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Rashford, Herrera lead Manchester United past Northampton Town (video)


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.

West Brom boss Pulis laments EFL Cup loss to Northampton Town

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Tony Pulis sounds a bit defensive — pun half-intended — about West Brom’s loss to Northampton Town in the EFL Cup on Wednesday.

His Baggies have started the season 1-1, winning at Palace and losing versus Everton, but the loss in a Cup competition is obviously stinging the veteran manager.

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Pulis, 58, started a lineup that should’ve won comfortably, and the team went for it against the League One side in 2-2 (PKs, 4-3) match.

But conceding twice and losing in penalties really angered Pulis, who saw James Morrison and much-maligned striker Saido Berahino miss their kicks.

From the BBC:

“I wish Northampton all the best. They worked really hard and kept at it.

“If we have come here and didn’t open them up and didn’t play well then you can slaughter us, but we did that. We’ve not hit the back of the net and that’s what you have to do.

“I understand supporters – if you’re not winning you’re not going to be happy, whether it’s me or another manager.”

Pulis is 22W-23D-25L as West Brom’s manager, but has done well on the whole with the club. Perhaps his style of play is frustrating, but he’s also brought in weapons like Matty Phillips and Brendan Galloway this year and is attempting to spur the club into something a bit more exciting. His comments have us wondering, though, if he’s feeling a bit of heat.

VIDEO: Shaquille O’Neal confesses his love for one English club

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This is beyond bizarre.

NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal, 43, has sent a heartwarming message to a fourth-tier team in England. It’s official, Shaq is a Cobbler.

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In England we have a saying when someone is talking nonsense: “Oh you’re talking cobblers.” Shaq isn’t doing that. He’s just a fan of them. Confused?

A video was published by League Two side Northampton Town (nicknamed the Cobblers… ah, there you go) on Tuesday, as the current leaders of the England’s fourth-tier were wished well by their new superstar fan.

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How has this happened?

Shaq co-owns a radio station with Kelvin Thomas, Northampton’s new chairman, and the plan to post the video came about during the recent NBA All-Star weekend in Toronto.

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O’Neal is no fair weather, oh no. He is planning a trip to watch Northampton Town play at their 7,653 capacity Sixfields Stadium soon and gave the players a rallying call as they currently sit five points clear at the top of the table and they aim to win promotion to League One.

Click play on the video above to see Shaq pour out his heart in support of Northampton.

There’s a sentence I never thought I’d write…