Match Rewind: United's best 2019/20 cup ties
Our first ‘Match Rewind’ of the week continues on the theme of Manchester United's 2019/20 campaign.
On Saturday, we streamed the Reds' 2-0 triumph over Manchester City from March, which you voted as our finest Premier League home win of the season so far.
Now, we’re asking you to choose from four victories we’ve managed in domestic cup competitions, with the winner once again being shown in full, for free, in our Official App and on the ManUtd.com homepage.
There’s plenty to choose from, with the Reds having enjoyed a run to the Carabao Cup semi-finals, before being narrowly beating by eventual winners Manchester City. We are still in Emirates FA Cup contention, of course, with a quarter-final trip to Norwich City set for whenever football is deemed safe to resume after the coronavirus pandemic.
So, without further ado, here are the four games you can choose from in our latest poll…
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CHELSEA 1-2 UNITED (CARABAO CUP)
Of course, our 4-0 demolition of the Blues in our first Premier League game of the season was one of the four matches nominated in our last Match Rewind poll. Even after that result, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side travelled to west London as outsiders for this fourth-round tie. Frank Lampard’s men were in the midst of a six-game winning run in the league, while the Reds had come out on top just twice on trips to Stamford Bridge since 2011.
Marcus Rashford’s early penalty, awarded for a foul on Daniel James, gave us hope of adding another win to that tally, but the home side rallied in the second half and deservedly equalised through Michy Batshuayi. Fingernails were being bitten to the quick as the Blues sensed blood, until we won a free-kick 30 yards out from Willy Caballero’s goal. To the United fans amassed in the Shed End, Rashford must have looked like he was in Surrey when he started his run-up. But our no.10 struck the ball right in the sweet spot, and it flew like a missile into the far reaches of the Argentinian’s net. Progress secured, Goal-of-the-Season credentials laid out on the table.
UNITED 3-0 COLCHESTER (CARABAO CUP)
Our reward for seeing off Chelsea was a home tie against League Two club Colchester United in the quarter-final. Old Trafford was expecting a comfortable win over the lowest-ranked side left in the competition, but the scores were level at half-time thanks to a combination of brave U’s defending and wasteful finishing by the Reds. The tie, though, turned around in 10 second-half minutes and it was Rashford who proved the difference-maker again.
The Academy graduate was released by Nemanja Matic’s through-ball and he cut inside before slotting home to relieve any concerns of a cup upset. Colchester's Ryan Jackson then sent Mason Greenwood’s cross into the back of his own net with Rashford poised to sweep home what would have been his second goal, and Anthony Martial made it three from our no.10's tee-up for an experienced United side, who were through to a last-four showdown with City.
TRANMERE 0-6 UNITED (FA CUP)
This FA Cup tie at Prenton Park in late January had banana skin written all over it for the Reds, who were reeling after consecutive Premier League defeats to Liverpool and Burnley and missing Marcus Rashford, injured during the third-round replay win over Wolves. To add to the sense of an impending shock, Rovers’ pitch was more akin to a battlefield than a playing field, with their own third-round victory over top-flight Watford coming on the same rain-sodden turf just three days earlier.
Rovers started well and threatened to score several times in the early 10 minutes. But, if travelling Reds expected an uncomfortable afternoon, Harry Maguire and Diogo Dalot produced rockets to break their United ducks, Jesse Lingard added a third goal and the game was effectively over as a contest within 16 minutes. Another rare scorer, Phil Jones, stretched our lead further before efforts from Martial and Greenwood, as the Reds scored six for the first time since the Sir Alex Ferguson era, dramatically quashing any romantic notion of a Sunday shock.
DERBY 0-3 UNITED (FA CUP)
All the talk before our trip to Pride Park last month centred around Wayne Rooney. Our record goalscorer had recently returned to English football after 18 months in MLS, and, with seven top-flight sides having already booked their places in the quarter-final, surely narrative dictated that the club legend had to come back and haunt us, giving neutrals and cup magic fans something to delight in?
Wrong. Post-match in Derby, all the talk would be about a current United forward, in Odion Ighalo. The on-loan Nigerian had broken his Reds duck the previous Thursday, in the Europa League, but here he scored in each half – the first a dinked finish and the second a lethal roof-of-the-net drive after a rebound – to add to Luke Shaw’s skimmed opener and send Solskjaer’s side through to the last eight for the sixth season in a row.
HOW TO VOTE
Got a clear favourite from the above options? Simply visit our Match Rewind live blog to cast your vote.
The poll closes at 16:00 BST tomorrow (21 April) and we’ll show the winning game in full, and for free, via the Official App and ManUtd.com at 19:00 BST later that evening.
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