Manchester United suffered a frustrating defeat at home to Derby County in the Carabao Cup last night. The Red Devils lost 8-7 on penalties after a 2-2 draw.
Jose Mourinho had picked a strong team, and chose not to rotate the side and bring in youngsters.
It didn’t pay off, with one path to silverware gone already.
It was a mixed night with a disappointing conclusion. United In Focus look at two positives and two negative performances from the match.
Marouane Fellaini – Eyebrows were raised when United re-signed Fellaini in the summer but he keeps popping up to prove his worth.
He offers a different outlet, and scored a trademark header to equalise in injury time and force penalties. In the shootout he scored his confidently.
Diogo Dalot – On just his second appearance for United, Dalot looked confident and appears to be an impressive buy.
His cross for Fellaini’s equaliser was inch perfect and showed a cool head and great technical ability at a decisive point in the game.
Fantastic cross from Dalot for the goal. He has been quality again #mufc
— United In Focus (@UnitedInFocus) September 25, 2018
Dalot went onto show nerves of steel to score a sudden death penalty on his competitive Old Trafford debut.
Romelu Lukaku – After Juan Mata’s early goal, United should have gone on to win comfortably. Lukaku had the chances to finish it in the first half and was wasteful.
He missed a one on one and then a header from close range, and just didn’t do enough to justify his huge price tag.
Admittedly he was unlucky when he hit the post in the second half. Still, it wasn’t good enough.
Phil Jones – Can Jones do anything right? At present it seems not.
He was already in supporters’ bad books after the FA Cup final. For many, his penalty shootout miss last night was the final straw.