Former Manchester United academy player Max Taylor suffered heartbreak on his return to the Rochdale starting eleven last night.

Drawing 0-0 against Port Vale in the EFL Trophy heading into the 93rd minute, the game looked destined for penalties.

However, in the dying seconds a Port Vale cross into the area ricocheted off Taylor inside the six-yard box and rolled agonisingly over the line.

After being an unused substitute in the League Two side’s last two games, Taylor was making his first appearance since the 4-1 defeat in the Carabao Cup when striker Jay Rodriguez scored all four goals.

Max Taylor will bounce back

Burnley v Rochdale - Carabao Cup Third Round
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After his release from Manchester United at the end of June, Taylor had a trial spell with Slovenian side Maribor, before eventually signing for Rochdale.


Taylor had begun well for Rochdale, scoring in their 3-1 away win at Northampton Town in the fourth game of the season.

The young defender was then named in the League Two team of the week after his impressive display.

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He had played the full 90 minutes in all of Rochdale’s eight League Two fixtures prior to the clash against Sean Dyche’s side.

Taylor who in his young career has already recovered from cancer and got himself back into the United academy side will be eager to bounce back from his own goal.

He’ll be hoping to reclaim his place in Rochdale’s League Two starting line-up in Saturday’s clash against Crawley.

The move to Rochdale looks to have been the right decision by Taylor and he’ll be eager to kick on following last night’s mishap.

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