MANCHESTER UNITED are through to the fourth round of the EFL Carabao Cup after a 4-2 win over Aston Villa.
Ollie Watkins made it 1-0 minutes after the restart but 19 seconds after United kicked off from the next restart, Anthony Martial tapped home to make it 1-1.
Soon after that, Diogo Dalot's own goal made it 2-1 to the visitors before Marcus Rashford levelled with a finish of his own.
And Bruno Fernandes United 3-2 up with a deflected shot from inside the box before Scott McTominay bagged United's fourth.
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This weekend is the last chance for a lot of players not involved in the FIFA World Cup to make a statement before the enforced mid-season break.
United travel to Craven Cottage for tricky tie with ninth-placed Fulham who are having a great start under the guidance of Marco Silva.
With a three point gap to fourth-placed Tottenham, victory is key to United's aims of a top four spot this season.
Marcus Rashford capped a brilliant day by being awarded the man of the match award today after being named in Gareth Southgate's World Cup squad for Qatar.
Scoring the second goal to put United in front, he was a constant menace to Villa down the left wing in the second half.
Gareth Southgate will be hoping to see such positive play from the young Man Utd forward later this month in Qatar.
Garnacho has really started to show his potential this season and does not look out of place at all at this level.
His vision to see the run of Scott McTominay but then to pick him out with a lovely clipped ball into the box was a touch of class.
The Scottish midfielder sliding in to poke the ball home to seal the win and book their place in the fourth round of the EFL Cup.
After a first half that seemed like both teams had their foot on the brakes the second half did not fail to disappoint.
After falling behind to an Ollie Watkins goal, the hosts responded in less than a minute to draw the game level.
From that point onwards they looked capable of scoring every time they cam forward.
A well deserved win for Erik ten Hag and his team.
The referee brings the game to an end.
A fantastic second half giving us six goals to enjoy.
Control of the game swung back and fore until United scored their fourth to seal the victory.
90+2. Garnacho does brilliantly to spot the run of McTominay.
He clips a ball over the defence to the sliding Scotsman.
Diverting the ball into the back of the Villa net.
90. Brilliant first time pass around the corner from Eriksen to McTominay.
Bearing down on goal he looks to bend one in the top corner.
The ball comes thundering back off the crossbar.
We are going to have four minutes added.
88. This second half has been a credit to the EFL Cup.
Maguire is penalised for a foul on Watkins.
The Villa players are demanding a second yellow card but the referee is not having it at all.
Replays show Maguire is a very lucky boy.
86. United seem to be camped in the Villa half right now.
The referee gives the visitors some time to gather their breath as he awards them a free kick.
Garnacho is down as he was caught in a challenge.
The replay shows minimal contact.
Looks like Martinez is waiting to come on for United.
He replaces Victor Lindelof.
84. Eriksen is looking to pull the strings in midfield, pinging passes around the pitch.
Game management seems to be key for United now.
Playing possession football, frustrating the visitors.
82. Marcus Rashford comes off for Casemiro.
ten Hag looking to hold on to what the lead they have now.
Well into the final ten minutes of the game now.
80. The second half has been a fiesta of football.
Goals galore and we may not be finished yet.
The pressure is on Aston Villa to get on the front foot now.
78. A misplaced pass from Olsen finds Garnacho.
He threads it to Fernandes who shoots but Mings is sliding in to try and block the shot and sends the ball into the opposite corner.
Olsen may have got to Fernandes effort but the Portuguese midfielder does not care.
76. The ball finds its way to Fernandes in the box.
He swivels and shoots and Olsen makes a great save in the bottom corner to turn the ball wide.
Maguire meets the corner with his head but the Villa keeper is equal to it once again.
74. We have to have a winner tonight.
If neither side can break the current scoreline we will have penalties.
Both teams are looking to attack when the chance presents itself.
72. Malacia and McGinn are having a good battle in the middle of the park as they exchange tackles.
Villa are looking to make some more changes.
The visitors come forward with Douglas Luiz, the ball is worked to Bailey who tries to bend one in the far corner.
Easy save for Dubravka.
70. United are looking dangerous every time they attack now.
The ball is slipped into the box and Fernandes is through at a tight angle.
With plenty of options in the box he tries to score from an acute angle and bells the ball out for a throw in.
Terrible decision making.
68. What a difference a half makes.
We are being treated some real entertainment to make up for the first 45 minutes we were all forced to endure.
Rashford does brilliantly to stay on his feet under the Villa challenge, steadies himself and pokes the ball passed Olsen.
66. The irony is that at one goal down, Erik ten Hag brings on players from their game on the weekend who lost 3-1 to Villa.
Unai Emery has a chance to make it a perfect start to his Villa reign.
Another goal would give them the breathing space they crave.
64. Villa are growing in confidence again.
Knocking the ball around, making United chase shadows.
Dubravka is able to come out and collect on this occasion.
Rashford is through on goal, the ball dropping on the half-volley and he smashes it just wide of the post.
62. Fred comes off for Eriksen.
Garnacho comes on for Martial.
Bailey is a thorn in Man Utd's side as he comes back to haunt them again after his goal on the weekend.
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