Manchester United are into the Carabao Cup quarter-finals after a 3-0 win over Brighton.

Scott McTominay, Juan Mata, and Paul Pogba were on the scoresheet for United.

Here is a look at five things we learned from the game…

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Juan Mata still has his set piece magic

Juan Mata has still got it. The Spaniard is not a regular starter for United, but when he plays, he delivers.

It was Mata’s free-kick which helped United break the deadlock to score just before half-time.

A perfectly judged cross found Scott McTominay unmarked, who headed the ball back across goal into the net.

He made the tie safe in the second half, scoring from open play after getting into a good position inside the box.

This is what United want from Mata in his role, to step up and use his quality to make a difference.

Brighton And Hove Albion v Manchester United - Carabao Cup Fourth Round
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United haven’t given up on Dalot… yet

Diogo Dalot made his first Manchester United start since June in this game, returning to the side at right-back.

This showed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is leaving the door open for Dalot if he ends up staying at the club when the transfer deadline passes.

Dalot did not have a particularly strong game, but there should not be a rush to judgement here, it was his first match in months.

He almost had an assist after an impressive cross which substitute Paul Pogba headed narrowly wide.

This could have been a game designed to get him in the shop window.

We will see on October 5 if he stays put at Old Trafford, but if he does stay, this game at least shows his manager has not given up on him.

Brighton And Hove Albion v Manchester United - Carabao Cup Fourth Round
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Another tough evening for Dan James

Dan James was given the opportunity to start this game on the left, his preferred role.

 

It did not make much difference. The Welshman’s form he showed a year ago has totally deserted him.

He was substituted off after 68 minutes, having touched the ball just 24 times, failing to create any chances.

This match once again highlighted how United need to sign an extra winger, or two.

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United need better than Ighalo

Striker Odion Ighalo is another player who just is not up to the standard United require right now.

Ighalo had a good early chance which he hit into the side netting and that was as close as he came.

He failed to register a shot on target in 68 minutes before being substituted off.

With Anthony Martial having a slow start, United need an alternative who can put some pressure on.

Ighalo has not scored since June and striker is a position which it once again looks like United need to address before the transfer deadline.

Brighton And Hove Albion v Manchester United - Carabao Cup Fourth Round
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United should now take the cup seriously

Wins over Luton Town and Brighton have now put United into the quarter-finals of the competition.

It will be time to stop messing around with rotated line ups and field full strength teams.

The semi finals have been reduced to just one leg this season, meaning United are just three games away from winning a trophy, already.

Winning silverware would mean so much to United right now, and the competition now has to be prioritised accordingly.

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