No wealth of nations for Adam Smith as MUFC beat Cobblers


Third goal
By Chris
September 22 2016

Jose Mourinho's Manchester United halted a three-match losing streak, securing safe passafe to the fourth round of the League Cup with a 3-1 victory at Northampton Town, to the delight of 944 away supporters. It was a night to forget, however, for the home side's well-rated stopper, Adam Smith.

Had this game come prior to United's losing streak, the media would have spoken of a ground-out United win, against a spirited, brave Northampton side.

After the losing run, however, the intense scrutiny instead focussed on the weaknesses of United's performance, with Wayne Rooney increasingly the target for such wrath.

In truth, whilst not a vintage display, United averted a potential banana skin with an ultimately comfortable win, against a Cobblers side who had already claimed two scalps of opposition in higher leagues this season.

United had well-regarded Town goalkeeper Smith to thank for two of the three goals, in a bitterly disappointing evening for the player's growing reputation. He collected a back pass shortly after the quarter-hour mark, needlessly giving a free-kick away. Rooney's resulting set-piece was blocked, before Carrick fired home the opener.

Nevertheless, having lost only twice in 11 outings prior to Wednesday evening's game, the home side were not to be deterred. Daley Blind fouled Sam Hoskins, to give Northampton the chance from twelve yards, and Alex Revell duly obliged.

Ander Herrera put United back ahead with a fine finish with 22 minutes to go, before Smith's misery was compounded. He misjudged a straightforward clearance, meaning Marcus Rashford marked his League Cup debut with a critical third goal for the Red Devils.

Full Time - Northampton Town 1-3 Manchester United
Attendance - 7,798 (944 away)

pqs: qs:
No wealth of nations for Adam Smith as MUFC beat Cobblers
Posted by: manutdweb.com (IP Logged)
Date: 22/09/2016 20:34

What do you think? You can have your say by posting below.
If you do not already have an account Click here to Register.

We record all IP addresses on the Sportnetwork message boards which may be required by the authorities in case of defamatory or abusive comment. We seek to monitor the Message Boards at regular intervals. We do not associate Sportnetwork with any of the comments and do not take responsibility for any statements or opinions expressed on the Message Boards. If you have any cause for concern over any material posted here please let us know as soon as possible by e-mailing abuse@sportnetwork.net