Manchester United can exact some quick-fire revenge on Unai Emery and Aston Villa tonight in the third round of the Carabao Cup. Soundly beaten by the Villa boss in his first game in charge only a few days ago, losing two on the spin to a side previously struggling would be unpalatable for Erik ten Hag.
While few would argue there have been signs of progress in the League under his watch, any trophy at all feels vitally important for United. It has been five long years since the club lifted silverware and although there are bigger prizes on offer than the League Cup, they cannot afford to be picky at this stage.
Still, Emery is renowned for his ability to master these kind of competitions and a meeting with Premier League opposition at this early stage is never ideal. Follow all of the action LIVE with Standard Sport’s dedicated match blog!
GOAL! Man United 3-2 Aston Villa | Bruno Fernandes ‘78
78:00 – Awful play from Villa at the back sees Garnacho rob Olsen’s poor back pass, he passes to Fernandes, who sees his shot deflected off Mings and past Olsen.
CHANCE FOR MAN UNITED!
71:00 – Maguire sees his header from a corner saved from Olsen.
GOAL! Man United 2-2 Aston Villa | Marcus Rashford ‘67
67:00 – Brilliant play from Rashford, who refuses to go down when tackled in the box and powers in a fine finish.
Who said this game was dull?!
GOAL! Man United 1-2 Aston Villa
61:00 – Sub Leon Bailey, who destroyed United only a few days ago, heads right into Dalot, who cannot do anything as the ball bounces off him and past Dubravka.
NOW this feels like a cup tie
51:00 – United have woken up!
Martial almost taps in from a Rashford ,cross.
GOAL! Man United 1-1 Aston Villa | Anthony Martial ‘49
49:00 – Where has this come from?!
Martial taps in from Fernandes’ cross as United go on the attack from kick-off.
GOAL! Man United 0-1 Aston Villa
48:00 – Ramsey wins the ball in his own half, breaks away from the chasing pack and frees Watkins, who finishses well and chips Dubravka.
United’s last game at Old Trafford before the World Cup
46:00 – Not exactly going off in style at the moment.
Here we go!
Surely it’s got to get better?