The apprentice outsmarts the Master 

Frank Lampard’s Derby County beat Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United 7-8 on Penalties after a 2-2 result in normal time in the Carabao Cup. Manchester United failed to win for a third consecutive time at Old Trafford and Jose Mourinho has now been knocked out of the Carabao Cup at the hands of one of his own, Frank Lampard. Lampard took charge of Championship side Derby County this Season and in his Debut Season as a Manager has pulled off a major victory at Old Trafford.

Manchester United started the game well and scored the opener in the 3rd minute. It was Spaniard Juan Mata who put the hosts in front with a Lovely finish. Derby showed hunger and unlike most Championship teams did not sit back and defend, they continuously looked to attack but went into the break still trailing. The visitors’ efforts bore fruit in the 56th Minute when Liverpool loanee Harry Wilson equalized for Frank Lampard’s side with an absolutely stunning Free-Kick.  The Liverpool youngster didn’t wait for a second to pull out the famous “5 fingers” Celebration (To indicate that Liverpool has won 5 European Trophies) to taunt the United Fans.

Things got worse for Manchester United in the 67th Minute when Goalkeeper Sergio Romero was sent-off for a handball outside the penalty area. Derby County capitalized on United’s Vulnerabilities and struck in the 85th minute through Jack Mariott. It all seemed over for United till Marouane Fellaini snatched a last-gasp equalizer for the Red Devils that eventually took the game to Penalties.

Derby County scored all 8 of their spot-kicks but for Manchester United, it was English Centre-Back Phil Jones who faltered to give Frank Lampard’s men a historic win at Old Trafford and for Manchester United has reiterated the fact that something needs to change especially in the way the Club approach their Home games. 


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