Sorry United crash out to pile pressure on Mourinho
Manchester United 2 Derby County 2
Up in the seats where the non-playing members of Jose Mourinho's squad mess about with their phones while keeping an eye on the game, Paul Pogba probably reflected that after the day he had just been through, this was one humiliation he was happy to miss.
Having been to war with one of his high-profile names during the day, Mourinho was dumped out the Carabao Cup in the evening by his old midfield golden boy Frank Lampard in another dismal day for Manchester United.
They were beaten by a Championship club, who not only came to Old Trafford with young hungry players, and dedicated old Football League warriors, but played some ambitious passing football and deserved this penalty shoot-out win.
An equaliser from substitute Marouane Fellaini in the fourth minute of time added on at the end of the tie looked like it might have saved United - setting up a monumental penalty shoot-out in which the first 15 spot-kicks were scored. Then up stepped Phil Jones and the Derby goalkeeper Scot Carson finally got behind one to win the tie.
It just goes from bad to worse for Mourinho, who stripped Pogba of the captaincy earlier in the day and needed his side to respond to their manager's show of power. If this was their verdict on Mourinho then it is hard to tell what he does next. Beaten in Switzerland by Young Boys last week, a poor draw at home to Wolves on Saturday and now the kind of result that can shatter a club's confidence in their manager.
They conceded the second from substitute Jack Marriott when down to ten men, the consequence of Sergio Romero's monumentally daft handball on 67 minutes, but even so this third round Carabao Cup cock-up was already on the cards by then. The Liverpool loanee Harry Wilson had scored a marvellous free-kick to equalise, Derby showing how a progressive young team can play against much more famous opposition.
In the lead after three minutes through Juan Mata, United were a shambles at times after that. The penalty shoot-out that went to the third round of sudden death added some drama but Derby deserved to win.
Lampard had asked his Derby team to try to pass the ball and attack and although at times it was difficult for some of them, they were given the time to do so by United. In a midfield without Paul Pogba or Fred, who was on the bench, there was once again the space for the opposition to play and Derby did so at times and at half-time they were still in the cup tie.
That was in spite of United's goal with less than three minutes played, a move that was their best of the first half when Antony Martial went down the left and cut the ball back to Romelu Lukaku. From there it went from Jesse Lingard and on to Juan Mata on the right channel of the area who scored with a right-footed shot across Scott Carson.
Otherwise United by no means overran the team from the Championship and they had less of the ball in the first half. One goal ahead, United had another good chance when centre-half Richard Keogh miscontrolled the ball and Lukaku was in on goal. Keogh is a defender who prefers to keep things simple but he is trying to adapt to the new demands made of him and this was just one occasion when the ball would not stick.
Lukaku took it off him but by the time he reached the area and drew back a foot to shoot, the 20-year-old Chelsea loanee Fikayo Tomori had almost caught up with him.
In the other two loanees Mason Mount and Harry Wilson, as well as the 31-year-old Craig Bryson, Derby have players who are who are willing to take the ball and pass it and this game allowed them to do so. United's great quality should have told but they could not impose themselves before the break.
Wilson's goal was a wonderful hit, dipping under the bar from the right side with Romero barely moving other than to watch it sail past him. It was Wilson who later nudged a through ball past Romero and the goalkeeper instinctively reached out with a hand outside his area.
It meant that Lee Grant came on for his United debut, Mata being the man who had to make way. After two spell at Derby it was their fans who sang Grant's name rather than those of his own club. He made a good save from substitute Florian Jozefzoon and got a hand to Mount's shot that dropped for Marriott to head in. Fellaini got his head to Diogo Dalot's cross for the equaliser on 94 minutes and the game went to penalties, all of them going in until Jones took the fateful sixteenth. (© Daily Telegraph, London)