The losing trend is finally over.
Even though it was "only" Northampton in the league cup, the 3-1-win for United tonight was important.
Zlatan came on at 1-1 and even though he wasn't involved in the two goals, his presence had a big impact.
– It was good for the team to win, Zlatan said after the game.
UNITED FAILED TO DOMINATE IN THE FIRST
Just like in last week's Europa League-game José Mourinho rotated several players in the starting eleven. Michael Carrick came into the midfield and he scored the nice opening goal in the 18th minute. Daley Blind then fouled a Northampton-player in the box just before halftime and Revell equalized on the penalty in the 42nd minute. 1-1 at halftime.
SUBSTITUTIONS CHANGED THE GAME
Manchester United were the better team but not enough so in the 55th minute José Mourinho took off three (!) players and put on Zlatan, Rashford and Fellaini. That changed the dynamics on the pitch. Ander Herrera shot 2-1 in the 68th minute with a great wrist shot and then wonderkid Rashford made it 3-1 in the 75th minute, another debut goal for the 18-year-old. That became the final result, Man Utd finally won after three straight losses and advanced to the Round of 32, where rival Man City now awaits.