Apparently the parking lot warm-up was just fine for Jose Mourinho’s boys.
Marcus Rashford played the role of super sub, inspiring Manchester United in its 3-1 win at Northampton Town in the Wednesday’s third round of EFL Cup play.
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Rashford had a goal and an assist, as did Ander Herrera, and Michael Carrick also scored in the win. Daley Blind gave away a penalty that Alex Revell converted for the Cobblers’ only goal.
Carrick’s 17th minute goal was no illusion of dominance, as the Red Devils had nearly 80 percent of the ball in the first half, but 33-year-old Alex Revell converted a penalty to level things heading into halftime.
Jose Mourinho had seen enough and, after 55 minutes, Marcus Rashford and Zlatan Ibrahimovic entered the fray, and the former supplied an assist to Ander Herrera as United moved back ahead in the 68th minute.
Herrera turned provider, technically, as Rashford scored off an Adam Smith howler in the 75th minute to make it even smoother sailing for the Red Devils.
Trailing 2-0 at Wembley to Leyton Orient in the League One playoff final, Rotherham United needed a miracle to seal promotion to the Championship.
Alex Revell popped up to provide the goods, as the 30-year-old striker scored twice against his former club, then Rotherham won 4-3 on penalties to seal their spot in England’s second-tier for the first time in nine years.
Revell’s second will capture the headlines as the Englishman chested the ball down and smashed in a tremendous looping volley from over 30-yards out to send the Rotherham fans wild and help the Millers on their way to promotion.
The technique, precision and quality of his strike is sublime and Revell will be dining out on that goal for quite some time in the Yorkshire town.
Tough luck for the O’s but Revell’s stunner meant he didn’t deserve to be on the losing side on Sunday.
A spot-kick comeback and an unbelievable goal helped Rotherham earn promotion to the English Championship after a 2-2 draw with Leyton Orient.
Alex Revell bagged a double, including this unbelievable goal from what has to be at least 40 yards out.
His second goal (that crazy one we’ll link to again because it’s bonkers) caused Rotherham’s manager and Rob Ford lookalike Steve Evans to burst onto the pitch in a wild sprint.
Leyton Orient blew two leads in the match – one being the 2-0 lead they had in the match that Revell wiped out with his brace, and the other being their 3-2 lead in the penalty shootout before Rotherham goalkeeper saved a pair of poor penalties from Mathieu Baudry and Chris Dagnall for the win.
The penalties caused the animated Evans to become so nervous he was caught eating his tie.
Rotherham’s double comeback denies Orient the chance to make it 11 London clubs in the top two English divisions. Instead, Rotherham secured their second promotion in two years after playing in League Two just two seasons ago.
The club has clearly put a period of uncertainty behind them, working on a new stadium and a merry-go-round at the managerial job.
Hey, let’s watch that goal again!
The golazo from Revell is a bit of redemption for Rotherham, who saw Preston North End do something similar in the semifinal against them.