Manchester United 3 Charlton Athletic 0
Very proud of the team and the fans this morning. I hope everyone gets back safely and the smiles stay on faces for a while.
It was testament to how well we were playing that Erik ten Hag felt the need to bring on Marcus Rashford, Christian Eriksen and Casemiro at 60 minutes. In return we brought on Eoghan O’Connell, Aaron Henry and Jack Payne.
Until injury time we had them at times rattled kicking into the end full of noisy Addicks. Real shame about the two Rashford goals, the last one looked offside, but we just lacked that little bit of composure or expert pass in the final third to get the goal that would have taken the roof of the stadium.
Fraser had our best chance when he wriggled into the penalty area but fired over on his left foot. That was after about about 50 minutes I think.
Blackett-Taylor’s pace did cause problems, and was disappointed to see him withdrawn early. Rak-Sakyi had some good moments too, but I thought Lucas Ness was outstanding as were both Dobson and Fraser, once they got over their early nervousness. Ashley Maynard-Brewer also did himself proud.
A great evening for the club, and our supporters totally deserved the day and evening out. They and us watching from a pub in Bermuda were rewarded with a display full of passion and heart. It sounded and looked awesome in that vast away end. Stories will be told for many years.
One last thing I am really liking Dean Holden’s comments and interviews. He may just be a passing fad and another in the depressing line of names associated to our great club that now mean nothing. But, I truly hope not. Thank you Dean for representing our club on a famous night.
Dean Holden: “We were so close. How many times on the counter-attack were we close to finding that last pass, that final moment? We just couldn’t find it. We came out second half and had a big chance – Fraser – I thought we had a grip of the game at that point. I thought we were in control. I turned to my left and Erik is bringing those three on – Casemiro, Eriksen and Rashford.”
Stats (CAFC first): Possession – 30% / 70%; Passes – 265 / 610; Accurate passes – 183 / 533; Shots (on target) – 5 (2) / 21 (5).