Man Utd and Martial continue to build momentum
Anthony Martial stepped off the bench and scored his fourth goal in four matches as Manchester United strolled into the fourth round of the Capital One Cup with a 3-0 win over Ipswich.
United's 4-0 defeat to MK Dons in this competition last year is regarded as the worst loss of Dutchman Louis van Gaal's tenure and there was no way he was going to let Ipswich record a similar result on Wednesday.
The United boss sent out a near full-strength side and goals from Wayne Rooney, Andreas Pereira and the late Martial clincher eased United into the last-16, as he insisted his £36m teenager is taking his rapid rise to fame in his striker.
"It is not so difficult because he is a player who is very modest," Van Gaal said of Martial.
"He knows that he can score and he can score because of his fellow players. We made it for him two times very easy because we won the game and the gaps are existing.
"With his speed and composure, he can score. He did it against Liverpool and now again. We are happy but still we have to keep our feet on the ground."
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hailed fighter Mathieu Flamini after the midfielder marked his first appearance of the season with a double strike to help beat Tottenham 2-1 in the Capital One Cup at White Hart Lane.
The 31-year-old, who could have left the club during the summer transfer window, netted a superb second-half volley to secure bragging rights for Gunners fans.
"You do not expect Mathieu Flamini to score two goals but he was certainly frustrated for a long time and he went for it," said Wenger.
"He has worked very hard recently and I saw in training he was very focused, that he had come back to a good level, also I wanted to strengthen our defensive midfield.
"He is a fighter, Mathieu, and a winner as well.
"I told him at the start of the season it might be difficult for him to be a starter, but he decided to stay and he did fight."
Meanwhile, the pressure is mounting on Newcastle manager Steve McClaren, as his desperate start to life as Magpies boss continued as Sheffield Wednesday won 1-0 at St James' Park.
Chelsea eased to the next round with a thumping 4-1 win at Walsall and the same score allowed Alan Pardew's Crystal Palace to seal a last-16 date with Manchester City.
Southampton may be dark horses to enjoy a lengthy run in the Capital One Cup as two Shane Long goals helped them to beat MK Dons 6-0, with Liverpool's nervous penalty shoot-out win against Carlisle at Anfield doing little to lift the pressure mounting on boss Brendan Rodgers.
Manchester City v Crystal Palace
Liverpool v Bournemouth
Manchester United v Middlesbrough
Everton v Norwich
Southampton v Aston Villa
Sheffield Wednesday v Arsenal
Hull v Leicester
Stoke v Chelsea