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Lampard's Derby stun Man United

Published:Wednesday | September 26, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Manchester United’s Phil Jones (left) falls after a tackle by Derby County’s David Nugent during the English League Cup, third round match in Manchester, England yesterday.


The coaching apprentice got the better of his former master as Frank Lampard's Derby knocked Jose Mourinho's Manchester United out of the League Cup.

In a shootout after the game ended 2-2 yesterday, the teams scored 15 consecutive penalties before United defender Phil Jones' effort was saved by goalkeeper Scott Carson.

The 8-7 shootout loss to a second-tier team is another setback for Mourinho, with United already eight points behind leaders Liverpool after six games in the Premier League. The humbling came on the day United's annual accounts showed the wage bill rose 12 per cent to 295.9 million pounds ($390 million) in 2017-18 - almost 40 million pounds more than Manchester City, who won the league in May by finishing 19 points ahead of its second-placed neighbours.

City was Lampard's last English team after spending most of his career at Chelsea, where Mourinho had two spells as manager. The former England midfielder is only in his second month as a manager after being hired by Derby.

"I'm a bit shell-shocked in a good way, what a performance from the team," Lampard told broadcaster Sky Sports. "To have the personality to take penalties and perform the way they did. I'm just a proud manager."

The United manager wasn't.




Mourinho also chose yesterday to announce that United's most expensive player, Paul Pogba, had been stripped of the vice captaincy. Although Mourinho said there was "no fallout, no problems at all," the decision came after Pogba appeared to criticise United's style of play in a weekend draw with Wolverhampton when he called on the team to attack more.

Pogba watched from the stands as United took the lead against Derby in the third minute when Anthony Martial's cross from the left was helped on by Jesse Lingard to Juan Mata, who swept into the net. But Harry Wilson equalised with a free kick in the 59th and United's problems deepened when goalkeeper Romero was sent off in the 67th for handling outside the box.

Derby made the extra man count when Jack Marriott headed home from close range, a goal that was confirmed by a VAR review in the 85th. Marouane Fellaini came to United's rescue in the fifth minute of stoppage time with an equaliser.

There is no extra time in the competition, with the game going straight to the shootout that saw United eliminated from the third round of English football's second-tier knockout competition for the first time in 11 years.

"When I saw it going after the sixth, the seventh (penalty), I knew we were going to be in trouble with Jones," Mourinho said.

Selected results: Burton 2 Burnley 1; Oxford 0 Manchester City 3; Blackpool 2 Queen's Park 0; Bournemouth 3 Blackburn 2; Millwall 1 Fulham 3; West Brom 0 Crystal Palace 3. Wolves lost 1-3 on penalties to Leicester.