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Manchester United (1) 3 - 0 (0) Ipswich Town

Capital One Cup 3rd Round 2015-16

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Referee: S Hooper (Wiltshire)

Manager: Louis vanGaal

Old Trafford 20:00

Attendance: 56607 (Town 4800)

Manager: Mick McCarthy

Match Number: 3620

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 Wayne Rooney (22)
 Andreas Pereira (59)
 Anthony Martial (90)
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Chris SmallingPhil Jones (70)
Juan MataAnthony Martial (70)
Wayne RooneyMemphis Depay (80)

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 Jonathan Parr (83)

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David deGea

Luis Valencia

Chris Smalling

Daley Blind

Ashley Young

Bastian Schweinsteiger

Ander Herrera

Juan Mata

Wayne Rooney

Andreas Pereira

Marouane Fellaini

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Sergio Romero

Phil Jones

Memphis Depay

Anthony Martial

Michael Carrick

Morgan Schneiderlin

Matteo Darmian

Match Report

Andreas Pereira seizes chance to shine

There was a time when Manchester United would use the Capital One Cup, in its many guises, to unleash the brightest stars of their youth team into the professional arena on almost annual basis, so Andreas Pereira is by no means the first Old Trafford youngster to steal the show in this competition.

But 23 years to the day since a teenage David Beckham announced himself to the world in a Coca-Cola Cup tie at Brighton, Pereira, the Belgium-born Brazilian, sealed United's progression into the fourth round of this competition with a free-kick which Beckham himself would have been proud of.

It has been a while since the United-League Cup production line churned out a good one, but Pereira's second-half goal - a dipping, curling set-piece from 20 yards which left Ipswich goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski rooted to the spot - merely embellished an eye-catching performance rather than define it.

Louis van Gaal's decision to send Adnan Januzaj on loan to Borussia Dortmund last month was due to his keenness to hand Pereira the chance to shine and, on his first real taste of the action, he took it.

And to further add to the feelgood factor of this comfortable victory, Wayne Rooney's first-half opener ended the United captain's five-month wait for a goal at Old Trafford.

Having suffered humiliation at the hands of MK Dons in his only previous involvement in the Capital One Cup last season - United were hammered 4-0 by the then-League One outfit in the second round at stadium:mk - Van Gaal's team selection made it abundantly clear that he was determined to avoid a similar experience against Ipswich.

Other than a first competitive start for Andreas Pereira, the 19-year-old Brazil Under-20 international, United's starting XI was packed with experience, from David de Gea in goal through to Rooney at centre-forward.

Ipswich, in contrast, were taking this tie far less seriously than the 4,500 supporters who had made the lengthy journey from Suffolk.

With Bristol City due at Portman Road for a Championship fixture on Saturday, manager Mick McCarthy chose to make eleven changes from the team which drew with Birmingham last Friday.

Wolves lost that, unsurprisingly, and Ipswich were quickly heading the same way on this occasion, with United's superior quality and power penning the visitors deep inside their own territory from the kick-off.

United were unfortunate not to be awarded a penalty as early as the ninth minute when the right arm of Giles Coke blocked Antonio Valencia's cross inside the Ipswich eighteen-yard box.

Referee Simon Hooper dismissed United's appeals, but television replays suggested that luck was on Coke's side.

With Pereira's energy on the left of the midfield injecting urgency into United's game, the home continued to press, but the opening goal ultimately came from a long pass from defence.

Daley Blind, whose contribution to Robin van Persie's stunning header for Holland against Brazil in last year's World Cup went largely unnoticed, teed up Rooney with a similarly accurate long ball on 23 minutes.

Rooney controlled the ball instantly, held off defender Piotr Malarczyk and sprinted clear of Josh Yorwerth before guiding a left-foot shot under goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski.

It was Rooney's first goal at Old Trafford since April and, although he has yet to score in the league this season, his finish was evidence of the clinical finishing he remains capable of.

A moment of carelessness by Marouane Fellaini almost gifted Ipswich a route back into the game within three minutes of the start of the second-half, however.

The Belgian's attempted pass to Valencia was lazy and half-hit, enabling Jay Tabb to intercept the ball and pass it to Coke, whose cross to the far post almost picked out striker David McGoldrick.

United survived that scare, but it infused Ipswich with belief and they enjoyed a brief period of pressure in their attacking third, which saw a Tabb volley blocked by Chris Smalling on 55 minutes.

The pressure only eased three minutes later, when United were able to escape their own half and test the Ipswich goal through Valencia, whose powerful 20-yard strike following good work by Bastian Schweinsteiger was fumbled by Bialkowski.

Moments later, Pereira put the game beyond McCarthy's team with his free-kick after Juan Mata had been fouled on the edge of the penalty area.

United then made it 3-0 in the final minute courtesy of Anthony Martial, who finished from cliose range after a pass from Depay.

Mark Ogden (Telegraph)

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