Burton Albion

5 Things we learned from United 4-1 Burton Albion

Manchester United began the defence of their League Cup Championship with an impressive win against strugglers Burton Albion on Wednesday. United won 4-1 against Championship team, second-tier of English football, Burton Albion with a dominant display throughout the match. Marcus Rashford continued his spectacular start to the 2017/18 season with 2 goals in the first half as United rallied against Championship strugglers Burton Albion. Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial completed the scoring for the Red Devils as they marched into the fourth round of the League Cup. Llyod Dyer put one into the back of the net as a consolation goal for the visitors. Jose Mourinho made nine changes to the team that played against Everton on Sunday with Rashford starting as lone striker instead of Romelu Lukaku. Carrick, Herrera, Lingard and Martial all starting for the first team. Sergio Romero started as the goal-keeper. Here we discuss the five points we learned:

Rashford Revelling

In-spite of the absence of Lukaku, United never looked short of goals against Burton Albion. With five goals from as many games, Rashford is offering more food for thought for Mourinho and is enjoying a rich vein of form since the start of the season. With just 17 minutes gone, Rashford scored a double playing as the main man in front. With Lukaku present, he plays as a wide man on the left wing but enjoyed playing as the lone striker against Burton Albion.

Depth In Squad

Despite the fact that Jose Mourinho made nine changes to the team that played against Everton, United seemed to be in control throughout the match from the first minute. Ander Herrera and Micheal Carrick were utterly dominant in midfield. Though not being first choice midfield pair for Mourinho, they are eligible to make strong claim to start at Southampton. Chris Smalling showed great composure at the heart of defence for the Red Devils while Lindelof still has to improve. Both showed assuring performances in the match. Attacking trio of Martial, Rashford and Lingard were in complete control and flawless with the ball. All three found the back of the net against Burton Albion.

Shaw’s Return

The left-back made a long awaited return to the field after succumbing to an injury in April this year against Swansea. Luke Shaw’s career at United has been lurched from heartbreak to disaster since he arrived at Old Trafford for £27m from Southampton. Luke Shaw looked an assuring figure both in attack and defence as soon as he went on the field after the break. He almost scored a goal for the Reds immediately after coming on but was ruled offside. Shaw made two perfectly timed tackles at the edge of the box to stop a rare Burton Albion attack. Only 22, Shaw will be hoping for better days but still has much to prove to convince Mourinho of his career at United.

Martial: Assest for United

Manchester United beat Burton quite comfortably on Wednesday. All the players were brilliant especially Anthony Martial. He played with a sense of swagger and style against a team that was nowhere near his quality. He kept the fans at the edge of their seats all the time. Martial scored a goal and assisted one that saw him win the Man of the Match. The goal was inconsequential as what mattered was the moments that made the crowd skip. Martial has been in fine form since the start of the season with 4 goals in 7 matches in all competitions. Martial’s dazzling display against Burton Albion with all the dribbles and moments of magic will boost his confidence further and strengthen his place in the first team.

Lindelof Needs More Time To Adapt

Victor Lindelof has been unable to prove his price tag so far for the Red Devils. His play against Championship strugglers Burton Albion was far more good misjudging and missing balls at regular intervals. Hopefully, Lindelof will improve with time as players of his quality does but there is time to get back to his full stride at Old Trafford. He needs more time to adapt at United. This is just a rough adaptation period for him.
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Amiya Saha

Avid follower of Manchester United FC. Have blind faith on the Red Devils at any point. Waiting to see Manchester United bring back the Ferguson era. Has a dream to watch Manchester United play at Old Trafford live.

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