As if their season hadn’t been bad enough, things for Jose Mourinho and Manchester United went from bad to worst as the club was eliminated from the English Football League Cup (now Carabao Cup) by Debry County. It all started well as the Red Devils were looking to put the past drama behind them with Martial giving them an early lead. However, once the Rams started to attack, Mou’s men simply had no answer and looked abysmal in defense.
Derby County, now managed by Chelsea’s legend Frank Lampard, leveled the score midway in the second half. United’s backup goalkeeper Sergio Romero was given a straight red in the 68 minute, and the Rams took advantage in the final minutes of the game taking a 1-2 lead. Despite that, the Red Devils showed some guts with Fellaini snatching an equalizer in the 90th minute only for the game to go in Extra Time where neither side could muster a goal.
It end, it went to penalties and both sides scored on their first seven attempts. The man who decided the affair was United’s central defender Phil Jones who missed from the spot after taking a rather weak pen into the lower-left corner of the keeper.
This elimination at the hands of a subpar opponent would heap further pressure on Mourinho. Albeit the fact that he is denying any rift with the management and pledging that it’s all good at Old Trafford, it looks like his days are numbered. The only reason why he hasn’t been shown the door already is his hefty contract release clause, but at some point Woodwork will decide enough is enough and it’s not like United haven’t wasted millions of dollars before. What’s particularly bad about this defeat was that Mourinho opted to field a strong side instead of going for youth players, which could have now used as an excuse as he so often does. The “Special One” opted for a number of starters in the likes of Lukaku, Mata, Lingaard, Martial, Bailly, Jones, Ashley Young.
An interesting fact here is that Man of the match was Liverpool’s youth player Harry Wilson who scored a sensational free kick and then “earned” Romero a red card for handling the ball outside the box.