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M. Rashford (51)
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A. Martial (61)
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Manchester United now know that they will face either Manchester City, Aston Villa or Leicester City in the semi-final of the EFL Cup. However, they will turn their attentions to the Premier League this weekend, as they face Watford. Meanwhile Colchester will return to League Two action on Saturday against Carlisle United.
Manchester United book their place in the semi-finals of the EFL Cup with a 3-0 victory over Colchester United at Old Trafford, thanks to second half goals from Rashford, Martial and an own goal from Jackson. The Premier League side dominated the game and looked the better side, but they couldn't find the breakthrough goal until the 51st minute, when Rashford finished off a clinical counter-attack to give the hosts the lead. Jackson then put the ball into the back of his own net just a few minutes later, before Martial wrapped up the game, scoring from close range.
90' + 2'
FULL-TIME: MANCHESTER UNITED 3-0 COLCHESTER UNITED
There will be a minimum of two minutes added time played.
In the other games tonight, Manchester CIty have beaten Oxford United 3-1 and Everton against Leicester City has gone to penalties, after finishing 2-2 in normal time.
A few people are starting to leave Old Trafford now, as Manchester United just continue to see the game out in the closing few minutes.
SAVE! Gerken with a brilliant fingertip save to tip the ball over the crossbar after Maguire powered a header towards goal from a corner, the centre-back rose above his marker, but his header was just too close to the keeper.
The visitors have only enjoyed 25 per cent of the possession so far throughout this game, they'll be hoping to hear the full-time whistle soon.
Colchester eliminated two Premier League teams earlier in the EFL Cup – Crystal Palace in the second round and Spurs in the third round
Not too far away! Mata trys to catch Gerken off guard at his near post, but it drills just past the post. Decent effort.
Colchester now make their final substitution, with freshy booked Harriott coming off and he has been replaced by Poku.
CHANCE! Lovely play by Manchester United down the right wing, with Mata playing a quick one-two with Pereira, who then lays the ball off to Martial, who superbly turns, but his shot is blocked.
Harriott is booked for Colchester after his foul on Garner right next to the touchline.
Another Colchester change now, with Comley coming off and he has been replaced by Gambin.
ALMOST! So close to a fourth by Manchester United, with Williams trying to get in on the act. Greenwood gets the ball into the box and Williams gets forward on the overlap, but just as he is about to strike the ball towards goal, Colchester get players back and make the block.
This is Colchester’s first appearance in the League Cup quarter-final since 1974/75, when they faced Aston Villa and lost 2-1. Their gap of 45 seasons between quarter-final appearances is the second longest ever, behind only Cardiff City’s 46-season gap between 1965/66 and 2011/12.
The pace has dropped in the last few minutes, with Man United just taking their foot off the throttle now that they have the three goal lead, allowing Colchester some time on the ball in their own half.
Colchester respond by making their first substitution of the game, with Pell the man coming off and he has been replaced by Stevenson.
Third and final Manchester United substitution now that the game should be wrapped up and won, with Tuanzebe replaced by Garner.
The away supporters inside Old Trafford haven't stopped singing, they are still behind their side despite the scoreline.
The hosts make another substitution, with Rashford coming off the pitch and he has been replaced by Lingard.
Manchester United make their first substitution of the game, with Shaw replaced by Williams at left-back. A straight swap.
This time Rashford turns the provider for a goal, he has the beating of Jackson down the left every time he goes forward and he once again beats him, drilling a low cross into the box, which Martial converts.
GOOOAAALLL! Martial makes it 3-0! The striker was in the right place at the right time, to slot Rashford's ball into the six-yard box home from just a couple of yards out. Completely unmarked, an easy finish.
It looks like Manchester United are getting ready to make their first changes of the game now, with Lingard one of those getting ready on the sidelines.
Man Utd manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has progressed from all four of his League Cup ties as a manager – two with Cardiff City in 2014/15 and two with Manchester United this season.
OWN GOAL! Manchester United lead 2-0 and it's an unfortunate own goal by Jackson as he tried to prevent Rashford from scoring at the back post. Greenwood whipped the ball towards the far post and Rashford was waiting to tap the ball home, but Jackson got back just in time, but as he tried to put the ball out for a corner, he inadvertently puts it in the back of his own net.
The hosts are pressing forward in search of another goal now, which would surely wrap up the victory as Colchester would struggle to score two and get back into the game from 2-0 down.
Matic chips a lovely ball over the top of the Colchester defence for Rashford to run onto and he uses his pace to sprint past the visitors defenders.
GOOOAAALLL! Manchester United finally manage to break the deadlock, with Rashford scoring to make it 1-0! It comes from a quick counter forward, just after Colchester had a chance at goal themselves. Romero throws the ball out to Matic, who feeds Rashford, he sprints at the Colchester defence, cuts into the box and onto his right foot and powers the ball into the back of the net.
CHANCE! Jackson gets forward from the right-back position for Colchester and he manages to get into the box and then drill an effort towards the far corner of the net, but it's slightly too close to Romero, who gets down and makes a good save.
CLOSE! Shaw does brilliantly down the left wing, he whips a superb ball into the penalty area, which Greenwood meets, but he can't quite turn the ball goalwards and it flies inches wide of the post. So close.
This second period has started very similar to how the first half ended, with Manchester United dominating the game and pressing forward.
The second half is under way!
Colchester are getting everyone back behind the ball and defending in a back five in order to try and keep the hosts at bay, limiting the space they have to play in-behind to try and get Rashford and Martial to run onto.
It's goalless at the break between Manchester United and Colchester at Old Trafford, but the hosts have dominated the game, spending much of the first period in their opponents half of the pitch. Rashford has gone close with a couple of free-kicks, but they haven't tested Gerken in the Colchester goal. The closest they came to scoring was a low cross from Rashford, that Gerken had to palm away to safety. Martial went close towards the end of the half, but his powerful strike flew just past the post. Meanwhile Colchester have defended well in numbers and haven't tested Romero at all at the other end.
45' + 4'
HALF-TIME: MANCHESTER UNITED 0-0 COLCHESTER UNITED
45' + 3'
CLOSE! Martial cuts inside from the left and shifts the ball onto his right foot and fires a powerful effort towards the top left-hand corner of the net, but it flies just inches wide of the post.
45' + 2'
Harriott does brilliantly to nick the ball off Rashford on the edge of his own penalty area and then sprint up the pitch, but just as it looks like he is about to get away, Shaw comes across and makes a superb sliding tackle to stop him in his tracks.
There will be a minimum of three minutes added time played at the end of the half.
Not too far away! Harriott finds a little bit of space on the edge of the penalty area and manages to get a shot away at goal, but it flies narrowly wide of the Manchester United goal.
Colchester win their first corner of the game, can they work an opportunity from this set piece?
BLOCKED! Martial finds space in the box, he then turns and fires a shot towards goal, but it's well blocked by Prosser and goes out for a corner.
We're just a few minutes away from the break now, can Manchester United break through this resilient Colchester defence before the half-time whistle?
We've only played 39 minutes and Gerken in the Colchester goal has already been booked for timewasting with a goal-kick.
It's like attack versus defence at the moment, with the visitors sitting deep and soaking up all of the pressure.
Colchester are set to play their first ever away match against Man Utd in any competition – each of the last six English teams to play their first away game against the Red Devils have lost, most recently Crawley Town in 2011 – the last to win their first such game was Wimbledon in May 1987.
Manchester United seem to be running out of ideas in the final third at the moment, they are getting to the edge of the penalty area and then trying to chip the ball over the top of the Colchester defence for Martial or Rashford to run onto, but it's just not working.
We're just past the half an hour mark now between Manchester United and Colchester and it remains goalless, but the hosts are the ones knocking on the door.
The travelling Colchester supporters can be heard inside Old Trafford, there are around 5,000 that have made the journey up to support their side.
Almost! Martial is played in-behind and almost gets on the end of a long ball over the top, but Gerken is quickly off his line to gather.
It could be a long night for the Colchester players, they have had to do an awful lot of defending so far as the United pressure continues.
Manchester United have been eliminated from three of their last five EFL Cup quarter-finals, losing most recently in 2017/18 against Bristol City.
Young is the first Manchester United player to be booked, after he trips Nouble as he looks to break forward on the counter.
The visitors are trying to break forward on the counter, but they just can't pick the right ball forward at the moment, with the two Manchester United centre-backs so far untested.
CHANCE! Best opportunity of the game so far and Gerken has to be alert to deny Manchester United the opening goal. Rashford got forward down the left wing, he gets to the byline and then drags a cross back into the box, which takes a deflection and Gerken has to palm it out. However, the rebound then almost falls to Greenwood just a couple of yards out, but Eastman defends well and hooks it away.
Pell is the first player to be booked after his shove on Pereira. The midfielder feels that his side should've been awarded a free-kick just a moment earlier, but the referee disagreed.
The pressure is building from Manchester United now, they've won a couple of corners that have come to nothing, but are camped inside the Colchester half. However, the visitors are doing a good job of keeping them away from their goal at the moment.
Colchester have managed to get on the ball a little more in the last couple of minutes, but look nervous in possession and a few passes have gone astray.
Wild effort! Rashford has been heavily involved already, having a couple attempts at goal and he's just had another, but it's a wild strike from 30 yards out and it flies high over the crossbar.
This is only the third ever meeting between Manchester United and Colchester United – the Red Devils won the other two, 1-0 in the FA Cup in 1979 and 2-0 in the League Cup in 1983.
Everyone is having to get back behind the ball for Colchester and when the hosts have the ball they are dropping into a five man defence, to try and limit the space Man United have to play in-behind.
Good strike! Rashford steps up to take the set piece, he gets it up and over the Colchester wall, but it's too close to Gerken who stops the ball and then gathers on the second attempt, almost spilling the ball on his goal line.
Another Manchester United free-kick now after Rashford is fouled once again and it's in another good position, around 30 yards out and more central.
As expected, it's the hosts who are enjoying the early possession in the opening few minutes of the game, with Colchester having to sit deep and soak up the pressure.
Rashford goes for goal with a free-kick, but he goes more for power than placement and the ball flies well wide of the visitors goal.
Free-kick to Manchester United in a very good position, right on the edge of the penalty area out to the left wing. Rashford sprinted at the Colchester defence and was tripped as he raced past three defenders. This could be a good shooting opportunity.
The hosts win a corner within the opening minute of the game after Shaw does well down the left wing, however, they play the corner short and Colchester clear the danger.
We're under way!
The teams are out at Old Trafford and kick-off is just a few minutes away, stay tuned for all of the match action!
Meanwhile Colchester just make two changes to their starting line-up from the weekend, with Lapslie and Harriott coming into the side and Poku and Courtney Senior dropping out.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made seven changes to the side that drew with Everton, with only Maguire, Shaw, Martial and Rashford keeping their places in the starting XI.
COLCHESTER SUBS: Omar Sowunmi, Jevani Brown, Ryan Clampin, Ben Stevenson, Luke Gambin, Kwame Poku, Ethan Ross.
COLCHESTER (4-4-2): Dean Gerken; Ryan Jackson, Tom Eastman, Luke Prosser, Cohen Bramall; Tom Lapslie, Harry Pell, Brandon Comley, Callum Harriott; Frank Nouble, Luke Norris.
MAN UNITED SUBS: Lee Grant, Phil Jones, Brandon Williams, James Garner, Jesse Lingard, Scott McTominay, Tahith Chong.
MAN UNITED (4-2-3-1): Sergio Romero; Ashley Young, Axel Tuanzebe, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw; Nemanja Matic, Andreas Pereira; Mason Greenwood, Juan Mata, Marcus Rashford; Anthony Martial.
The hosts are unbeaten in their last five games in all competitions, with three wins and two draws, including a 1-1 draw against Everton at the weekend. This good run of form has moved them up to sixth in the Premier League table. Meanwhile Colchester are ninth in League Two and they drew 2-2 with Scunthorpe United at the weekend.
Manchester United booked their place in the quarter-finals with a 2-1 victory over Chelsea, whilst Colchester beat fellow League Two side, Crawley Town 3-1 and they are the lowest ranked side still in the competition. They overcame Crystal Palace and Tottenham in the earlier rounds.
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