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EFL Cup update: Man Utd defeat Swans

Manchester United win 2-0 Swansea City in Carabao Cup

Match Report
EFL Cup Swansea City 0-2 Manchester United
October 24, 2017, Liberty Stadium
Manchester United goal: Jesse Lingard 21, Jesse Lingard 59

Manchester United advance to the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup, consigning Swansea City to their fifth defeat in six games. Manchester United, EFL Cup holders, traveled to battle and defeat Swansea City 2-0 in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday at Liberty Stadium. Previously, Red Devils manager José Mourinho’s side beat Burton of the Championship 4-1 at Old Trafford to secure their place in the draw resulting in their Last 16 clash with the Swans. The win was a solid response to Manchester United’s disappointing performance at Huddersfield and Swansea were limited to only a few chances, with Sergio Romero rarely called into action, but he did make a great injury-time stop to deny Leroy Fer. At 21 minutes Manchester United’s Ander Herrera sent an incisive, defence-splitting killer pass that carved open the Swansea defence through the middle. Then United striker Marcus Rashford got a flick, sending Lingard in behind one on one with Nordfeldt to put the ball in by the right upright. Jesse Lingard opened the scoring slotting the ball past Kristofer Nordfeldt into the bottom right-hand corner.

At half-time, the score remained Swans 0-1, with Manchester United’s second string easly outplaying Swansea in a very dull match for fans. The Jesse Lingard goal in the first half was one of very few exciting moments before a subdued crowd in the opening 45 minutes. Swansea’s woes at the Liberty Stadium continue. At 58 minutes, Jesse Lingard doubled Manchester United’s lead with an amazing header to brighten up the second half with a wonderful goal. Lingard ran on to a Darmian cross from the right, from just inside the Swansea penalty area. In a class act, Lingard steered a powerful long distance header past Kristoffer Nordfeldt and inside the left upright. His delight at scoring the insurance goal showed. Lingard tried for a third to complete a hat-trick in the closing stages but missed. Keen for a third goal, Lingard drove an effort from range, but it was right at Nordfeldt and he saved comfortably. Man United is satisfied with the two goals and a place in the next round of the EFL Cup competition. Manchester United made a double-substitution at 66 minutes with Ander Herrera and Marcus Rashford off, and Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic on. Swansea took off Roque Mesa off after a very disappointing effort, and sent Leroy Fer on.

Going into this match, former Everton star-striker Romelu Lukaku has failed to score in each of his last three club appearances in all competitions, after getting off to an amazing start by scoring in 9 of his first 10 competitive appearances for Manchester United in all competitions, Lukaku is yet to find the net in October drawing blanks against Liverpool, Benfica, Huddersfield and now the Swans.

Other EFL Cup News

Chelsea, 5-1 winners against Nottingham Forest, played Everton at Stamford Bridge after they defeated Sunderland 3-0. Tottenham Hotspur hosted West Ham at Wembley Stadium in London and Manchester City hosted Championship side Wolves. Arsenal hosted Championship team Norwich at the Emirates. Crystal Palace traveled to play Bristol City, Leicester City hosted Leeds, and Bournemouth hosted Middlesbrough. The fourth-round draw took place in West London for the ties taking place during the week beginning on 23 October.

EFL Cup Fourth-Round Fixtures

Swansea City v Manchester United
Arsenal v Norwich City
Bournemouth v Middlesbrough
Bristol City v Crystal Palace
Chelsea v Everton
Leicester City v Leeds United
Manchester City v Wolverhampton
Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United

Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United side bounced back from defeat at Huddersfield with an EFL Cup victory at Swansea. Paul Clement’s Swansea City side was hoping to be lucky against Man United, who have lost five of their last six away trips to top-flight opposition in the League Cup – instead Clement’s side were unlucky or maybe just outclassed.   To date, Manchester United have won four of their last five meetings with Swansea including a 4-0 away Premier League win back in August. Manchester United went into the match firm favorites this time around. Swansea beat Manchester United three times in a row in all competitions between August 2014 and August 2015 - twice in the Premier League and once in the FA Cup. Only 1 of the 20 previous games between the Swans and Manchester United has come in a cup competition. Swansea won 2-1 at Old Trafford in an FA Cup 3rd round tie in January 2014 with goals from Wayne Routledge and Wilfried Bony. United won the same fixture 2-0 just one week later in the Premier League. Then in August, Swansea won 2-1 at Old Trafford again in new Man United’s manager Louis van Gaal’s first competitive match in charge of the Red Devils. Last season, Swansea were knocked out in the third round of the EFL Cup, losing 2-1 at home against Manchester City. Swansea have scored just four goals in five home games so far this season. Jordan Ayew and Alfie Mawson were the scorers in the Swans 2-0 win at Reading in the previous round.

Squads

Swansea City
Nordfeldt, Rangel, van der Hoorn, Mawson, Olsson, Ki, Roque, Clucas, Routledge, Ayew, McBurnie. Subs: Fer, Abraham, Narsingh, Mulder, Naughton, Fernandez, Fulton. 

Manchester United
Romero, Darmian, Lindelof, Smalling, Blind, Tuanzebe, Ander Herrera, Lingard, McTominay, Martial, Rashford. Subs: Jones, Mata, Lukaku, Mkhitaryan, Shaw, Matic, Joel Pereira. 
Referee: Robert Madley (West Yorkshire)

EFL Cup – Carabao Cup Quarter-final Draw

The Carabao Cup fifth-round draw will be streamed exclusively live on Twitter, as reported by the English Football League. The draw will take place at 4pm on Thursday, October 26. The draw will be held at Twitter’s UK headquarters in central London and the quarter-final fixtures will take place during the week beginning December 18, with the Cara Cup Final scheduled for Wembley Stadium on February 25.

EFL Cup – Carabao Cup tickets

The EFL Cup, also known as the Carabao Cup, is an annual knockout football competition in men's professional domestic English football. Ninety-two clubs compete, with Liverpool holding the most titles after 8 victories. The EFL Cup serves as a qualifier for the UEFA Europa League. Manchester United are the current holders after winning their 5th title in 2016-17. Buy EFL Cup - Carabao Cup tickets at great prices for upcoming games from LiveFootballTickets.com!

Manchester United enjoyed their win today after tasting defeat for the first time this season after a weak display in Yorkshire. As a result, Red Devil’s manager Jose Mourinho tore into his players afterwards. Going into Saturday’s Premier League clash with rivals Tottenham Hotspur at the Theatre of Dreams, Mourinho has warned certain members of his squad they will be dropped if they don’t improve their levels. A win would see United re-establish a three-point lead ahead of third-placed Tottenham. The Reds will find out their Carabao Cup quarter-final opponents on Thursday. Coming up on October 28th England Premier League giant club Manchester United will host Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford Stadium in a not-to-be-missed match between the arch-rivals for the EPL crown. Buy Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur Tickets! Then on November 5th, Premier League holders Chelsea host Man Utd at Stamford Bridge in London. Buy Chelsea v Manchester United Tickets securely online now from the world’s top football tickets marketplace, LiveFootballTickets.com! On December 2nd Arsenal host Man United at Emirates Stadium in London. Buy great, authentic, legal Arsenal v Manchester United Tickets even at the last minute. Man United host cross-town arch rivals and noisy neighbors Manchester City in what may be the best Manchester Derby ever on December 10 at Old Trafford! Buy Manchester Derby Tickets from livefootballtickets.com. Swansea City next travel to the Emirates in London to play mighty Arsenal on October 28. Buy Arsenal v Swansea City Tickets from LiveFootballTickets.com.