Manchester Untied have been kicked out of the League Cup by a lower division side for the second successive season.
Louis van Gaal made 9 changes to the team that played against Manchester City. Despite some very sketchy moments from Daley Blind, the game ended 0-0 after 90 minutes.
Extra time saw both teams attack and fail to capitalise on their chances. One of the biggest for United was Marouane Fellaini, who is often brought on for his height and presumed heading ability. This ability did come to fruition when he had a chance to win the game for United in extra time, but put the ball well over the net.
The game ended in Middlesbrough smashing United on penalties, 3-1, after Michael Carrick, Wayne Rooney and Ashley Young all missed or had their penalties saved.
MUTV questioned the Louis van Gaal on his takings from the cup failure:
Upset not to Progress
“We are very disappointed. We could have finished so many of our chances so easily, and we didn’t do it, so it’s very disappointing.”
“We have to solve this problem. Against Manchester City, we had more chances than City and we have to finish one of those chances.
“We didn’t create so much against City as we did today but we have to finish.
“A lot of players were in finishing circumstances and didn’t do it. Not one player but more players so that’s a little bit frustrating. But it’s like that and we have to continue.”
Out of luck, out of the cup
“Last year, we were out of this cup already, in the first match, 4-0 [lost to Milton Keynes Dons]. Now we are in the final 16 and we had to win. But, okay, we were not lucky. I have to say you have to force the luck.
“Against Manchester City, we were also not lucky but I cannot repeat that every week that we’re not lucky. You have to force the luck.”
“Of course, there were some players that have played a very good game. I have to admit that I’m very proud of that because it’s not an easy game against Middlesbrough.
“So I’m pleased with some of the performances of my players but I am also disappointed with some of my players. That’s the life of the manager.”
On to Selhurst Park
“Crystal Palace have also lost and had a difficult time tonight [they were beaten 5-1 by Manchester City]. In sport, we know you can lose but you have to continue, we shall continue and we shall win.”