Mourinho May Want It Scrapped But United, City And Chelsea Are Taking The Carabao Cup Quite Seriously

Posted: September 21, 2017 in Arsenal, Carabao Cup, Chelsea, European Football, Football, Manchester City, Manchester United, Opinion
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Manchester United began their defence of the Carabao Cup in some style. Whilst they have never actually won the cup under it’s current sponsorship, they did win it last time when it was the plain old EFL Cup.

An easy 4-1 win at Old Trafford over a poor Burton Albion side meant that José Mourinho and his team progress and will now meet Swansea City in Wales in the next round.

A couple of crackers from Marcus Rashford, a well taken goal from Anthony Martial and a deflected fluke from Jesse Lingard did the trick even if some pathetic defending from the goalkeeper, Lindelof and Smalling, gifted a consolation to Burton.

After the match, Mourinho, as is usual, spoke with forked tongue. He intimated that the Carabao Cup should be scrapped as it would give English teams playing in Europe a better chance of winning.

He should really save these remarks for an occasion when he is making them from a position of strength and can back up his statements.

For example, had United not won the Europa League last season, then he could have blamed it on too many games and suggested that the League Cup be binned.

Also, if he did not put so much effort into trying to win the Carabao Cup, his words would carry more weight. Why, for example, did he play such a strong team against Burton Albion? The only concession he made to youth was to bring on Joel Pereira and Scott McTominay when the game was well and truly safely won.

So although Mourinho doesn’t like the League Cup in whatever guise and wants it scrapped, he doesn’t hate it enough to not want to win it!

Chelsea had a stroll in the park against Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge. Like Romelu Lukaku at United, Álvaro Morata was rested as he must be completely shot now that his minutes on the pitch number more than a hundred.

Michy Batshuayi replaced him and scored a hat-trick, alleviating any fears that Chelsea were becoming over-reliant on the Spaniard for their goals.

Social media whiz and Chelsea PR man Kenedy scored their first and the other goal was scored by Charly Musonda. So three players, all of whom are unlikely to be in the team on Saturday, had a decent run-out and proved that they are ready if needed.

All in all, if Brian Clough was looking down on the night’s proceedings, he wouldn’t have been too pleased with what he saw. On the thirteenth anniversary of his death, his old team got shellacked 5-1 by Chelsea and his son’s team were beaten 4-1 by United!

Manchester City made their now customary away trip in a cup competition. This time they were drawn against West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns.

A decent first half saw them go in winning 1-0 thanks to Leroy Sané. This was followed by a poor second half where they could easily have ended up losing the game had the home team taken any of their numerous chances. As it was, they only took one of them for the equaliser and it wasn’t too long before Sané made them pay again for their profligacy.

So the three favourites for the competition are through and United will now face Swansea away, Chelsea play Everton at Stamford Bridge and City have finally been rewarded with a long-awaited home draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

As a footnote, Arsenal, under the guidance of stubborn old man, managed a 1-0 win at The Emirates against Doncaster Rovers. Having struggled immensely against the League One team, they now face almost certain elimination when they play Norwich City, who are in the Championship, at home in the next round. So goodbye Arsenal!

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