Match review : EFL cup semi final second leg Hull city vs Manchester United

United would consider themselves lucky to have escaped a disaster and came dangerously close to one. Visiting with a 2-0 lead from the first leg, the task seemed an easy one for United. Maintain the lead, defend well, don’t lose the ball, no silly fouls in dangerous areas and that’s it. Job done, happy days. 
However United decided to make life difficult for themselves with some questionable defending from the centre back paring of Smalling and Jones. Taking the lead with a rather soft penalty decision, Hull city looked like they were in the mood to make life difficult for United and they did. However, after some neat skill by Rashford on the left flank and a cool finish by Pogba, United reinstated their two goal lead. Post that he match was pretty much dominated by United who held the ball for the majority of the time. 
Hull however weren’t done yet and after some sublime passing, scored again to regain the lead on the night. After the last few minutes of “squeaky bum time” United managed to hold on to the slender aggregate of 3-2 and emerged victorious in the semi final clash which will be played at the Wembley on 26th February. With this, United’s 17 game unbeaten run comes to an end. The manager and players looked visibly upset with the performance and showed no joy in reaching the final of the EFL cup and setting up a chance to be one step closer to winning some silverware. 
I won’t have any problems but we were severely lacking in quality today. Again De Gea kept us in the game and the back four looked uncomfortable on the ball. The midfield too was lacking confidence with Herrera being ineffective and Pogba being uncharacteristically invisible for large parts of the game. Rashford was probably our best player for the night and linked up well with Zlatan up top. 
United need to step up their game a bit and need to attack with purpose. This lacklustre performance will not do us any good at all. Although there are various signs of improvement under manager Jose Mourinho, we still have a lot of work that needs doing. However, I have no doubt that we will get there soon enough. We will once again become the team to beat. 


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