Erik ten Hag’s side beat League One side Charlton Athletic 3-0 at Old Trafford on Tuesday night to advance to the last-four.
Following Southampton’s shock 2-0 win against Manchester City, Ten Hag will be forgiven for thinking that the Carabao Cup now represents a perfect opportunity for him to win his trophy at the club, and for the Red Devils to lift our first piece of silverware since 2017.
United’s reward for seeing off the Addicks is a two-legged semi-final tie against Nottingham Forest while Southampton and Newcastle United make up the other semi-final.
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With Ten Hag opting to start Casemiro and Christian Eriksen on the bench against Dean Holden’s Charlton side, and with Bruno Fernandes suspended, Fred was handed his first start for the twenty-time league champions since the domestic season resumed after the World Cup.
No player from either side created as many chances as United’s number 17 (4), as per WhoScored.
The 29-year-old came agonisingly close to scoring his third goal of the season after his free-kick came back off the post.
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Fred will be hoping his impressive performance against Charlton sees him rewarded with his first Premier League start since October when United host Manchester City on Saturday.
Marcus Rashford came off the bench to continue his blistering run of form in front of goal.
Since club football resumed the 25-year-old has scored in all six of United’s post World Cup matches, and he has scored in eight consecutive home matches.
The 51-time England international’s brace against Charlton took his tally for the season to 15 goals which is three times as many has he scored for 2021-22 campaign.