Carabao Cup Third Round
Manchester United vs. Burton Albion
Venue: Old Trafford
Date: Wednesday, 20 September 2017
Kick-off: 20:00 BST
Manchester United eased into the Carabao Cup fourth round with a 4-1 victory over Burton Albion at Old Trafford.
Marcus Rashford’s brace, Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial sent the holders through after nine changes were made to the starting line-up.
Lloyd Dyer did grab a consolation late on but it came too late for the Midlanders in what was another convincing performance from the hosts.
Visiting captain Luke Varney saw a shot held early on before the opening goal arrived within the opening five minutes.
Michael Carrick’s forward pass into the box was touched on by Lingard, with Rashford reacting quickest to dink the ball past Connor Ripley.
Lingard himself saw a shot blocked after Ander Herrera’s through ball as Jamie Allen curled just over at the other end.
Martial, cutting inside as he so often does, saw a shot held before the lead was doubled 10 minutes later.
Forward from the back, Daley Blind played a pass in-field to Rashford who took one touch to set as he allowed the ball to run across him, before firing an effort which found the back of the net via the inside of the post.
Martial’s square pass to Juan Mata saw the latter’s shot held, Rashford had a cross cleared before Mata’s slipped pass to Martial led to Ripley producing a fine save before gathering Rashford’s headed rebound.
Another warning from the visitors arrived when Sergio Romero denied Joe Mason’s chipped effort with the ricochet fortunately falling behind.
United cranked up the pressure once more with a flurry of chances that saw Martial’s cross cleared, Mata strike the post and Matteo Darmian’s cross meeting the acrobatic attempt of Martial only for Tom Flanagan to block behind.
Mata saw another shot saved before Martial’s skill allowed Lingard to get a shot away which wrong-footed Ripley for 3-0.
Allen and Matty Lund were both off target late in the first half before the break arrived at Old Trafford.
Hope Akpan headed wide from Matt Palmer’s deep free-kick once the interval had passed before more mesmerising skill from Martial ended with Ripley’s low save to thwart the Frenchman.
Deserving of his goal, Martial was rewarded moments later, as Rashford’s slipped through ball allowed Martial to slot a finish in front of the Stretford End.
Another header from Akpan saw him head over from Lund’s right wing cross in a quiet half compared to that of the first.
From the angle, Martial’s left-footed effort flashed wide under pressure and Dyer fired over late on.
Looking for his second, Martial’s direct free-kick brushed past the post as Dyer blasted home in stoppage time for Burton’s consolation after a mix-up under the crossbar by United.
With fringe players receiving run outs, key players rested and goals aplenty once more, it was job done for Jose Mourinho and his side.
Two tricky away tests now await, starting with a trip to Southampton at 3pm on Saturday in the Premier League.
This time next week, Moscow will be the location for a Champions League group fixture as CSKA welcome United.
Manchester United: Romero (Pereira 78); Darmian, Lindelof, Smalling, Blind; Carrick, Herrera; Lingard, Mata (Shaw 46), Martial; Rashford (McTominay 64).
Subs not used: Jones, Young, Fellaini, Lukaku.
Manager: Jose Mourinho
Burton Albion: Ripley; Flanagan, Naylor, Turner (Warnock 46); Lund, Allen (Murphy 46), Akpan (Akins 78), Palmer, Dyer; Varney, Mason.
Subs not used: Campbell, McFadzean, Scannell, Sordell.
Manager: Nigel Clough