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Carabao Cup | Brighton 0-3 Manchester United: Mata and Pogba score as Ole’s men secure a place in the quarter finals

Manchester United secure a place in the top 8 of the Carabao Cup with all goals coming from McTominay, Mata and Pogba. United have now defeated Brighton 2 times in a row by winning both of their encounters faced against Brighton. In their previous encounter against Brighton, United scored a last minute winner by scoring a penalty.

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Both the teams entered the pitch with a changed squad in hopes to try something new. Mata was given the captaincy duty and at the same time Bailly covered the whole defence with some excellent level of performance.

McTominay scored a brilliant header scoring the 1st goal of the game which was wonderfully assisted by Mata. In the second half, Trossard & Maupay were introduced to the field in order to open up the score for Brighton. Soon after that Manchester United made a double substitution by bringing Rashford & Pogba in place of Ighalo & James. James didn’t have his best day and was unable to play it his level best. United scored a 2nd one which was amazingly assisted by Van de Beek with a back heal pass which was placed into the goal by Mata.

Scott McTominay Manchester United Carabao Cup
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Pogba made it 3-0 in 80 minutes by scoring an excellent free kick that was deflected through the wall and went straight into the net.

Key Takeaways from the game:

1# Mata makes the difference

Mata played a perfect captain’s performance. Firstly he provided an assist to set up McTominay’s goal. He then scored a goal by himself by placing the ball from between the legs of the defender and straightaway into the goal. He is now involved in 13 goals in his last 15 starts for United. He was awarded the man of the match last night for his amazing performance.

2# Bailly is a furious performer

Bailly played a key role in the game by making some excellent clearances & tackles. In his pace was extraordinary to watch out. There were some mistakes made by Lindelof but Bailly covered the whole defense area to prevent Brighton from scoring. Bailly prevented both the main strikers of Brighton i.e. Maupay and Trossard from scoring by blocking the incoming shots.

3# Different players, same outcome

Both the team made some changes to their squad by making certain changes to the playing 11 different from their previous encounter. The overall outcome was that united won it the 2nd time even with the changed squads.

4# First one for Pogba

Pogba made a difference in the game by scoring an amazing free kick and the first goal for him after a long time. With the free kick goal, Pogba has now scored 33rd goal in all competitions for United.

Manchester United make their way to the quarter finals of Carabao Cup by knocking Brighton out of the cup run.

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