Jones 70), Blind, Young; Herrera, Schweinsteiger, Mata (Martial 70), Fellaini, Pereira, Rooney (Memphis 81).
Subs: Romero, Jones, Darmian, Carrick, Schneiderlin, Memphis, Martial.
Manager: Louis van Gaal
Ipswich: Bialkowski; Emmanuel, Yorweth, Malarczyk, Parr; Coke, Bru, Tabb (Toure 75), Oar; Murphy (Pitman 61), McGoldrick (Sears 61).
Subs: Crowe, Kenlock, Chambers, Maitland-Niles, Toure, Pitman, Sears.
Manager: Mick McCarthy