Carabao Cup: Man United Beat Rochdale On Penalties

A young Manchester United side needed penalties to beat neighbours Rochdale in the Carabao Cup third round on a tense night at Old Trafford.

Rochdale proved more difficult than the home side had anticipated until 17-year-old Mason Greenwood put United ahead with a low strike to take a one nil lead. That didn’t last though as eight minutes later 16-year-old Luke Matheson smashed home a famous equaliser.

Matheson, who became the youngest player in Rochdale’s history when he made his first-team debut 12 months ago, was mobbed by ecstatic team-mates.

United’s efforts to regain the lead was met with disappointment as League One Rochdale held on to force penalties.

Jimmy Keohane was the only player who failed to score in the shootout, with Sergio Romero saving his effort and United scoring all five efforts.

While the hosts, who had 31 shots during the 90 minutes, left the pitch rather sheepishly, Rochdale earned a standing ovation from the 5,500 travelling supporters.

United travel to Chelsea in the fourth round in the week commencing 28 October.

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