MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester United came from behind twice to beat Aston Villa 4-2 on Thursday and advance to the last 16 of the English League Cup, a day after several other top teams were eliminated. .
A sluggish opening 45 minutes came alive after the break with six goals in the second half. United forward Anthony Martial canceled out Ollie Watkins’ opener within seconds, then Marcus Rashford struck after Diego Delot had saved his goal for the visitors.
Bruno Fernandes put United ahead again in the 78th minute before Scott McTominay added a fourth in stoppage time, both goals set up by teenager Alejandro Garnacho after coming off the bench.
The result saw United get some revenge for Sunday’s 3-1 Premier League loss in Villa manager Uni Emery’s first game in charge. It also boosts the Ten Hag’s chances of winning a trophy in his first season in the United States, with Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham all eliminated on Wednesday.
Both managers made seven changes from Sunday, with Harry Maguire handed the captain’s armband for the United States while the first goal went to Martin Dubravka. On Sunday, captain Cristiano Ronaldo was not in the squad due to illness.
Neither side had a shot on target until stoppage time in the first half, when Fernandes tried to dislodge Robin Olsen with a deep free-kick.
But the game came to life after the break.
Villa first reprises his role as creator from Sunday with Jacob Ramsey. As United appealed in vain for a handball after Freed was brought down, Ramsey’s pass found the run of Watkins, who found the defense to beat Dubravka.
Villa were still celebrating as United hit back seconds later. Fernandes hit the offside net when he latched on to Delot’s long pass, then finished the ball with ease for Martial.
Emery changed the shape with a trio of substitutions as Amy Buendia, Leon Bailly and Tyrone Mings were sent on and it quickly paid off as Bailly helped Villa regain the lead after an hour.
Ashley Young’s cross was found at the Jamaican far post, and his header was unceremoniously headed past Dubravka by Dalut.
Ten Hague responded with a triple substitution of his own and United leveled five minutes later.
Rashford flicked the ball on to a new face, Christian Eriksen, and although the youngster raced to clear the ball, it rolled across the box for Rashford, who stayed on his feet under pressure from Mengs. than to pass Olson.
Garnacho’s introduction brought more excitement to Old Trafford as the 18-year-old showed no fear in running defenders.
And when Villa’s back four allowed his cross to reach Fernandes, Olsen did well to block his low shot before glancing Maguire’s header clear from the resulting corner.
Fernandes put a shot wide as the pressure mounted. Olsen responded by first hitting a cross, then deflected a clearance shot straight to Garnacho.
The youngster played the ball to Fernandes who took a touch before unleashing a shot that deflected off Meng on its way past the goalkeeper.
And Garnacho was once again the creator in stoppage time, looping in a cross from the left which McTominay stretched home at the far post.