United through to League Cup fourth round

Manchester United booked their place in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup after beating Liverpool in a tightly fought contest at Old Trafford yesterday evening.

Javier Hernandez’s goal thirty-nine seconds into the second half was enough to separate the sides, and secure a home tie against Norwich City next month.

The club will first turn their attention to Saturday afternoon’s Premier League clash with West Bromwich Albion, where they will be looking to bounce back from Sunday’s defeat to local rivals Manchester City.

Meanwhile, United are a number of clubs monitoring Juan Mata’s situation at Chelsea, and the champions could make a move for the midfielder in January, according to the Express.

The 25 year old was briefly linked with a move to Old Trafford during the summer, with talk that he could have been used as a makeweight in a deal that would have seen Wayne Rooney move in the opposite direction.

Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and his former club Valencia have also been linked with the Spain international, who has started just three times since the return of manager Jose Mourinho.

Elsewhere, the club have recalled defender Reece James from his loan spell with Carlisle United, after the 19 year old suffered a thigh injury in just his second appearance for the League One side last month.

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