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Young players bouncing back, an Aussie wing wizard, Rooney’s financial clout and other talking points from Old Trafford

10:00 24 September 2015

Juan Mata and Kevin Bru do battle

Juan Mata and Kevin Bru do battle

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We look at a few of the talking points emerging from Ipswich Town’s 3-0 loss to Manchester United last night.

Josh Emmanuel played well for Ipswich Town last nightJosh Emmanuel played well for Ipswich Town last night

Town’s fringe players were not overawed

There are sure to have been a few raised eyebrows when Mick McCarthy’s team was revealed at 7pm last night, but those fringe players the Town boss put his faith in didn’t let him down. We’ll never know whether a ‘full-strength’ Town would have pushed United any closer, but the likes of Jay Tabb, Josh Yorwerth and Piotr Malarczyk certainly didn’t disgrace themselves. In particular, Josh Emmanuel should be pleased with the way he marshalled the likes of Wayne Rooney, Andreas Pereira and Juan Mata, considering he was removed after 45 minutes of his last outing after being given a torrid time by Brighton’s Kazenga LuaLua. The young full-back was strong, good in the tackle and confident on the ball as he reminded McCarthy he’s a viable option on the right side of his defence.

The first sighting of Tommy Oar was a positive one

It’s early days of course, but Tommy Oar’s first outing in a Blue shirt was an encouraging one. The Aussie wants the ball, is keen to run at his man and looks for space at every opportunity. He’s hard working too and looked to support young full-back Emmanuel at every opportunity. He’ll surely be pushing for a place in McCarthy’s league side soon.

Wayne Rooney could have bought the entire Ipswich side after just five hours work

By our maths, the Manchester United side which started last night’s game cost a staggering £203million, with near enough another £100million coming off the bench. In contrast, the only Ipswich player in the starting side to have commanded a transfer fee is Pole Piotr Malarczyk. Rooney earns the £8,500 he cost every five hours regardless if he’s asleep or not.

The Ipswich fans were a credit to their club

They may have been tucked away up in the gods, in the top tier of the East Stand, but the 5,500 Blues supporters never stopped singing despite their side heading to defeat. When Andreas Pereira’s second goal hit the net cries of ‘we’re going to win 3-2’ echoed out from the travelling supporters, who stayed until the bitter end despite the home areas of Old Trafford emptying during the final 10 minutes.

Old Trafford is a very different place in the League Cup

The Theatre of Dreams wasn’t full last night and those home fans who were there created a very different atmosphere to the one you would surely hear for an important Premier League or Champions League game. The shouts of young fans, many of whom wouldn’t be able to get tickets to attend the higher profile games, could be heard echoing around the stadium. While the League cup clearly isn’t too big of a deal for the United fans, it’s nice for the next generation of football fans to be able to watch their team play.

Some players make it look easy

In Bastian Schweinsteiger, Ipswich faced one of the greats of the modern era. He’s won 113 international caps, eight German league titles, a Champions League and a World Cup, and bossed the midfield seemingly without breaking sweat. He had a hand in two of United’s goals and still had three more gears to find. A real pleasure to watch.

What got you talking last night? Let us know in the comment box below.

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  • What a wonderful experience that was! I've always wanted to go to the ground, they are the greatest English team in my upbringing and the "Theatre of Dreams" truly is a Theatre! It's like given a child a replica of the stadium, you can't quite believe it's real! The staff were on point, the Manchester United team was excellent without really trying and as mentioned - Schweinstiger was out of this world! Am proud of the lads we put out, not too disappointed with the team selection and if we pull off a decent 3 or 4 - 0 win vs Bristol, the whole thing would be worth it! And as above again - Josh Emmanuel is going to be a tidy player!

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    Friday, September 25, 2015

  • Steroopid, always the same, never changing: the man who makes George Osborne look kind, decent, and competent.

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    Ken Hairy

    Thursday, September 24, 2015

  • Oooooh the irony! Says my friend Mona. Town not bothering, keeping their powder dry for the league. They want promotion. First time they meet a Prem team though, what do they do? Fight hard and show what they're made of? No way, Jose! They scurry off, tail between their legs. Whatever players we field, we'll get walloped, says the manager. Promotion? Pull the other one! Thank Heavens for Norwich actually doing something and showing some cojones.

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    Rita WAG

    Thursday, September 24, 2015

  • So, mr pundit - it wasn't alex ferguson that used to play his youngsters for this particular trophy?

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    Thursday, September 24, 2015

  • What utter tosh. Man U couldn't care less about the league cup but at least they put out a team and duly cantered to an easy win treating the game as a training run out. Must be bizarre trotting out at Old Trafford to realise that the opposition cant be bothered to field a team and are intent on losing. Motivation such circumstances must be difficult. Hopefully clubs like Town will soon be charged with bringing the game into disrepute - the way they treat cup competitions is scandalous. Until the league and FA stand up to clubs that cannot be bothered to compete, then cup competitions will stay a laughing stock.

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    Thursday, September 24, 2015

  • Sums up the experience rather nicely I think.

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    Thursday, September 24, 2015

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