16-Year-Old Luke Matheson Scores Late Goal To Send Rochdale To Penalties At Old Trafford
Luke Matheson has helped cause a stunning upset at Old Trafford as Rochdale have forced Manchester United into penalties in their League Cup clash.
The Red Devils fielded a relatively strong starting XI and were unable to break the deadlock in the first half.
But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men took the lead in the second half thanks to United starlet Mason Greenwood, who found space on the right before cutting in and firing a low finish into the net.
Rochdale continued to fight back against United and pulled back an equaliser through Matheson.
The 16-year-old pounced on a looped ball near the back post and smashed it home to send the match into penalties.
Juan Mata stepped up first for United and buried the ball into the back of the net.
Calvin Andrew fired in Rochdale's first to level the scores, but Andreas
Pereira stepped up to score United's second of the shootout.
Jimmy Keohane had his penalty saved by Sergio Romero before Fred buried his attempt and put United 3-1 up on penalties.
Aaron Morley and Aaron Wilbraham both scored for Rochdale, but Greenwood and Daniel James both fired home from the spot-kick to secure a 5-3 victory for United on penalties.
Solskjaer has been under intense pressure after United's disappointing
start to the season.
And United fans were far from happy about the result and have flocked to Twitter to vent their frustrations.
Manchester United with a world cup winner in midfield can't even beat a third division English team in 90 minutes. That's pretty shocking. The new Liverpool
- ЕШАИ :flag_black: (@M_R3IDY_M) September 25, 2019
Worst United side ever forget 1974 they had more heart than this team. #ManUnited #MUNROC #shocking #embarrassing #joke
- Sam Wroe (@wroe_sam) September 25, 2019
Man United are SHOCKING
- Lachlan - TheTacticalBrit :flag_gb: (@TheTacticalBrit) September 25, 2019
Let's have it right, OGS was a shocking appointment by Man United. Nothing on his CV suggested he was good enough. Such a poor decision.
- Adam Darke (@adarkelimited) September 25, 2019
Absolutely pathetic performance from the United! I have no words to describe how I am feeling right now. Against a league 1 we couldn't break them. You can say whatever you want either bad form, low confidence but we should be putting 4 past these teams. It's shocking #MUFC
- Ash :flag_us: :flag_np::runner:♂️:bicyclist:♂️ (@assotmufc) September 25, 2019
Full-time result: Manchester United beat Rochdale 5-3 on penalties.
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