Fans hardly expected Middlesbrough to hold United for a goalless draw and eliminate the Premiership giants in a penalty shoot-out. But in the course of things, that happened in the Capital One Cup encounter on Wednesday.
Boro coach Aitor Karanka’s men defended stubbornly to pull off an emphatic win. United rued over a number of missed opportunities in the regulation time and also during the penalty shoot-out. Red Devils’ boss Louis Van Gaal came under scanner for not picking up creative midfielder Ander Herrera, Bastian Schweinsteiger, and the English skipper Wayne Rooney. Once more, Rooney faced the fans’ ire for not being able to score when the team required him to do so. Currently, the superstar striker is going through a miserable run of form while on duty on his club’s shirt.
England trio Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick and Ashley Young missed in the penalty shoot-out, handing Middlesbrough a well-deserved win in front of their 10,000 jubilant traveling fans. This is the fourth consecutive time United lost in a penalty shoot-out. Arsenal and Chelsea bowed out of the tournament the night before United exited.