EFL Cup - Third Round
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Luton 0-3 Manchester United: Dean Henderson thrilled with "unbelievable" debut

Dean Henderson makes a save against Luton
Henderson kept 13 clean sheets in 36 Premier League games while on loan at Sheffield United last season

Dean Henderson said it was "unbelievable" to realise a dream and make his Manchester United debut as the goalkeeper helped his side beat Luton to reach the Carabao Cup fourth round.

Henderson made a superb save to deny Tom Lockyer an equaliser after Juan Mata's penalty had put United ahead.

Substitutes Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood then wrapped up the win with late goals.

"I dreamt about this my whole life," Henderson tweeted.external-link

"Unbelievable feeling to make my debut for the club I love. Clean sheet and a win to top it off."

Henderson came through Manchester United's youth system but has spent much of his senior career at the club on loan and was at Sheffield United for the past two seasons.

His impressive displays for the Blades earned him call-ups to the senior England squad - although he is yet to make his Three Lions debut - and he returned to United this summer with the aim of challenging David de Gea for the number one spot.

"You have to make saves when needed," said Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after Tuesday's win.

"David [de Gea] has done that for years and Dean did that today."

The victory means Manchester United will face either fellow Premier League side Brighton or Preston of the Championship in the next round.

United leave it late to turn on the style

Mason Greenwood
Mason Greenwood was the first Manchester United substitute to score and assist in the League Cup since Marcus Rashford in September 2016 vs Northampton, with both players aged 18 at the time of achieving this feat

In the end it was a deserved win for Manchester United, although it took a while for the visitors to get into their groove.

After making 10 changes from the side that lost at home to Crystal Palace in their Premier League opener at the weekend, Solskjaer challenged his players to produce a much-improved performance in this game.

Only captain Harry Maguire kept his place in the side as Henderson made his competitive debut while Donny van de Beek was given his first start after coming off the bench to score against Palace.

But for long periods of this game Manchester United looked distinctly off key. They were slow to pass and lacked the creativity to open up a disciplined Luton side.

After Mata's penalty - awarded following a foul on Brandon Williams inside the area - the visitors struggled to find a second that would kill the game off.

Henderson had little to do, but provided perhaps the crucial moment of the game with a superb one-handed save to deny Lockyer an equaliser late on, before Eric Bailly cleared Lockyer's follow up off the line.

Solskjaer had perhaps sensed the danger of late drama moments before as he sent on Rashford and Greenwood to attack a tiring Luton defence and the pair came up with the goods.

Greenwood provided the spark Manchester United had been missing, setting up Rashford to fire home the second before curling in a late third.

The final scoreline perhaps flattered United but it was a much-needed win after a slow start to their campaign.

'I am proud of the team' - what they said

Luton Town manager Nathan Jones speaking to Sky Sports: "It flatters them massively. For 85-86 minutes I thought we were outstanding and then they bring Rashford and Greenwood on. They push on when we are trying to get the goal back.

"It took a penalty and a bit of a nick to put them in the lead. Throughout the game, structurally how we worked and the quality we showed, I am so proud of the team."

Ole's half-century - the stats

  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has won 50 of his 92 games in charge of Manchester United across all competitions - only Ernest Mangnall (78 games) and Jose Mourinho (81 games) have reached 50 managerial wins in fewer matches for the Red Devils.
  • Manchester United are unbeaten in their last 11 meetings with Luton (W9 D2), since a 2-1 defeat in a top-flight match back in March 1987.
  • Since the start of last season, Manchester United have both taken (23) and scored (19) more penalties in all competitions than any other English league side.
  • Manchester United's Rashford has been involved in 10 goals in his last seven League Cup appearances (seven goals, three assists).

What next?

Luton return to Championship action on Saturday as they travel to Watford (12:30 BST), while Manchester United are at Brighton in the Premier League on the same day (12:30 BST).

Line-ups

Luton

  • 1Shea
  • 20KiosoBooked at 68mins
  • 15Lockyer
  • 5Bradley
  • 24Norrington-Davies
  • 11Shinnie
  • 4Tunnicliffe
  • 14MoncurSubstituted forLeeat 76'minutes
  • 18ClarkSubstituted forCornickat 76'minutes
  • 9HyltonBooked at 85mins
  • 25LuaLua

Substitutes

  • 2Cranie
  • 6Pearson
  • 7Cornick
  • 10Lee
  • 12Sluga
  • 17Mpanzu
  • 19Collins

Man Utd

  • 26Henderson
  • 29Wan-Bissaka
  • 3Bailly
  • 5Maguire
  • 33WilliamsBooked at 57mins
  • 17Fred
  • 31Matic
  • 8MataSubstituted forGreenwoodat 78'minutes
  • 34van de BeekSubstituted forBruno Fernandesat 78'minutes
  • 14Lingard
  • 25IghaloSubstituted forRashfordat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Rashford
  • 11Greenwood
  • 13Grant
  • 18Bruno Fernandes
  • 20Dalot
  • 21James
  • 43Mengi
Referee:
Tim Robinson

Match Stats

Home TeamLutonAway TeamMan Utd
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home10
Away19
Shots on Target
Home2
Away12
Corners
Home4
Away8
Fouls
Home15
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Luton Town 0, Manchester United 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Luton Town 0, Manchester United 3.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Luton Town 0, Manchester United 3. Mason Greenwood (Manchester United) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Bruno Fernandes.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Bruno Fernandes.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jesse Lingard (Manchester United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Mason Greenwood.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Jesse Lingard (Manchester United).

  7. Post update

    Andrew Shinnie (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Mason Greenwood (Manchester United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jesse Lingard.

  9. Goal!

    Goal! Luton Town 0, Manchester United 2. Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mason Greenwood.

  10. Post update

    Offside, Manchester United. Nemanja Matic tries a through ball, but Brandon Williams is caught offside.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Marcus Rashford (Manchester United).

  12. Post update

    Andrew Shinnie (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Booking

    Danny Hylton (Luton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

    Brandon Williams (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Danny Hylton (Luton Town).

  16. Post update

    Harry Maguire (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Danny Hylton (Luton Town).

  18. Post update

    Foul by Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Manchester United).

  19. Post update

    Rhys Norrington-Davies (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by James Shea.

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