ENGLISH LEAGUE CUP

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TO­MOR­ROW Man United vs Le­ices­ter City Bournemouth vs Ever­ton Liver­pool vs Hull City Mid­dles­brough vs Tot­ten­ham Stoke City vs West Brom Sun­der­land vs Crys­tal Palace Swansea vs Man City Ar­se­nal vs Chelsea (12.30am Malaysian time)

SUN­DAY West Ham vs Southamp­ton

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man­ager Jose Mour­inho and his Manch­ester City ri­val Pep Guardi­ola were dealt an English Foot­ball League Cup ren­dezvous af­ter both teams came through their third-round ties yes­ter­day. United won 3-1 at third-tier Northamp­ton Town to ease some of the pres­sure build­ing on Mour­inho fol­low­ing three con­sec­u­tive de­feats, while hold­ers City pre­vailed 2-1 at Swansea City.

Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur were re­warded with a trip to Liver­pool af­ter crush­ing Gilling­ham 5-0 and West Ham United will face Chelsea af­ter scrap­ing past fourth-tier Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley.

“We de­served to win,” Mour­inho told Sky Sports af­ter goals from Michael Car­rick, An­der Her­rera and sub­sti­tute Mar­cus Rash­ford took his side into the fourth round.

Mour­inho, speak­ing be­fore the draw had been made, added: “It was dif­fi­cult, as I was ex­pect­ing, but we were to­tally in con­trol for the 35 min­utes and then for the last 45 min­utes.

“It was a dif­fi­cult match, but over­all a pos­i­tive per­for­mance.”

Mour­inho, who felt that Northamp­ton’s Jak McCourt should have been sent off for a rash chal­lenge on Mem­phis De­pay, did not at­tend his post-match press con­fer­ence.

United’s vic­tory was a wel­come tonic for Manch­ester United’s Wayne Rooney (left) and Mar­cos Rojo (top) vie for the ball with Northamp­ton Town’s Sam Hoskins in the EFL Cup third round at Six­fifi elds Sta­dium yes­ter­day. – REUTERSPIX Mour­inho and his team fol­low­ing con­sec­u­tive losses to Manch­ester City, Feyeno­ord and Wat­ford. He made nine changes to the side beaten 3-1 at Wat­ford on Sun­day, with Chris Smalling and cap­tain Wayne Rooney the only play­ers to keep their places.

Rooney started up front, for the first time since last sea­son, and squan­dered an early op­por­tu­nity by mis­cu­ing from Ash­ley Young’s cross.

United went ahead in the 17th minute af­ter Northamp­ton goal­keeper Adam Smith was pe­nalised for pick­ing up a back-pass.

Rooney’s shot from the en­su­ing free­kick hit the wall, but Car­rick swept the re­bound into the top-left cor­ner from the edge of the box. Rooney then saw a goal ruled out for off­side, but Northamp­ton gave United a scare when Kenji Gorre clipped the bar in the 38th minute and within four min­utes the home side were level.

Af­ter Mar­cos Rojo, Ti­mothy Fosu-Men­sah and Mor­gan Sch­nei­der­lin all spurned chances to clear, Da­ley Blind tripped Sam Hoskins and Alex Rev­ell stroked the re­sult­ing penalty past Ser­gio Romero.

Mour­inho waited only 10 min­utes in the sec­ond half be­fore turn­ing to the bench, with Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic and Rash­ford re­plac­ing Fosu-Men­sah and De­pay.

Her­rera gave Northamp­ton a warn­ing with a left-foot shot that struck the post and in the 68th minute he re­stored United’s lead, slam­ming home right-footed from Rash­ford’s lay­off.

An­other Smith er­ror al­lowed United to seal vic­tory, the goal­keeper hes­i­tat­ing as a long ball bounced to­wards him, which al­lowed Rash­ford to steal in and lash the ball into the va­cant goal.

Premier League pace-set­ters Manch­ester City made it nine wins from nine games un­der Guardi­ola with vic­tory at Swansea. City en­joyed the best of the first half, but it took un­til four min­utes into the sec­ond half for Gael Clichy to put them ahead with a de­flected shot.

Aleix Gar­cia made the most of a rare start by net­ting the sec­ond from Je­sus Navas’s cut-back in the 67th minute be­fore Gylfi Sig­urds­son stabbed in a stop­page-time con­so­la­tion for Swansea.

Guardi­ola gave a first start of the sea­son to cap­tain Vin­cent Kom­pany, who un­der­went thigh surgery in May, but the Bel­gium cen­tre­back had to go off late on af­ter ap­pear­ing to in­jure him­self.

Tot­ten­ham cruised through af­ter crush­ing League One Gilling­ham, with Chris­tian Erik­sen scor­ing twice and Vin­cent Janssen and Josh Onomah scor­ing their first goals for the club. Erik Lamela was also on tar­get. – AFP

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