Manchester United ended their 3 match losing streak with a comfortable win against Northampton. A screamer from Michael carrick was cancelled out by an Alex Revell penalty. It looked like an upset was on the cards but Ander Herrera produced a moment of magic to give United the lead again followed by which Smith had a moment to forget, his howler costing his side a third goal which all but ended the Northampton fight.
Jose will be a happy man at the end of this but another disappointing performance from Rooney will cast more doubt over his United future. Thanks for joining us. Goodnight!!
Final whistle blows. Northampton 1-3 Manchester United
93' Late chance for Zlatan
Rooney floats a ball into the box. Zlatan gets on the end of it but his flick on goes straight into the hands of Smith
91' Late corner for Northampton!!
Delivered by Taylor but easily headed away
We will have 3 minutes of added time
89' yellow card for Potter as he goes in late on Rooney. Another free kick. Again taken short. this time Zlatan wins a corner though
88' Foul on the edge of the box by O'Toole!
Rooney lines up the free kick. Taken short and cleared away eventually
84' Poor effort from Hoskins
The midfielder does well to find some space on the edge of the United box but he drives a shot well wide of the United goal
82' Great play down the right-hand side by Northampton. Revell then delivers a ball into the box but it is headed away by Blind
79' Rooney and Rojo in a battle for worst player on the pitch. It's neck and neck at the moment
78' Rojo with an absolutely fantastic dummy. Unfortunately it's on himself
77' Rooney with an absolute beaut. Receives the ball around forty yards out and his first touch ensures the ball runs out for a goalkick. Coleen couldve done better in my opinion
That's defintely one for the blooper reels. Absolute howler by the keeper
Herrera punts it upfield. Rashford charges at the keeper who takes a swing at the ball and misses it completely. Rashford then gladly taps it into an empty net
Absolute shocker from Smith. Rashford makes it 3-1
74' Free kick in a dangerous area for Northampton as Blind brings down Revell
73' like for like change for Manchester United as Fellaini replaces Schneiderlin
73' Last throw of the dice for Northampton as Richards comes on for McCourt
69' Zlatan receives the ball in the final third and feeds in rashford. Rashford spots Herrera in the centre and lays it off to him who smashes an absolute piledriver into the bottom corner from 25 yards. No chance for the keeper. united back in the lead
68' Another screamer from united!!
Herrera this time
66' Substitution for Northampton
Alfie Potter replaces K. Gorre
65' Manchester United seem to be labouring at the moment. Northampton are content to sit deep and absorb the pressure. United running out of ideas
64' Good pressing by the Red devils as they force Northampton to boot the ball out of play
Gorre goes in late on Ashley Young who goes down painfully. Poor challenge by the Northampton winger. Lucky to have not been carded
61' A worried look on Jose Mourinho's face as we enter the final third of the game
59' Herrera rattles the post
United work the ball patiently to the wings. Young then plays it inside to Herrera who takes a few strides and then unleashes a bullet but is unfortunate to see it come off the right hand side post with the keeper beaten
56' Poor first few touches by Rashford as he runs it out of play after getting past Diamond
54' Double Substitution for Manchester United
Zlatan and Rashford replace Depay and Fosu Mensah
54' Substitution for Northampton
J O'Toole comes on for Beautyman
53' Shout for handball!!
Memphis chips a ball into the box but it comes off Mccourt's shoulder and rolls away for a corner
52' Intricate stuff from manchester United
Carrick and Rooney exchange some neat passes before the former tries to slip in Young behind the defence. the pass is overhit though and rolls out for a goalkick
52' Nervy moment for Smith
Ashley Young whips a hopefull ball into the box but it is fumbled by Smith and it rolls out for a corner
50' Memphis cuts in and then out and then again before laying it off to Schneiderlin but his shot is blocked by the defender
Mourinho set to unleash the big guns. Zlatan and Mata warming up on the sidelines
47' Shocking challenge by McCourt from behind on memphis and deservedly Receives a yellow card.
He is lucky to to still be on the pitch as that tackle was worthy of a red
Second half begins. Can Northampton produce a shock upset?
Join us in 15 minutes for the second half
Half time at Sixfields. Northampton go into the break level after Alex Revell cancelled out a Michael carrick beauty
Chants of "You're getting sacked in the morning" rings out from Northampton fans. Jose under huge pressure
45' Almost another penalty.
Romero charges off his line and swings at clean air taking out Taylor instead. The referee ignores the appeals though and they play on