Manchester United are out of the Carabao Cup after being beaten 8-7 on penalties by Championship side Derby County. The game went straight to a shootout after finishing 2-2 in normal time and it was Phil Jones’ faulty spot-kick that ensured Frank Lampard got one over on his former boss Jose Mourinho as the problems at United pile up and up.
Earlier, goals from Harry Wilson and Jack Marriott had seemingly put the Rams on course for a 2-1 win after Juan Mata gave the Red Devils an early lead. But Marouane Fellaini’s stoppage-time header appeared to have spared Mourinho’s blushes. It was all in vein as Derby came again to earn the famous victory via a nail-biting shootout.
United’s build up to the third round tie was disrupted by reports of another training ground bust-up between Mourinho and record signing Paul Pogba, where the Portuguese apparently announced the midfielder would never captain the team again. However, the hosts came racing out the blocks and took the lead inside three minutes when Mata slotted the ball home after brilliant work by Anthony Martial.
Derby were not too discouraged however, and were nearly level almost instantly when Mason Mount’s teasing through ball was met by Mason Bennett who shot straight at Sergio Romero from point-blank range. Romelu Lukaku was then guilty of missing a couple of really good chances as United went into the break a goal to the good.
Lampard’s side controlled the tempo of the game in the second-half and should have equalised on 52 minutes but Wilson was unable to properly get the ball out of his feet. Wilson’s next strike was sweet as anything, however. The forward, on loan from United’s fierce rivals Liverpool, scored a wonderful 30-yard free-kick as the ball swerved brilliantly beyond Romero’s reach – a goal that satisfied many Liverpool fans.
Things got from bad to worse for the Premier League side when Romero was sent off for handling the ball outside the box as a Carabao Cup giant killing looked more likely. And it got even better for Derby when Marriott headed the ball in after Mount forced a good save from Romero’s replacement Lee Grant.
But Marouane Fellaini, so often the emergency package Mourinho deploys when United need a goal got an equaliser in stoppage time when he powerfully headed Diogo Dalot’s inviting cross to take the game to penalties. Both sets of players showed great composure from the spot until Scott Carson saved Jones’ kick from twelve yards to give the Rams a spot in the next round.