Big scare for Manchester United and West Ham hammered

Lawrence Kim
September 26, 2019

Rochdale's teenage goalscorer Luke Matheson revealed he is green and yellow after his starring role in Dale's fearless League Cup penalty exit at Manchester United.

Greenwood struck in an eerily similar way to last week's narrow win against Astana, only for impressive 16-year-old Matheson to find the net and delight the 7,000-or-so visiting fans.

Going within inches of a massive upset, Rochdale were praised by the United boss for their unique style of play. "Everyone wanted to take penalties as they did against AC Milan in Cardiff [during pre-season]".

"He was thinking to himself "good grief, if they beat us on penalties here I'm just going to be fielding another 100 questions about my results and this team and where they're going".

Greenwood was one of only a few positives for Solskjaer after the 17-year-old recovered from tonsillitis to score for the second game in a row after becoming the club's youngster European goalscorer with the victor against FC Astana.

"It's a great stage for some of the youngsters to prove themselves and there were one or two that really did", Solskjaer said. He will get his share of games.

One thing is for sure, his manager rates him very highly - describing Greenwood as one of the 'best finishers he's ever seen'.

Rather than head to Trinity C of E High School on Wednesday, the talented right-back was given permission to head two-and-a-half miles up the road to play at Old Trafford in the Carabao Cup third round.

Manchester United host Arsenal at Old Trafford in the league next Monday and failing to win the match against Gunners could see pressure building further on Solskjaer.

"We go 1-0 up in many games and today it's again go 1-0 up and you think "go on then", he said. We need to go for the second.

"But I just don't think he's strong enough in the dressing room to deal with those problems".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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