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Brendan Rodgers looks to January transfer window in preparation for busy summer

The World Cup and Champions League will combine to give Brendan Rodgers a headache next summer when the Celtic manager must address the overlap of two competitions involving his players. Tom Rogic, Cristian Gamboa and Mikael Lustig are set to be at the World Cup finals with Australia, Costa Rica and Sweden respectively, while Erik Sviatchenko could also be in Russia with Denmark if he regains a place in the squad after his injury lay-off. The finals get under way on June 14 and end on July 15, but changes to the Champions League qualifying process mean that Celtic are likely to be involved in that tournament’s first round on July 10 or 11, and Rodgers has to ensure he has resources at right-back, where both Lustig and Gamboa play. “It is the way it is,” he said. “We have to prepare for that in the next window to ensure we’re covered. Gambo and Lustig are both right-sided defensive players, so that’s going to be a key area because we don’t want to be short. “We will manage our schedule accordingly. We do have Tony Ralston who is here and so I think we cover, but it is an area we need to consider going through the summer. “We have been short in certain areas over the last two summers, so January is a bid window for us if we feel we need to do something. “It [the Champions League schedule] is punishing to say the least, with eight games in as many weeks. Normally, you get a wee breather in there. There are the other games you need to play to get fit, and the league might be up and running, so it’s certainly not made any easier for the team which is trying to qualify.” Lustiq is expected to be in the Sweden squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia Credit: Getty Images In the meantime, World Cup qualification for the lucky trio has had a positive knock-on effect, according to Rodgers. “I think there is a real good-feel factor there. Everyone is happy for them,” he said. “You would have seen Mikael’s celebrations in the week, and he’s come back full of enthusiasm. That’s contagious, and it goes around the group. “Tom Rogic? God, if anybody deserves to be at the World Cup it’s him, given how far he’s had to travel – constantly all around tKhe world. Cristian Gamboa will be there as well, and if Erik Sviatchenko gets into Danish squad the second part of the season, then there’s a chance for him as well.” Celtic, of course, have immediate business in this season’s Champions League when they meet Paris Saint-Germain in Paris on Wednesday. The Scottish champions cannot make the knockout stage but remain favourites to claim the Europa League spot ahead of Anderlecht and, although they lost 2-1 at home to Bayern Munich in their previous outing, Rodgers saw improvement in his players’ performance. “We performed very well in that game but didn’t get the result, so we can learn from that,” he said. “There were lots of great moments in that game, but our frustration was that from when we scored, there were three minutes till they went ahead again and what’s so important in the 10 minutes after you score is you keep the ball as much as you can. That was our only downfall. We gave everything in the game. We defended well, we came from being behind and got level and with 15 minutes to go, we have a great chance of getting a result. But after we scored, we gave the ball away three times and didn’t press as hard as we normally would. “Then all of a sudden, you are 2-1 behind, so that’s typical of the lessons that we are finding out all the time. At this level, it’s not so much about the possession you have, it’s about dangerous possession. “Can you show the personality and confidence to show you belong on that stage? These teams, PSG and Bayern Munich, are expected to go all the way in the competition. “So realistically, it is tough for us. The question on Wednesday is can we play our game and improve?” Celtic were in Dingwall for yesterday’s lunchtime meeting with Ross County, seeking a 64th successive domestic fixture unbeaten. Although they were dominant from first to last, the Scottish Premiership leaders had to wait until the 75th minute to secure their victory when Leigh Griffiths, a late substitute, struck one of his trademark free kicks from 25 yards to beat Aaron McCarey, on the occasion of left-back Kieran Tierney’s 100th appearance for Celtic. A good afternoon for Celtic got even better as the chasing pack were all defeated in the 3pm kick-offs. League Cup finalists Motherwell –who will contest the first silverware of the season against Celtic at Hampden a week today – secured an excellent 2-0 win in Aberdeen with a Louis Moult double. Hibernian were beaten 2-1 at home when Steven MacLean scored for St Johnstone with the last kick of the game. Most surprisingly, Rangers lost at home to Hamilton for the first time in the league for 91 years as goals by David Templeton and Darren Taylor made history at Ibrox. Elsewhere, Dundee and Kilmarnock saw out a 0-0 draw at Dens Park.

Brendan Rodgers looks to January transfer window in preparation for busy summer

The World Cup and Champions League will combine to give Brendan Rodgers a headache next summer when the Celtic manager must address the overlap of two competitions involving his players. Tom Rogic, Cristian Gamboa and Mikael Lustig are set to be at the World Cup finals with Australia, Costa Rica and Sweden respectively, while Erik Sviatchenko could also be in Russia with Denmark if he regains a place in the squad after his injury lay-off. The finals get under way on June 14 and end on July 15, but changes to the Champions League qualifying process mean that Celtic are likely to be involved in that tournament’s first round on July 10 or 11, and Rodgers has to ensure he has resources at right-back, where both Lustig and Gamboa play. “It is the way it is,” he said. “We have to prepare for that in the next window to ensure we’re covered. Gambo and Lustig are both right-sided defensive players, so that’s going to be a key area because we don’t want to be short. “We will manage our schedule accordingly. We do have Tony Ralston who is here and so I think we cover, but it is an area we need to consider going through the summer. “We have been short in certain areas over the last two summers, so January is a bid window for us if we feel we need to do something. “It [the Champions League schedule] is punishing to say the least, with eight games in as many weeks. Normally, you get a wee breather in there. There are the other games you need to play to get fit, and the league might be up and running, so it’s certainly not made any easier for the team which is trying to qualify.” Lustiq is expected to be in the Sweden squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia Credit: Getty Images In the meantime, World Cup qualification for the lucky trio has had a positive knock-on effect, according to Rodgers. “I think there is a real good-feel factor there. Everyone is happy for them,” he said. “You would have seen Mikael’s celebrations in the week, and he’s come back full of enthusiasm. That’s contagious, and it goes around the group. “Tom Rogic? God, if anybody deserves to be at the World Cup it’s him, given how far he’s had to travel – constantly all around tKhe world. Cristian Gamboa will be there as well, and if Erik Sviatchenko gets into Danish squad the second part of the season, then there’s a chance for him as well.” Celtic, of course, have immediate business in this season’s Champions League when they meet Paris Saint-Germain in Paris on Wednesday. The Scottish champions cannot make the knockout stage but remain favourites to claim the Europa League spot ahead of Anderlecht and, although they lost 2-1 at home to Bayern Munich in their previous outing, Rodgers saw improvement in his players’ performance. “We performed very well in that game but didn’t get the result, so we can learn from that,” he said. “There were lots of great moments in that game, but our frustration was that from when we scored, there were three minutes till they went ahead again and what’s so important in the 10 minutes after you score is you keep the ball as much as you can. That was our only downfall. We gave everything in the game. We defended well, we came from being behind and got level and with 15 minutes to go, we have a great chance of getting a result. But after we scored, we gave the ball away three times and didn’t press as hard as we normally would. “Then all of a sudden, you are 2-1 behind, so that’s typical of the lessons that we are finding out all the time. At this level, it’s not so much about the possession you have, it’s about dangerous possession. “Can you show the personality and confidence to show you belong on that stage? These teams, PSG and Bayern Munich, are expected to go all the way in the competition. “So realistically, it is tough for us. The question on Wednesday is can we play our game and improve?” Celtic were in Dingwall for yesterday’s lunchtime meeting with Ross County, seeking a 64th successive domestic fixture unbeaten. Although they were dominant from first to last, the Scottish Premiership leaders had to wait until the 75th minute to secure their victory when Leigh Griffiths, a late substitute, struck one of his trademark free kicks from 25 yards to beat Aaron McCarey, on the occasion of left-back Kieran Tierney’s 100th appearance for Celtic. A good afternoon for Celtic got even better as the chasing pack were all defeated in the 3pm kick-offs. League Cup finalists Motherwell –who will contest the first silverware of the season against Celtic at Hampden a week today – secured an excellent 2-0 win in Aberdeen with a Louis Moult double. Hibernian were beaten 2-1 at home when Steven MacLean scored for St Johnstone with the last kick of the game. Most surprisingly, Rangers lost at home to Hamilton for the first time in the league for 91 years as goals by David Templeton and Darren Taylor made history at Ibrox. Elsewhere, Dundee and Kilmarnock saw out a 0-0 draw at Dens Park.

Scottish clubs set national charity records, with SPFL now 'fourth most community-focused league in the world'

Scottish football has not been at the top table of international competition for 20 years – hence the SFA’s urgent desire to find a manager with the Midas touch – but the country’s clubs have never been more successful at providing aid to charities and worthy causes in their communities. Independent research commissioned by the Scottish Professional Football League has revealed that 770,000 local people – an annual increase of over 60,000 - have been engaged in community initiatives involving all 42 league clubs. The research also found that season ticket holders were well served by making a commitment to back their team throughout the campaign. Headline figures show that clubs engaged with approximately 772,000 people via community activity in season 2016/17, many supported by programmes run and organised by the SPFL Trust, the charitable arm of the league. Around 86 per cent of all clubs provide free tickets to matches for community groups, charities and other worthy causes, with an estimated total of 84,000 donated last season. The number of clubs offering free admission to children has risen to 62 per cent, up 5 per cent on last year’s figure.      The average maximum saving for supporters across all four divisions buying a 2017/18 season ticket is £96.20, when compared with paying at the gate. Attendance figures also told an encouraging story, with total crowds for the four Ladbrokes divisions exceeding four million in season 2016/17, a 12 per cent increase year on year, while almost a quarter of a million supporters attended the first two matches of the 2017/18 season to set a new record for the SPFL. Nicky Reid, chief executive of the SPFL Trust, said: “The recent Responsiball annual report now places the SPFL as the fourth most community-focused league in the world, based on their analysis of the 25 biggest national competitions. “A rise of three places year on year, shows that this is an area of significant strength and opportunity for Scottish football.  In the past year, the SPFL Trust and our clubs have been trusted to work on projects funded by the Scottish Government, Big Lottery Fund, Erasmus, Scottish Water, Kinder+Sport, and the SPFL itself amongst others.  “Our Trusted Trophy Tour also visited more than 20 clubs and demonstrated the power that football has for good across a wide range of projects. Trust is hard-earned and we all accept the responsibilities that come with that, but the direction of travel is extremely positive.” The SFA, meanwhile, announced that its Elite club football academies are Aberdeen, Celtic, Hamilton, Heart of Midlothian, Hibernian, Kilmarnock, Motherwell and Rangers. The second-tier Progressive grade consists of Ayr United, Dundee United, Forth Valley, Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Partick Thistle, Ross County,St Mirren and St Johnstone. The third-tier Progressive level academies are Dundee, Fife, Greenock Morton and Queen’s Park. Scottish FA Performance Director Malky Mackay said: “What I would like to stress is that the bandings are not fixed and they will be reassessed in June 2018. No door is closed to clubs outside of the Elite bracket with aspirations to move up.”

Rangers interested in Scotland target Michael O'Neill for vacant manager role

Michael O’Neill returned to his Edinburgh home late on Monday afternoon to find that the bookmakers had not only installed him as favourite for the vacant Scotland manager’s job but had made him third favourite for the similarly unfilled position at Rangers. Sensibly, the Northern Ireland manager will take a couple of days to reflect on the outcome of the World Cup play-off which saw Switzerland progress to the finals in Russia next summer thanks to the award of a nonsensical penalty kick in the first leg in Belfast. O’Neill’s position, as stated after Sunday’s goalless draw in Basel, is that he is under contract to the Irish Football Association and that it would be improper to speak about other positions. That said, at the age of 48 and after six years with the Northern Ireland team, it would be remarkable if O’Neill were not contemplating a fresh start and there must also be an allure in the prospect of a switch to day-to-day involvement at club level rather than the spasmodic challenge of the international game. The utterances of Stewart Regan, chief executive of the Scottish Football Association, have been scrutinised for clues to what might transpire at Hampden Park. With no interest in the World Cup finals, following failure to clear the group stage qualifying hurdles under Gordon Strachan the Scots have a friendly in Morocco in March and another in early summer before they resume competitive action in the Uefa Nations League next September. “We might have a new manager in place for those friendlies, but if we haven’t, it’s not the end of the world,” Regan said last month when announcing that Malky Mackay would act as interim manager for the friendly meeting with Holland at Pittodrie, which Scotland lost 1-0 last Thursday. One immediate assumption was that the SFA had identified O’Neill as its principal target and were prepared to wait, if Northern Ireland were to reach the finals. Sam Wallace's Power Rankings 42:04 Regan also revealed on the day of the Dutch friendly that Mackay would not be considered as a long-term candidate, prompting speculation that the SFA was clearing the way for a speedy approach to the IFA if circumstances changed quickly, as they have done. Certainly, O’Neill is as familiar with the Scottish scene as any candidate could be. He played for Dundee United, Hibernian, St Johnstone, Clydebank and Ayr United and his first management job was at Brechin City between 2006 and 2008. Moreover, O’Neill has conscripted a core of players who either play or have played for Scottish clubs, to the extent that recent squad have featured no fewer than 17 with that experience, the newest recruit being Jordan Jones of Kilmarnock, who made his debut appearance in the play-off second leg against Switzerland on Sunday. Telegraph Sport can confirm, however, that although the SFA is considering O’Neill as a candidate, its still trimming its initial roster of possible targets and has not yet reached the stage of a short-list. O’Neill’s glowing credential is that he steered Northern Ireland to their first tournament finals in 30 years and their first ever European championship when they reached Euro 2016. He also got the team beyond the group stage, an accomplishment that has never been matched by any Scotland manager. One curiosity that will surely interest the SFA, though, is that O’Neill’s win rate with Northern Ireland stands at 34.35%, compared to Gordon Strachan’s return of 44.35%. Michael O'Neill has a worse win percentage than Gordon Strachan but almost took Northern Ireland to the World Cup Credit: GETTY IMAGES As for conjecture about Rangers, an appointment to the Ibrox job would be a fascinating cultural development, given that O’Neill is a Roman Catholic from Northern Ireland, whose education included a spell at Presentation Covent Primary School in Portadown and All Saints in Ballymana and who would certainly be the first manager of the Light Blues who played Gaelic football as a boy. It would be doubly intriguing were he ever to take over at Ibrox with his fellow countryman, Jimmy Nicholl, a former Rangers favourite, as his assistant. Nicholl, indeed, recently declared that O’Neill would not remain in international football in the event of Northern Ireland failing to make the World Cup finals. “He’s young enough – if he gets a good opportunity and a good challenge at a big club on a day-to-day basis, then he’ll go,” Nicholl told BBC Scotland last month. One other consideration which might yet materialise is a club job in Scotland, but not at Ibrox. Should Rangers make a successful move for Derek McInnes, the bookies’ favourite for their vacant position, then Aberdeen would be in the market for a new manager. In those circumstances an obvious candidate – very likely the favourite – would be a man who played six games for the Dons during a loan spell in 1998. Fellow by name of O’Neill, in case you hadn’t guessed.

Rangers interested in Scotland target Michael O'Neill for vacant manager role

Michael O’Neill returned to his Edinburgh home late on Monday afternoon to find that the bookmakers had not only installed him as favourite for the vacant Scotland manager’s job but had made him third favourite for the similarly unfilled position at Rangers. Sensibly, the Northern Ireland manager will take a couple of days to reflect on the outcome of the World Cup play-off which saw Switzerland progress to the finals in Russia next summer thanks to the award of a nonsensical penalty kick in the first leg in Belfast. O’Neill’s position, as stated after Sunday’s goalless draw in Basel, is that he is under contract to the Irish Football Association and that it would be improper to speak about other positions. That said, at the age of 48 and after six years with the Northern Ireland team, it would be remarkable if O’Neill were not contemplating a fresh start and there must also be an allure in the prospect of a switch to day-to-day involvement at club level rather than the spasmodic challenge of the international game. The utterances of Stewart Regan, chief executive of the Scottish Football Association, have been scrutinised for clues to what might transpire at Hampden Park. With no interest in the World Cup finals, following failure to clear the group stage qualifying hurdles under Gordon Strachan the Scots have a friendly in Morocco in March and another in early summer before they resume competitive action in the Uefa Nations League next September. “We might have a new manager in place for those friendlies, but if we haven’t, it’s not the end of the world,” Regan said last month when announcing that Malky Mackay would act as interim manager for the friendly meeting with Holland at Pittodrie, which Scotland lost 1-0 last Thursday. One immediate assumption was that the SFA had identified O’Neill as its principal target and were prepared to wait, if Northern Ireland were to reach the finals. Sam Wallace's Power Rankings 42:04 Regan also revealed on the day of the Dutch friendly that Mackay would not be considered as a long-term candidate, prompting speculation that the SFA was clearing the way for a speedy approach to the IFA if circumstances changed quickly, as they have done. Certainly, O’Neill is as familiar with the Scottish scene as any candidate could be. He played for Dundee United, Hibernian, St Johnstone, Clydebank and Ayr United and his first management job was at Brechin City between 2006 and 2008. Moreover, O’Neill has conscripted a core of players who either play or have played for Scottish clubs, to the extent that recent squad have featured no fewer than 17 with that experience, the newest recruit being Jordan Jones of Kilmarnock, who made his debut appearance in the play-off second leg against Switzerland on Sunday. Telegraph Sport can confirm, however, that although the SFA is considering O’Neill as a candidate, its still trimming its initial roster of possible targets and has not yet reached the stage of a short-list. O’Neill’s glowing credential is that he steered Northern Ireland to their first tournament finals in 30 years and their first ever European championship when they reached Euro 2016. He also got the team beyond the group stage, an accomplishment that has never been matched by any Scotland manager. One curiosity that will surely interest the SFA, though, is that O’Neill’s win rate with Northern Ireland stands at 34.35%, compared to Gordon Strachan’s return of 44.35%. Michael O'Neill has a worse win percentage than Gordon Strachan but almost took Northern Ireland to the World Cup Credit: GETTY IMAGES As for conjecture about Rangers, an appointment to the Ibrox job would be a fascinating cultural development, given that O’Neill is a Roman Catholic from Northern Ireland, whose education included a spell at Presentation Covent Primary School in Portadown and All Saints in Ballymana and who would certainly be the first manager of the Light Blues who played Gaelic football as a boy. It would be doubly intriguing were he ever to take over at Ibrox with his fellow countryman, Jimmy Nicholl, a former Rangers favourite, as his assistant. Nicholl, indeed, recently declared that O’Neill would not remain in international football in the event of Northern Ireland failing to make the World Cup finals. “He’s young enough – if he gets a good opportunity and a good challenge at a big club on a day-to-day basis, then he’ll go,” Nicholl told BBC Scotland last month. One other consideration which might yet materialise is a club job in Scotland, but not at Ibrox. Should Rangers make a successful move for Derek McInnes, the bookies’ favourite for their vacant position, then Aberdeen would be in the market for a new manager. In those circumstances an obvious candidate – very likely the favourite – would be a man who played six games for the Dons during a loan spell in 1998. Fellow by name of O’Neill, in case you hadn’t guessed.

Manchester United and Celtic offer their support for Liam Miller in his battle with cancer  

Manchester United and Celtic have both tweeted their support for Liam Miller and his family after it emerged he was battling cancer. Miller began his career with Celtic before Sir Alex Ferguson brought the Republic of Ireland international to Manchester United in 2004. The 36-year-old has been inundated with messages of support since it was reported he was being treated for cancer in America. "The thoughts of everyone at Manchester United go out to Liam Miller and his loved ones at this difficult time," read a post from the club's official Twitter account. The thoughts of everyone at Manchester United go out to Liam Miller and his loved ones at this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/CV2zT3xL6y— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 13, 2017 Miller spent two years at Old Trafford before a three-year spell at Sunderland. After spells with Sunderland, Leeds and QPR, Miller spent four years in the Australian A-League before signing for American third tier side Wilmington Hammerheads last year. Liam Miller in action for Manchester United against Arsenal in 2004 Credit: AP  Tam McManus, who played with Miller at Hibernian wrote: "Awful news about Liam Miller keep the fingers crossed that he somehow pulls through. "Was in the USA for treatment this month and flies back tomorrow to start chemotherapy here. He’s still fighting it. Will say a prayer for him tonight." The thoughts and prayers of everyone at Celtic Football Club are with Liam Miller and his family at this time. pic.twitter.com/qTOq0v937D— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) November 13, 2017 The thoughts and prayers of everyone at Sunderland AFC are with Liam Miller and his family at this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/LDP5u5kSLN— Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) November 13, 2017 His former Celtic team-mate John Hartson tweeted his support for the former midfielder on Monday morning. "My thoughts are with Liam Miller and his family this morning. Hope he can get through this difficult time of his life," he wrote. In 2009 Hartson required emergency surgery to treat cancer that had spread to his brain and lungs. He has since set up the John Hartson Foundation to help combat the disease.

Manchester United and Celtic offer their support for Liam Miller in his battle with cancer  

Manchester United and Celtic have both tweeted their support for Liam Miller and his family after it emerged he was battling cancer. Miller began his career with Celtic before Sir Alex Ferguson brought the Republic of Ireland international to Manchester United in 2004. The 36-year-old has been inundated with messages of support since it was reported he was being treated for cancer in America. "The thoughts of everyone at Manchester United go out to Liam Miller and his loved ones at this difficult time," read a post from the club's official Twitter account. The thoughts of everyone at Manchester United go out to Liam Miller and his loved ones at this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/CV2zT3xL6y— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 13, 2017 Miller spent two years at Old Trafford before a three-year spell at Sunderland. After spells with Sunderland, Leeds and QPR, Miller spent four years in the Australian A-League before signing for American third tier side Wilmington Hammerheads last year. Liam Miller in action for Manchester United against Arsenal in 2004 Credit: AP  Tam McManus, who played with Miller at Hibernian wrote: "Awful news about Liam Miller keep the fingers crossed that he somehow pulls through. "Was in the USA for treatment this month and flies back tomorrow to start chemotherapy here. He’s still fighting it. Will say a prayer for him tonight." The thoughts and prayers of everyone at Celtic Football Club are with Liam Miller and his family at this time. pic.twitter.com/qTOq0v937D— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) November 13, 2017 The thoughts and prayers of everyone at Sunderland AFC are with Liam Miller and his family at this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/LDP5u5kSLN— Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) November 13, 2017 His former Celtic team-mate John Hartson tweeted his support for the former midfielder on Monday morning. "My thoughts are with Liam Miller and his family this morning. Hope he can get through this difficult time of his life," he wrote. In 2009 Hartson required emergency surgery to treat cancer that had spread to his brain and lungs. He has since set up the John Hartson Foundation to help combat the disease.

Celtic make history as 4-0 win over St Johnstone takes unbeaten record to 63

Celtic on Saturday surpassed the century-old UK record for successive unbeaten domestic matches when they extended their sequence to 63 games with a straightforward victory over St Johnstone in Perth, where Scott Sinclair set them on their way to a 4-0 win. By a quixotic twist of fortune, the record that was set against St Johnstone got under way in the aftermath of a 2-1 defeat at McDiarmid Park on May 11, 2016 when Ronny Deila was still in charge in the east end of Glasgow. The Celtic management team have consistently asserted that the accumulation of unbeaten outings has not featured in team talks, but its significance was underlined on this occasion by the selection of the same players who started in Tuesday’s match against Bayern Munich in the Champions League group stage meeting at Parkhead. Saints had no such comfort, having failed to score since their 2-1 home victory over Hamilton Academical on Sept 23. An unfortunate susceptibility to injury contributed to that melancholy record and the casualty list was again a factor, with Tommy Wright forced to operate without Murray Davidson and Brian Easton, while Michael O’Halloran was judged to have only sufficient fitness for a place on the bench. One of those restored to the home side was Steven MacLean, who was swiftly afforded two tantalising glimpses of goal because of hesitancy by Nir Bitton. The Israeli midfielder, acting once more as a stopgap central defender, was ambushed by the Saints striker on the edge of the Celtic box but managed to retrieve possession before damage could be inflicted. Bitton was fortunate again when he let a dropping ball bounce in front of him, but again MacLean was unable to take advantage. The St Johnstone forward nearly made amends with an audacious lob from 40 yards which almost caught Craig Gordon off his line, but the effort went just over the top. Celtic had not displayed much menace despite controlling 75 per cent of possession but they made the breakthrough with a corner kick straight from the training ground with which Stuart Armstrong found Scott Sinclair alone inside the box for a rising shot to net his 11th goal of the campaign. After the break, a header off the line by Aaron Comrie denied Dedryck Boyata what would have been Celtic’s second, but the progression was merely postponed until the 72nd minute, when Moussa Dembele flicked an Armstrong cutback past Zander Clark, before contributing with a cutback of his own which was turned in by Steven Anderson. The rout was completed by Olivier Ntcham with a shot from the edge of the box to make it 4-0. Olivier Ntcham wrapped up the scoring with Celtic's fourth with a minute of normal time remaining Credit: Getty Images Elsewhere, Graeme Murty, Rangers’ caretaker manager and coach of the club’s under-20s, admitted that he had thought about leaving Ibrox if he is not offered the vacant manager’s job. However, Murty, who has been asked by the Rangers directors to take charge of the first team twice this year – first when Mark Warburton left in March and then when Pedro Caixinha departed last month – asserted that he had more to gain from staying in place than by taking a manager’s job at a smaller outfit. “I’ve been thinking about that one for a while - not at the moment,” he said. “I’m in possibly the best learning environment that I’ve been in, personally and professionally. “If the board ask someone else to come in and I was to go back to the under-20s, I wouldn’t think about that. If I was to go back to the under-20s, I have a fantastic project there that I can get my teeth into. “Potentially, that is how we make up ground but, however we do it, the club is structured and geared and driving towards making that gap non-existent. We want to be challenging right at the top and experiencing some fantastic European evenings. “The players have an opportunity. All I see at the moment is potential, and a pathway that is there for them to go and play in the Rangers first-team as a player. If the player is good enough, if they are driven enough, if they are hungry enough, that is what they have to be. “The bottom line is that they won’t get any special dispensation because they are home-grown. They will get special dispensation if they are good, good players.” Murty kept up his good record as interim with Rangers achieving a 3-0 win over Partick Thistle at Ibrox on Saturday that included a first goal for the club for young defender Ross McCrorie. Daniel Candeias and Josh Windass also netted. Hamilton held Aberdeen 2-2, with Hibernian now two points behind Derek McInnes’s side after a 2-1 victory against bottom-placed Dundee. Ross County triumphed 3-2 at home versus Motherwell. 

Celtic make history as 4-0 win over St Johnstone takes unbeaten record to 63

Celtic on Saturday surpassed the century-old UK record for successive unbeaten domestic matches when they extended their sequence to 63 games with a straightforward victory over St Johnstone in Perth, where Scott Sinclair set them on their way to a 4-0 win. By a quixotic twist of fortune, the record that was set against St Johnstone got under way in the aftermath of a 2-1 defeat at McDiarmid Park on May 11, 2016 when Ronny Deila was still in charge in the east end of Glasgow. The Celtic management team have consistently asserted that the accumulation of unbeaten outings has not featured in team talks, but its significance was underlined on this occasion by the selection of the same players who started in Tuesday’s match against Bayern Munich in the Champions League group stage meeting at Parkhead. Saints had no such comfort, having failed to score since their 2-1 home victory over Hamilton Academical on Sept 23. An unfortunate susceptibility to injury contributed to that melancholy record and the casualty list was again a factor, with Tommy Wright forced to operate without Murray Davidson and Brian Easton, while Michael O’Halloran was judged to have only sufficient fitness for a place on the bench. One of those restored to the home side was Steven MacLean, who was swiftly afforded two tantalising glimpses of goal because of hesitancy by Nir Bitton. The Israeli midfielder, acting once more as a stopgap central defender, was ambushed by the Saints striker on the edge of the Celtic box but managed to retrieve possession before damage could be inflicted. Bitton was fortunate again when he let a dropping ball bounce in front of him, but again MacLean was unable to take advantage. The St Johnstone forward nearly made amends with an audacious lob from 40 yards which almost caught Craig Gordon off his line, but the effort went just over the top. Celtic had not displayed much menace despite controlling 75 per cent of possession but they made the breakthrough with a corner kick straight from the training ground with which Stuart Armstrong found Scott Sinclair alone inside the box for a rising shot to net his 11th goal of the campaign. After the break, a header off the line by Aaron Comrie denied Dedryck Boyata what would have been Celtic’s second, but the progression was merely postponed until the 72nd minute, when Moussa Dembele flicked an Armstrong cutback past Zander Clark, before contributing with a cutback of his own which was turned in by Steven Anderson. The rout was completed by Olivier Ntcham with a shot from the edge of the box to make it 4-0. Olivier Ntcham wrapped up the scoring with Celtic's fourth with a minute of normal time remaining Credit: Getty Images Elsewhere, Graeme Murty, Rangers’ caretaker manager and coach of the club’s under-20s, admitted that he had thought about leaving Ibrox if he is not offered the vacant manager’s job. However, Murty, who has been asked by the Rangers directors to take charge of the first team twice this year – first when Mark Warburton left in March and then when Pedro Caixinha departed last month – asserted that he had more to gain from staying in place than by taking a manager’s job at a smaller outfit. “I’ve been thinking about that one for a while - not at the moment,” he said. “I’m in possibly the best learning environment that I’ve been in, personally and professionally. “If the board ask someone else to come in and I was to go back to the under-20s, I wouldn’t think about that. If I was to go back to the under-20s, I have a fantastic project there that I can get my teeth into. “Potentially, that is how we make up ground but, however we do it, the club is structured and geared and driving towards making that gap non-existent. We want to be challenging right at the top and experiencing some fantastic European evenings. “The players have an opportunity. All I see at the moment is potential, and a pathway that is there for them to go and play in the Rangers first-team as a player. If the player is good enough, if they are driven enough, if they are hungry enough, that is what they have to be. “The bottom line is that they won’t get any special dispensation because they are home-grown. They will get special dispensation if they are good, good players.” Murty kept up his good record as interim with Rangers achieving a 3-0 win over Partick Thistle at Ibrox on Saturday that included a first goal for the club for young defender Ross McCrorie. Daniel Candeias and Josh Windass also netted. Hamilton held Aberdeen 2-2, with Hibernian now two points behind Derek McInnes’s side after a 2-1 victory against bottom-placed Dundee. Ross County triumphed 3-2 at home versus Motherwell. 

Hibernian’s Efe Ambrose eyes Super Eagles return

Hibernian’s Efe Ambrose eyes Super Eagles return

Hibernian’s Efe Ambrose eyes Super Eagles return

Hibernian’s Efe Ambrose eyes Super Eagles return

Hibernian’s Efe Ambrose eyes Super Eagles return

After resurrecting his career with a move to the Hibs, the defender is hoping for return to the national fold ahead of Russia 2018

Hibernian’s Efe Ambrose eyes Super Eagles return

After resurrecting his career with a move to the Hibs, the defender is hoping for return to the national fold ahead of Russia 2018

Scottish football round-up: Kenny Miller produces star turn as Rangers end difficult week with win

Kenny Miller directed a taunting retort at Pedro Caixinha by scoring twice and setting up the other goal for Josh Windass in Rangers’ 3-1 victory over Hearts at Murrayfield, a result which delivered a satisfactory end to a tumultuous week for the Ibrox club. It had begun with dismissal from the Betfred Scottish League Cup by Motherwell and continued with a farcical draw at home to Kilmarnock, the result which triggered Caixinha’s sacking.   The Kilmarnock game ended with an equaliser for the Ayrshire side scored by Chris Burke, a former Rangers player. The melancholy catalogue looked as though it would be extended in Edinburgh when another Ibrox employee of bygone days, Kyle Lafferty, put Hearts ahead, but Miller’s interventions scooped all three points for Graeme Murty in his second spell as Rangers’ interim manager. The occasion was replete with serendipity, as in the case of Douglas Ross, one of Craig Thomson’s assistant referees. The Honourable Member for Moray, as he is known in his day job, was criticised for missing the House of Commons vote on Universal Credit in order to run the line at the Champions League group stage tie between Barcelona and Olympiakos in the Nou Camp. It is a unique situation for a Scot to qualify for the finals of a World Cup and then be forced to quit because he is a Tory MP and, perhaps even more remarkable, for him to be the object of greater abuse for a political no-show than for decisions taken by the side of the pitch. Miller reels away after scoring for Rangers Credit: PA Prior to kick-off, the Scottish Rugby Union made a media presentation of their case for Murrayfield to replace Hampden Park as the venue for Scottish football’s showpiece games. Hampden, of course, is frequently derided because of the distance between the pitch and spectators, a stricture which applies even more to the gap between the Murrayfield main stand and the edge of the playing surface. The match programme, meanwhile, still had Caixinha as Rangers manager, a consequence of early print deadlines, but the team sheet listed one name that would have been missing had the Portuguese coach still been in charge. Miller was reinstated, not only to the team but also as captain, and his presence energised the visitors, who had three corner kicks to their credit before Hearts recorded their first. Craig Levein’s side, though, made the breakthrough with a splendid example of set play technique from Lafferty. The provenance was a foul by the teenager, Ross McCrorie – a replacement for the injured Bruno Alves in central defence – who toppled Ismael Goncalves 22 yards out. Lafferty stepped forward and addressed the ball with the focused demeanour usually associated with Greig Laidlaw at this stadium and his delivery would have gratified the Scotland scrum half, albeit that the ball dropped sweetly underneath the crossbar to leave Wes Foderingham stranded. Had Ross Callachan been as deadly when a cute Goncalves reverse pass put him clear inside the box, Hearts would have been 2-0 up within two minutes of their opener. Callachacould only drive against Foderingham. Hearts would rue the missed opportunity before the interval. With only four minutes of the half left to play, Alfredo Morelos’ tenacity created an opening for Miller, whose shot nicked John Souttar’s boot and looped over Jon McLaughlin into the net. The veteran striker put Rangers in front with a textbook header across McLaughlin from a pinpoint delivery from James Tavernier. Miller did not score Rangers’ third goal but it was his punitive pass, curled ahead of Windass from distance, that left the midfielder free to tuck his finish low beyond McLaughlin. Rangers’ victory saw them move into third place, ahead of Motherwell, who lost at home to Hibernian, with Martin Boyle scoring the only goal. At the top, Celtic extended their unbeaten sequence of domestic games to 62 with a 1-1 home draw with Kilmarnock, who recovered from Leigh Griffiths’ opener to level through Jordan Jones. Aberdeen, in second place, fell behind to Michael Gardyne’s opener for Ross County but won with goals from Ryan and Christie and Kenny McLean to narrow the gap with Celtic to a single point. Dundee slumped to the foot of the table after a 3-1 defeat by Hamilton while Partick moved up by beating St Johnstone 1-0 at Firhill.

Scottish football round-up: Kenny Miller produces star turn as Rangers end difficult week with win

Kenny Miller directed a taunting retort at Pedro Caixinha by scoring twice and setting up the other goal for Josh Windass in Rangers’ 3-1 victory over Hearts at Murrayfield, a result which delivered a satisfactory end to a tumultuous week for the Ibrox club. It had begun with dismissal from the Betfred Scottish League Cup by Motherwell and continued with a farcical draw at home to Kilmarnock, the result which triggered Caixinha’s sacking.   The Kilmarnock game ended with an equaliser for the Ayrshire side scored by Chris Burke, a former Rangers player. The melancholy catalogue looked as though it would be extended in Edinburgh when another Ibrox employee of bygone days, Kyle Lafferty, put Hearts ahead, but Miller’s interventions scooped all three points for Graeme Murty in his second spell as Rangers’ interim manager. The occasion was replete with serendipity, as in the case of Douglas Ross, one of Craig Thomson’s assistant referees. The Honourable Member for Moray, as he is known in his day job, was criticised for missing the House of Commons vote on Universal Credit in order to run the line at the Champions League group stage tie between Barcelona and Olympiakos in the Nou Camp. It is a unique situation for a Scot to qualify for the finals of a World Cup and then be forced to quit because he is a Tory MP and, perhaps even more remarkable, for him to be the object of greater abuse for a political no-show than for decisions taken by the side of the pitch. Miller reels away after scoring for Rangers Credit: PA Prior to kick-off, the Scottish Rugby Union made a media presentation of their case for Murrayfield to replace Hampden Park as the venue for Scottish football’s showpiece games. Hampden, of course, is frequently derided because of the distance between the pitch and spectators, a stricture which applies even more to the gap between the Murrayfield main stand and the edge of the playing surface. The match programme, meanwhile, still had Caixinha as Rangers manager, a consequence of early print deadlines, but the team sheet listed one name that would have been missing had the Portuguese coach still been in charge. Miller was reinstated, not only to the team but also as captain, and his presence energised the visitors, who had three corner kicks to their credit before Hearts recorded their first. Craig Levein’s side, though, made the breakthrough with a splendid example of set play technique from Lafferty. The provenance was a foul by the teenager, Ross McCrorie – a replacement for the injured Bruno Alves in central defence – who toppled Ismael Goncalves 22 yards out. Lafferty stepped forward and addressed the ball with the focused demeanour usually associated with Greig Laidlaw at this stadium and his delivery would have gratified the Scotland scrum half, albeit that the ball dropped sweetly underneath the crossbar to leave Wes Foderingham stranded. Had Ross Callachan been as deadly when a cute Goncalves reverse pass put him clear inside the box, Hearts would have been 2-0 up within two minutes of their opener. Callachacould only drive against Foderingham. Hearts would rue the missed opportunity before the interval. With only four minutes of the half left to play, Alfredo Morelos’ tenacity created an opening for Miller, whose shot nicked John Souttar’s boot and looped over Jon McLaughlin into the net. The veteran striker put Rangers in front with a textbook header across McLaughlin from a pinpoint delivery from James Tavernier. Miller did not score Rangers’ third goal but it was his punitive pass, curled ahead of Windass from distance, that left the midfielder free to tuck his finish low beyond McLaughlin. Rangers’ victory saw them move into third place, ahead of Motherwell, who lost at home to Hibernian, with Martin Boyle scoring the only goal. At the top, Celtic extended their unbeaten sequence of domestic games to 62 with a 1-1 home draw with Kilmarnock, who recovered from Leigh Griffiths’ opener to level through Jordan Jones. Aberdeen, in second place, fell behind to Michael Gardyne’s opener for Ross County but won with goals from Ryan and Christie and Kenny McLean to narrow the gap with Celtic to a single point. Dundee slumped to the foot of the table after a 3-1 defeat by Hamilton while Partick moved up by beating St Johnstone 1-0 at Firhill.

Hibernian’s Efe Ambrose reveals one of his biggest decisions as a player

Hibernian’s Efe Ambrose reveals one of his biggest decisions as a player

Graeme Murty wants his players' input as he resumes his role as go-to Rangers interim manager 

Graeme Murty has one outstanding credential as the Rangers board consider who they should appoint to succeed Pedro Caixinha as their next manager. The club’s Under-20 coach, who has become the go-to man when the directors need an interim boss, succeeded in a task which eluded both Caixinha and his predecessor, Mark Warburton. On March 12, he supervised the only Rangers team to deprive Celtic of league points since the Ibrox club returned to the top level of Scottish football in the summer of 2016. The former York City, Reading and Southampton defender, who will be in charge when Rangers meet Hearts at Murrayfield on Saturday, has only to close his eyes to prompt a torrent of impressions of that afternoon in the east end of Glasgow. Pedro Caixinha was sacked as Rangers manager on Thursday  Credit: PA “The colours, the sound, how vivid it is, still,” Murty said. “More than anything, the lessons I learned about myself and about this football club from that day. “I would be a Grade A fool not to draw on those. They have informed my practice and my development now. I will be using some of those things as I move forward in this role at the moment. “I learned that the players, when they walk onto that pitch, need to be together and to have a manner of playing, an identity and a togetherness. I need to be able to remove myself at times to give the players what they need. “That was difficult at Celtic Park, but it was something I’m really proud of that we did. It was a fantastic staff that I worked with and I am really grateful to them. That’s another good lesson - that I won’t be able to do this on my own.”  Asked if his second spell as caretake could promote his reputation with the Ibrox directors as they mull over their next move, Murty said: “I am in no position to comment because that is not my remit. To be honest, I am going to prepare a team for Saturday. The bigger questions will wait until later on or for people of a much-higher pay scale than myself. Ryan Jack (second left) is available for selection for Rangers after appealing his red card Credit: PA “If the players know anything from Friday’s training session, it’s that I want their input. Within the training session, within the dressing room, within the match-prep, they have to have a voice. I will reiterate it until people are bored of me – it’s about the players, not about me.”  In the aftermath of defeat by Motherwell in the Betfred Scottish League Cup semi-final and the shambolic 1-1 draw at home to Kilmarnock on Wednesday, Murty has selection difficulties to address, with Bruno Alves suspended and Graham Dorrans and Fabio Cardoso out because of injury. He will, however, be able to deploy Ryan Jack, who has appealed the red card shown to him against Kilmarnock, as well as Kenny Miller, who spent the final three weeks of Caixinha’s reign banished from the squad because he had fallen out of favour with the outgoing manager. “I wasn’t in, I didn’t see what was going on,” Murty said. “Kenny is fit, he is available.” Asked if Miller would regain the captain’s armband, Murty said: “I haven’t made that decision yet.”  Had he not been summoned to supervise the first team, Murty would have been with the under-20s against Liverpool - “I was, potentially, going to be standing on the side with Steven Gerrard,” he said – but will now have the distinction of being the first coach to be in charge of a Rangers side at Murrayfield. Out-of-favour captain Kenny Miller could be back playing under manager Murty  Credit: Getty Images  “I’ve never been there before,” he said. “I’ve seen some footage of it. The technical area looks like I’ll need to have a drinks station half way down it. “Other than that, the pitch is going to be the same so the players have to go and deal with the atmosphere. I’m in no doubt it’s going to be good as we’ve sold loads of tickets. The fans are travelling in their thousands so we need to make sure when the players walk onto the pitch they give them a right good performance.”  Hearts are smarting from defeat by Hibernian in the Edinburgh derby on Tuesday at Easter Road and are likely to be without midfielders, Don Cowie and Arnaud Djoum. Craig Levein’s side have won only one of their four most recent league fixtures but they beat St Johnstone at Murrayfield last weekend. Meanwhile, Derek McInnes, the Aberdeen manager who rejected an overture from Sunderland during the summer, was cool when asked about his status as one of the favourites to succeed Caixinha. “I’m very happy being here, as I’ve stated often enough,” he said. “I’ve been supposedly linked with clubs a couple of times and, in particular, with Rangers. I’m happy here and nothing changes.”

Graeme Murty wants his players' input as he resumes his role as go-to Rangers interim manager 

Graeme Murty has one outstanding credential as the Rangers board consider who they should appoint to succeed Pedro Caixinha as their next manager. The club’s Under-20 coach, who has become the go-to man when the directors need an interim boss, succeeded in a task which eluded both Caixinha and his predecessor, Mark Warburton. On March 12, he supervised the only Rangers team to deprive Celtic of league points since the Ibrox club returned to the top level of Scottish football in the summer of 2016. The former York City, Reading and Southampton defender, who will be in charge when Rangers meet Hearts at Murrayfield on Saturday, has only to close his eyes to prompt a torrent of impressions of that afternoon in the east end of Glasgow. Pedro Caixinha was sacked as Rangers manager on Thursday  Credit: PA “The colours, the sound, how vivid it is, still,” Murty said. “More than anything, the lessons I learned about myself and about this football club from that day. “I would be a Grade A fool not to draw on those. They have informed my practice and my development now. I will be using some of those things as I move forward in this role at the moment. “I learned that the players, when they walk onto that pitch, need to be together and to have a manner of playing, an identity and a togetherness. I need to be able to remove myself at times to give the players what they need. “That was difficult at Celtic Park, but it was something I’m really proud of that we did. It was a fantastic staff that I worked with and I am really grateful to them. That’s another good lesson - that I won’t be able to do this on my own.”  Asked if his second spell as caretake could promote his reputation with the Ibrox directors as they mull over their next move, Murty said: “I am in no position to comment because that is not my remit. To be honest, I am going to prepare a team for Saturday. The bigger questions will wait until later on or for people of a much-higher pay scale than myself. Ryan Jack (second left) is available for selection for Rangers after appealing his red card Credit: PA “If the players know anything from Friday’s training session, it’s that I want their input. Within the training session, within the dressing room, within the match-prep, they have to have a voice. I will reiterate it until people are bored of me – it’s about the players, not about me.”  In the aftermath of defeat by Motherwell in the Betfred Scottish League Cup semi-final and the shambolic 1-1 draw at home to Kilmarnock on Wednesday, Murty has selection difficulties to address, with Bruno Alves suspended and Graham Dorrans and Fabio Cardoso out because of injury. He will, however, be able to deploy Ryan Jack, who has appealed the red card shown to him against Kilmarnock, as well as Kenny Miller, who spent the final three weeks of Caixinha’s reign banished from the squad because he had fallen out of favour with the outgoing manager. “I wasn’t in, I didn’t see what was going on,” Murty said. “Kenny is fit, he is available.” Asked if Miller would regain the captain’s armband, Murty said: “I haven’t made that decision yet.”  Had he not been summoned to supervise the first team, Murty would have been with the under-20s against Liverpool - “I was, potentially, going to be standing on the side with Steven Gerrard,” he said – but will now have the distinction of being the first coach to be in charge of a Rangers side at Murrayfield. Out-of-favour captain Kenny Miller could be back playing under manager Murty  Credit: Getty Images  “I’ve never been there before,” he said. “I’ve seen some footage of it. The technical area looks like I’ll need to have a drinks station half way down it. “Other than that, the pitch is going to be the same so the players have to go and deal with the atmosphere. I’m in no doubt it’s going to be good as we’ve sold loads of tickets. The fans are travelling in their thousands so we need to make sure when the players walk onto the pitch they give them a right good performance.”  Hearts are smarting from defeat by Hibernian in the Edinburgh derby on Tuesday at Easter Road and are likely to be without midfielders, Don Cowie and Arnaud Djoum. Craig Levein’s side have won only one of their four most recent league fixtures but they beat St Johnstone at Murrayfield last weekend. Meanwhile, Derek McInnes, the Aberdeen manager who rejected an overture from Sunderland during the summer, was cool when asked about his status as one of the favourites to succeed Caixinha. “I’m very happy being here, as I’ve stated often enough,” he said. “I’ve been supposedly linked with clubs a couple of times and, in particular, with Rangers. I’m happy here and nothing changes.”

Graeme Murty wants his players' input as he resumes his role as go-to Rangers interim manager 

Graeme Murty has one outstanding credential as the Rangers board consider who they should appoint to succeed Pedro Caixinha as their next manager. The club’s Under-20 coach, who has become the go-to man when the directors need an interim boss, succeeded in a task which eluded both Caixinha and his predecessor, Mark Warburton. On March 12, he supervised the only Rangers team to deprive Celtic of league points since the Ibrox club returned to the top level of Scottish football in the summer of 2016. The former York City, Reading and Southampton defender, who will be in charge when Rangers meet Hearts at Murrayfield on Saturday, has only to close his eyes to prompt a torrent of impressions of that afternoon in the east end of Glasgow. Pedro Caixinha was sacked as Rangers manager on Thursday  Credit: PA “The colours, the sound, how vivid it is, still,” Murty said. “More than anything, the lessons I learned about myself and about this football club from that day. “I would be a Grade A fool not to draw on those. They have informed my practice and my development now. I will be using some of those things as I move forward in this role at the moment. “I learned that the players, when they walk onto that pitch, need to be together and to have a manner of playing, an identity and a togetherness. I need to be able to remove myself at times to give the players what they need. “That was difficult at Celtic Park, but it was something I’m really proud of that we did. It was a fantastic staff that I worked with and I am really grateful to them. That’s another good lesson - that I won’t be able to do this on my own.”  Asked if his second spell as caretake could promote his reputation with the Ibrox directors as they mull over their next move, Murty said: “I am in no position to comment because that is not my remit. To be honest, I am going to prepare a team for Saturday. The bigger questions will wait until later on or for people of a much-higher pay scale than myself. Ryan Jack (second left) is available for selection for Rangers after appealing his red card Credit: PA “If the players know anything from Friday’s training session, it’s that I want their input. Within the training session, within the dressing room, within the match-prep, they have to have a voice. I will reiterate it until people are bored of me – it’s about the players, not about me.”  In the aftermath of defeat by Motherwell in the Betfred Scottish League Cup semi-final and the shambolic 1-1 draw at home to Kilmarnock on Wednesday, Murty has selection difficulties to address, with Bruno Alves suspended and Graham Dorrans and Fabio Cardoso out because of injury. He will, however, be able to deploy Ryan Jack, who has appealed the red card shown to him against Kilmarnock, as well as Kenny Miller, who spent the final three weeks of Caixinha’s reign banished from the squad because he had fallen out of favour with the outgoing manager. “I wasn’t in, I didn’t see what was going on,” Murty said. “Kenny is fit, he is available.” Asked if Miller would regain the captain’s armband, Murty said: “I haven’t made that decision yet.”  Had he not been summoned to supervise the first team, Murty would have been with the under-20s against Liverpool - “I was, potentially, going to be standing on the side with Steven Gerrard,” he said – but will now have the distinction of being the first coach to be in charge of a Rangers side at Murrayfield. Out-of-favour captain Kenny Miller could be back playing under manager Murty  Credit: Getty Images  “I’ve never been there before,” he said. “I’ve seen some footage of it. The technical area looks like I’ll need to have a drinks station half way down it. “Other than that, the pitch is going to be the same so the players have to go and deal with the atmosphere. I’m in no doubt it’s going to be good as we’ve sold loads of tickets. The fans are travelling in their thousands so we need to make sure when the players walk onto the pitch they give them a right good performance.”  Hearts are smarting from defeat by Hibernian in the Edinburgh derby on Tuesday at Easter Road and are likely to be without midfielders, Don Cowie and Arnaud Djoum. Craig Levein’s side have won only one of their four most recent league fixtures but they beat St Johnstone at Murrayfield last weekend. Meanwhile, Derek McInnes, the Aberdeen manager who rejected an overture from Sunderland during the summer, was cool when asked about his status as one of the favourites to succeed Caixinha. “I’m very happy being here, as I’ve stated often enough,” he said. “I’ve been supposedly linked with clubs a couple of times and, in particular, with Rangers. I’m happy here and nothing changes.”

Graeme Murty wants his players' input as he resumes his role as go-to Rangers interim manager 

Graeme Murty has one outstanding credential as the Rangers board consider who they should appoint to succeed Pedro Caixinha as their next manager. The club’s Under-20 coach, who has become the go-to man when the directors need an interim boss, succeeded in a task which eluded both Caixinha and his predecessor, Mark Warburton. On March 12, he supervised the only Rangers team to deprive Celtic of league points since the Ibrox club returned to the top level of Scottish football in the summer of 2016. The former York City, Reading and Southampton defender, who will be in charge when Rangers meet Hearts at Murrayfield on Saturday, has only to close his eyes to prompt a torrent of impressions of that afternoon in the east end of Glasgow. Pedro Caixinha was sacked as Rangers manager on Thursday  Credit: PA “The colours, the sound, how vivid it is, still,” Murty said. “More than anything, the lessons I learned about myself and about this football club from that day. “I would be a Grade A fool not to draw on those. They have informed my practice and my development now. I will be using some of those things as I move forward in this role at the moment. “I learned that the players, when they walk onto that pitch, need to be together and to have a manner of playing, an identity and a togetherness. I need to be able to remove myself at times to give the players what they need. “That was difficult at Celtic Park, but it was something I’m really proud of that we did. It was a fantastic staff that I worked with and I am really grateful to them. That’s another good lesson - that I won’t be able to do this on my own.”  Asked if his second spell as caretake could promote his reputation with the Ibrox directors as they mull over their next move, Murty said: “I am in no position to comment because that is not my remit. To be honest, I am going to prepare a team for Saturday. The bigger questions will wait until later on or for people of a much-higher pay scale than myself. Ryan Jack (second left) is available for selection for Rangers after appealing his red card Credit: PA “If the players know anything from Friday’s training session, it’s that I want their input. Within the training session, within the dressing room, within the match-prep, they have to have a voice. I will reiterate it until people are bored of me – it’s about the players, not about me.”  In the aftermath of defeat by Motherwell in the Betfred Scottish League Cup semi-final and the shambolic 1-1 draw at home to Kilmarnock on Wednesday, Murty has selection difficulties to address, with Bruno Alves suspended and Graham Dorrans and Fabio Cardoso out because of injury. He will, however, be able to deploy Ryan Jack, who has appealed the red card shown to him against Kilmarnock, as well as Kenny Miller, who spent the final three weeks of Caixinha’s reign banished from the squad because he had fallen out of favour with the outgoing manager. “I wasn’t in, I didn’t see what was going on,” Murty said. “Kenny is fit, he is available.” Asked if Miller would regain the captain’s armband, Murty said: “I haven’t made that decision yet.”  Had he not been summoned to supervise the first team, Murty would have been with the under-20s against Liverpool - “I was, potentially, going to be standing on the side with Steven Gerrard,” he said – but will now have the distinction of being the first coach to be in charge of a Rangers side at Murrayfield. Out-of-favour captain Kenny Miller could be back playing under manager Murty  Credit: Getty Images  “I’ve never been there before,” he said. “I’ve seen some footage of it. The technical area looks like I’ll need to have a drinks station half way down it. “Other than that, the pitch is going to be the same so the players have to go and deal with the atmosphere. I’m in no doubt it’s going to be good as we’ve sold loads of tickets. The fans are travelling in their thousands so we need to make sure when the players walk onto the pitch they give them a right good performance.”  Hearts are smarting from defeat by Hibernian in the Edinburgh derby on Tuesday at Easter Road and are likely to be without midfielders, Don Cowie and Arnaud Djoum. Craig Levein’s side have won only one of their four most recent league fixtures but they beat St Johnstone at Murrayfield last weekend. Meanwhile, Derek McInnes, the Aberdeen manager who rejected an overture from Sunderland during the summer, was cool when asked about his status as one of the favourites to succeed Caixinha. “I’m very happy being here, as I’ve stated often enough,” he said. “I’ve been supposedly linked with clubs a couple of times and, in particular, with Rangers. I’m happy here and nothing changes.”

Rangers sack manager Pedro Caixinha after just seven months at Ibrox

Pedro Caixinha was the Buster Keaton of Scottish football during his 229 days at Ibrox. The most enduring image from his ill-starred period in charge was the sight of the Portuguese coach up to his knees in shrubbery, engaging with incensed supporters after Rangers’ worst-ever European result, a defeat by Progres Niederkorn of Luxembourg in the first qualifying round of the Europa League in July. Another farcical recollection was the moment during the most recent Old Firm match at Ibrox, when a sliding tackle by Josh Windass on Mikael Lustig also toppled the Rangers manager. That now seems entirely symbolic of the predicament of a character who had forfeited the loyalty of players whom he accused of embarrassing their club after Sunday’s defeat by Motherwell in the semi-finals of the Betfred Scottish League Cup. Caixinha’s appointment defied logic from the moment he was introduced as Mark Warburton’s successor in March. His managerial CV consisted of stints at Uniao Leiria and Nacional in his homeland, before he moved to Santos Laguna in Mexico and then, for two years from 2015, a spell at Al-Gharafa in Qatar. When he was paraded before the media on arrival at Ibrox it was disclosed that Caixinha had been hired to succeed Mark Warburton because his job interview had been the most impressive of any of the candidates. Alarm bells clanged, however, on his first day in charge, when he was asked what he would consider a plausible ambition for Rangers under his leadership. Caixinha replied: “We are talking about European trophies.” Soon the warnings were being sounded by klaxon, as he revealed his team selection for a league meeting with Kilmarnock in April, 30 hours before kick-off. The fixture ended in a goalless draw, one of the disfiguring results of Caixinha’s 26 games in charge, of which he won only 14. This was the same manager who, two weeks ago, complained bitterly that, ahead of a trip to St Johnstone on the final day of last season, a dressing room mole had leaked the Rangers line-up to the Perth side, an allegation rebutted by the Saints manager, Tommy Wright, with the rejoinder that Caixinha was ‘just someone who was paranoid.’ Graeme Murty will step up on an interim basis following Caixinha's departure Credit: PA The calibration of any Rangers manager’s performance which matters most to the Light Blue faithful is his record against Celtic. Caixinha’s first sight of his players in action was in an Old Firm derby at Parkhead when Graeme Murty, coach of the club’s under-20s, supervised a 1-1 draw against the odds. By contrast, Caixinha’s Old Firm blooding, a William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden Park ended in a defeat that was more comprehensive than the 2-0 outcome suggested. With a league meeting with Celtic due at Ibrox six days later, it was expected that the Rangers manager would attempt to remedy his side’s manifest defensive frailties. Instead, Caixinha deployed a midfield diamond, through which Celtic romped to secure a record derby victory at the home of their greatest rivals. Another unpalatable result was posted on May 17, when Rangers lost at home to Aberdeen for the first time in 26 years. The Rangers chairman, Dave King, subsequently declared that the setbacks had been part of a planned learning process for Caixinha, with the intended consequence of ensuring progress during Rangers’ return to European football for the first time since 2011, the year before the club was plunged into financial turmoil under Craig Whyte. King also declared that he and his fellow directors were content with Caixhina’s transfer dealings. That contention was made to look naive when Rangers’ competitive season opened with the humiliation by Progres Niedkorn, minuscule opponents who had never won a European tie. The domestic title campaign also began to go awry with a 3-2 home defeat by Hibernian followed by a goalless draw with Hearts at Ibrox. By the start of the recent international break, Caixinha had been branded as a manager who could not supervise three successive wins and his threadbare record worsened with Sunday’s loss to Motherwell in the semi-final of the Betfred Scottish League Cup. The single greatest indictment of Caixinha’s signing policy and motivational powers was the case of Carlos Pena, acquired from Mexican club, Leon, for a fee reportedly as high as £3.5 million. Pena looked a sorry figure in the 2-0 defeat by Celtic at Ibrox last month, by which time Caixinha had discounted any title ambitions Rangers might have nurtured. Pena continued to be selected while Kenny Miller was banished from the squad, the veteran striker having been blamed by Caixinha for leaking details of dressing room exchanges after the Old Firm defeat. Caixinha’s exit was the consequent of a slapstick finale when Rangers, leading 1-0 at home to Kilmarnock on Wednesday and having been awarded an injury time penalty kick, were reduced to 10 men by the dismissal of Ryan Jack for a scuffle off the ball, missed the spot kick and conceded an equaliser to Chris Burke – a former Ibrox player. The Rangers board’s brief statement lamented that results were “not commensurate with the level of investment that was made available.” Now they must remedy the consequence of their own misjudgement, a task made doubly difficult because Caixinha was allowed to empty their piggy bank. Buster Keaton’s most famous stunt saw him emerge unscathed as a house collapsed around him. Rangers’ fans must pray that Caixinha is not remembered for the same feat.

Rangers sack manager Pedro Caixinha after just seven months at Ibrox

Pedro Caixinha was the Buster Keaton of Scottish football during his 229 days at Ibrox. The most enduring image from his ill-starred period in charge was the sight of the Portuguese coach up to his knees in shrubbery, engaging with incensed supporters after Rangers’ worst-ever European result, a defeat by Progres Niederkorn of Luxembourg in the first qualifying round of the Europa League in July. Another farcical recollection was the moment during the most recent Old Firm match at Ibrox, when a sliding tackle by Josh Windass on Mikael Lustig also toppled the Rangers manager. That now seems entirely symbolic of the predicament of a character who had forfeited the loyalty of players whom he accused of embarrassing their club after Sunday’s defeat by Motherwell in the semi-finals of the Betfred Scottish League Cup. Caixinha’s appointment defied logic from the moment he was introduced as Mark Warburton’s successor in March. His managerial CV consisted of stints at Uniao Leiria and Nacional in his homeland, before he moved to Santos Laguna in Mexico and then, for two years from 2015, a spell at Al-Gharafa in Qatar. When he was paraded before the media on arrival at Ibrox it was disclosed that Caixinha had been hired to succeed Mark Warburton because his job interview had been the most impressive of any of the candidates. Alarm bells clanged, however, on his first day in charge, when he was asked what he would consider a plausible ambition for Rangers under his leadership. Caixinha replied: “We are talking about European trophies.” Soon the warnings were being sounded by klaxon, as he revealed his team selection for a league meeting with Kilmarnock in April, 30 hours before kick-off. The fixture ended in a goalless draw, one of the disfiguring results of Caixinha’s 26 games in charge, of which he won only 14. This was the same manager who, two weeks ago, complained bitterly that, ahead of a trip to St Johnstone on the final day of last season, a dressing room mole had leaked the Rangers line-up to the Perth side, an allegation rebutted by the Saints manager, Tommy Wright, with the rejoinder that Caixinha was ‘just someone who was paranoid.’ Graeme Murty will step up on an interim basis following Caixinha's departure Credit: PA The calibration of any Rangers manager’s performance which matters most to the Light Blue faithful is his record against Celtic. Caixinha’s first sight of his players in action was in an Old Firm derby at Parkhead when Graeme Murty, coach of the club’s under-20s, supervised a 1-1 draw against the odds. By contrast, Caixinha’s Old Firm blooding, a William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden Park ended in a defeat that was more comprehensive than the 2-0 outcome suggested. With a league meeting with Celtic due at Ibrox six days later, it was expected that the Rangers manager would attempt to remedy his side’s manifest defensive frailties. Instead, Caixinha deployed a midfield diamond, through which Celtic romped to secure a record derby victory at the home of their greatest rivals. Another unpalatable result was posted on May 17, when Rangers lost at home to Aberdeen for the first time in 26 years. The Rangers chairman, Dave King, subsequently declared that the setbacks had been part of a planned learning process for Caixinha, with the intended consequence of ensuring progress during Rangers’ return to European football for the first time since 2011, the year before the club was plunged into financial turmoil under Craig Whyte. King also declared that he and his fellow directors were content with Caixhina’s transfer dealings. That contention was made to look naive when Rangers’ competitive season opened with the humiliation by Progres Niedkorn, minuscule opponents who had never won a European tie. The domestic title campaign also began to go awry with a 3-2 home defeat by Hibernian followed by a goalless draw with Hearts at Ibrox. By the start of the recent international break, Caixinha had been branded as a manager who could not supervise three successive wins and his threadbare record worsened with Sunday’s loss to Motherwell in the semi-final of the Betfred Scottish League Cup. The single greatest indictment of Caixinha’s signing policy and motivational powers was the case of Carlos Pena, acquired from Mexican club, Leon, for a fee reportedly as high as £3.5 million. Pena looked a sorry figure in the 2-0 defeat by Celtic at Ibrox last month, by which time Caixinha had discounted any title ambitions Rangers might have nurtured. Pena continued to be selected while Kenny Miller was banished from the squad, the veteran striker having been blamed by Caixinha for leaking details of dressing room exchanges after the Old Firm defeat. Caixinha’s exit was the consequent of a slapstick finale when Rangers, leading 1-0 at home to Kilmarnock on Wednesday and having been awarded an injury time penalty kick, were reduced to 10 men by the dismissal of Ryan Jack for a scuffle off the ball, missed the spot kick and conceded an equaliser to Chris Burke – a former Ibrox player. The Rangers board’s brief statement lamented that results were “not commensurate with the level of investment that was made available.” Now they must remedy the consequence of their own misjudgement, a task made doubly difficult because Caixinha was allowed to empty their piggy bank. Buster Keaton’s most famous stunt saw him emerge unscathed as a house collapsed around him. Rangers’ fans must pray that Caixinha is not remembered for the same feat.

Aberdeen 0 Celtic 3: Moussa Dembele scores twice to dampen Dons' hopes of topping the table

As the Scottish Premiership title campaign edged past the quarter-way mark, Celtic produced a football masterclass to knock the heart out of Aberdeen, who were level on points with the defending champions at the start of the evening. To add to the pain felt by the home side, their status as unbeaten challengers had attracted a capacity crowd to Pittodrie, where an unseasonably mild evening by the edge of the North Sea added to the sense that an exceptional event might be at hand. Instead, with the chill efficiency of a Mafia hitman, Celtic dispatched the Dons with a double from Moussa Dembele and a delightful finish by Kieran Tierney, the best player on show. Celtic's Tierney was the stand out player of the night  Credit: PA This was Celtic’s third match in as many competitions, amounting to a definition of the need to use squad resources. Rodgers duly sprinkled the starting line-up with a seasoning of changes from the side which took care of Hibernian in the Betfred Scottish Cup semi-final on Saturday, with James Forrest replacing Patrick Roberts, Tom Rogic coming in for Scott Sinclair and Dembele leading the attack in place of Leigh Griffiths. Rogic’s inclusion was a virtual certainty given that, in Celtic’s six wins against Aberdeen last season, the Australian scored four of their 14 goals, including the last-minute winner in the William Hill Scottish Cup final at Hampden Park. Derek McInnes had to do without Ryan Christie against the midfielder’s parent club, but the hosts started well enough with Graeme Shinnie pushing up for a couple of brisk drives which were taken comfortably by Craig Gordon. Aberdeen were then undone by the first of two left hooks that would leave them reeling by half-time. The move began on the Celtic right and funnelled through Dembele, who whipped the ball through across the six-yard line and into the path of Tierney on the far side. The Manx full-back arrived like an express train to make contact for a crashing drive off the underside of the crossbar and into the far corner of the net beyond the stricken Joe Lewis. The impact of the strike unnerved Aberdeen, who stood off Celtic, making it all the harder to use possession effectively as their share of the ball diminished. Tierney then made another spectacular intervention, this time to repay Dembele for his supply of the opener. Yet again, Tierney’s turbocharged acceleration was decisive, as he burst past Shay Logan on the Aberdeen defender’s left, while knocking the ball around his right side, to dispatch a whipped cross to the far post where Dembele made an untidy contact which, nevertheless, was sufficient to see the ball cross the line and double Celtic’s advantage. Aberdeen were outclassed by a stellar Celtic side, losing three points to the defending Scottish Champions  Credit: PA Aberdeen’s inability to come to grips with the demands of the contest was encapsulated by the manner of their concession of Celtic’s third goal. Exasperated by the intricacies of Celtic’s passing, Scott McKenna clattered Dembele on the edge of the pitch and was booked. While Stuart Armstrong shaped to take the free kick, Boyata ambled towards the back post and, when the delivery duly arrived, the defender was unpoliced as he nodded the ball back across the goalmouth for Dembele to head beyond the inert Lewis.  Half an hour of play remained but the exodus of disenchanted home supporters had begun, a thoroughly dispiriting sight for an Aberdeen team who commenced the evening as notional title contenders. Match details  Aberdeen (4-1-3-2): Lewis; Logan, Arnason, McKenna, Considine; O’Connor; Mackay-Steven (Tansey 67), Shinnie, McLean; May (Maynard 77), Rooney (Wright 59). Subs: Rogers (g), Reynolds, Stewart, Ball. Booked: Arnason, Considine, O’Connor, McKenna. Celtic (4-2-3-1): Gordon; Lustig, Bitton, Boyata, Tierney; Brown, Armstrong; Forrest (Hayes 77), Rogic (Sinclair 72), McGregor; Dembele (Griffiths 82). Subs: De Vries (g), Ajer, Ntcham, Roberts. Referee: C Thomson.

Aberdeen 0 Celtic 3: Moussa Dembele scores twice to dampen Dons' hopes of topping the table

As the Scottish Premiership title campaign edged past the quarter-way mark, Celtic produced a football masterclass to knock the heart out of Aberdeen, who were level on points with the defending champions at the start of the evening. To add to the pain felt by the home side, their status as unbeaten challengers had attracted a capacity crowd to Pittodrie, where an unseasonably mild evening by the edge of the North Sea added to the sense that an exceptional event might be at hand. Instead, with the chill efficiency of a Mafia hitman, Celtic dispatched the Dons with a double from Moussa Dembele and a delightful finish by Kieran Tierney, the best player on show. Celtic's Tierney was the stand out player of the night  Credit: PA This was Celtic’s third match in as many competitions, amounting to a definition of the need to use squad resources. Rodgers duly sprinkled the starting line-up with a seasoning of changes from the side which took care of Hibernian in the Betfred Scottish Cup semi-final on Saturday, with James Forrest replacing Patrick Roberts, Tom Rogic coming in for Scott Sinclair and Dembele leading the attack in place of Leigh Griffiths. Rogic’s inclusion was a virtual certainty given that, in Celtic’s six wins against Aberdeen last season, the Australian scored four of their 14 goals, including the last-minute winner in the William Hill Scottish Cup final at Hampden Park. Derek McInnes had to do without Ryan Christie against the midfielder’s parent club, but the hosts started well enough with Graeme Shinnie pushing up for a couple of brisk drives which were taken comfortably by Craig Gordon. Aberdeen were then undone by the first of two left hooks that would leave them reeling by half-time. The move began on the Celtic right and funnelled through Dembele, who whipped the ball through across the six-yard line and into the path of Tierney on the far side. The Manx full-back arrived like an express train to make contact for a crashing drive off the underside of the crossbar and into the far corner of the net beyond the stricken Joe Lewis. The impact of the strike unnerved Aberdeen, who stood off Celtic, making it all the harder to use possession effectively as their share of the ball diminished. Tierney then made another spectacular intervention, this time to repay Dembele for his supply of the opener. Yet again, Tierney’s turbocharged acceleration was decisive, as he burst past Shay Logan on the Aberdeen defender’s left, while knocking the ball around his right side, to dispatch a whipped cross to the far post where Dembele made an untidy contact which, nevertheless, was sufficient to see the ball cross the line and double Celtic’s advantage. Aberdeen were outclassed by a stellar Celtic side, losing three points to the defending Scottish Champions  Credit: PA Aberdeen’s inability to come to grips with the demands of the contest was encapsulated by the manner of their concession of Celtic’s third goal. Exasperated by the intricacies of Celtic’s passing, Scott McKenna clattered Dembele on the edge of the pitch and was booked. While Stuart Armstrong shaped to take the free kick, Boyata ambled towards the back post and, when the delivery duly arrived, the defender was unpoliced as he nodded the ball back across the goalmouth for Dembele to head beyond the inert Lewis.  Half an hour of play remained but the exodus of disenchanted home supporters had begun, a thoroughly dispiriting sight for an Aberdeen team who commenced the evening as notional title contenders. Match details  Aberdeen (4-1-3-2): Lewis; Logan, Arnason, McKenna, Considine; O’Connor; Mackay-Steven (Tansey 67), Shinnie, McLean; May (Maynard 77), Rooney (Wright 59). Subs: Rogers (g), Reynolds, Stewart, Ball. Booked: Arnason, Considine, O’Connor, McKenna. Celtic (4-2-3-1): Gordon; Lustig, Bitton, Boyata, Tierney; Brown, Armstrong; Forrest (Hayes 77), Rogic (Sinclair 72), McGregor; Dembele (Griffiths 82). Subs: De Vries (g), Ajer, Ntcham, Roberts. Referee: C Thomson.

Aberdeen 0 Celtic 3: Moussa Dembele scores twice to dampen Dons' hopes of topping the table

As the Scottish Premiership title campaign edged past the quarter-way mark, Celtic produced a football masterclass to knock the heart out of Aberdeen, who were level on points with the defending champions at the start of the evening. To add to the pain felt by the home side, their status as unbeaten challengers had attracted a capacity crowd to Pittodrie, where an unseasonably mild evening by the edge of the North Sea added to the sense that an exceptional event might be at hand. Instead, with the chill efficiency of a Mafia hitman, Celtic dispatched the Dons with a double from Moussa Dembele and a delightful finish by Kieran Tierney, the best player on show. Celtic's Tierney was the stand out player of the night  Credit: PA This was Celtic’s third match in as many competitions, amounting to a definition of the need to use squad resources. Rodgers duly sprinkled the starting line-up with a seasoning of changes from the side which took care of Hibernian in the Betfred Scottish Cup semi-final on Saturday, with James Forrest replacing Patrick Roberts, Tom Rogic coming in for Scott Sinclair and Dembele leading the attack in place of Leigh Griffiths. Rogic’s inclusion was a virtual certainty given that, in Celtic’s six wins against Aberdeen last season, the Australian scored four of their 14 goals, including the last-minute winner in the William Hill Scottish Cup final at Hampden Park. Derek McInnes had to do without Ryan Christie against the midfielder’s parent club, but the hosts started well enough with Graeme Shinnie pushing up for a couple of brisk drives which were taken comfortably by Craig Gordon. Aberdeen were then undone by the first of two left hooks that would leave them reeling by half-time. The move began on the Celtic right and funnelled through Dembele, who whipped the ball through across the six-yard line and into the path of Tierney on the far side. The Manx full-back arrived like an express train to make contact for a crashing drive off the underside of the crossbar and into the far corner of the net beyond the stricken Joe Lewis. The impact of the strike unnerved Aberdeen, who stood off Celtic, making it all the harder to use possession effectively as their share of the ball diminished. Tierney then made another spectacular intervention, this time to repay Dembele for his supply of the opener. Yet again, Tierney’s turbocharged acceleration was decisive, as he burst past Shay Logan on the Aberdeen defender’s left, while knocking the ball around his right side, to dispatch a whipped cross to the far post where Dembele made an untidy contact which, nevertheless, was sufficient to see the ball cross the line and double Celtic’s advantage. Aberdeen were outclassed by a stellar Celtic side, losing three points to the defending Scottish Champions  Credit: PA Aberdeen’s inability to come to grips with the demands of the contest was encapsulated by the manner of their concession of Celtic’s third goal. Exasperated by the intricacies of Celtic’s passing, Scott McKenna clattered Dembele on the edge of the pitch and was booked. While Stuart Armstrong shaped to take the free kick, Boyata ambled towards the back post and, when the delivery duly arrived, the defender was unpoliced as he nodded the ball back across the goalmouth for Dembele to head beyond the inert Lewis.  Half an hour of play remained but the exodus of disenchanted home supporters had begun, a thoroughly dispiriting sight for an Aberdeen team who commenced the evening as notional title contenders. Match details  Aberdeen (4-1-3-2): Lewis; Logan, Arnason, McKenna, Considine; O’Connor; Mackay-Steven (Tansey 67), Shinnie, McLean; May (Maynard 77), Rooney (Wright 59). Subs: Rogers (g), Reynolds, Stewart, Ball. Booked: Arnason, Considine, O’Connor, McKenna. Celtic (4-2-3-1): Gordon; Lustig, Bitton, Boyata, Tierney; Brown, Armstrong; Forrest (Hayes 77), Rogic (Sinclair 72), McGregor; Dembele (Griffiths 82). Subs: De Vries (g), Ajer, Ntcham, Roberts. Referee: C Thomson.

Swansea City 0 Manchester United 2: Carabao Cup holders cruise through thanks to two-goal Jesse Lingard

After the chaos comes the calm. Taking place just four days after their Huddersfield humiliation, Manchester United’s trip to Swansea had threatened to plunge the club into even choppier waters, and not just because they were met with torrential downpours on their arrival at the Liberty Stadium. Instead, it turned into as smooth an evening as United manager Jose Mourinho could have hoped for on his 400th game in English football. Those storm clouds cleared just before kick-off, and United happily set about deconstructing a doleful Swansea outfit who, frankly, exuded the whiff of a side who know they have other, more pressing issues to be dealing with. But if the League Cup is indeed an afterthought, which Mourinho had implied when he suggested scrapping the competition last month, then Jesse Lingard, at least, must have missed the memo. Playing in the same central attacking position in which he struggled so evidently in that 2-1 defeat by Huddersfield at the weekend, Lingard found some form in spectacular fashion. Given the freedom to roam by his manager, and indeed the Swansea midfield, Lingard sprinkled his magic all over the park, scoring two excellent goals and tip-toeing around the field at will. Crisp: Jesse Lingard finished neatly after running on to a sweet ball from Marcus Rashford Credit: Getty That will provide some encouragement to Mourinho, as will the solidity of his back-line, which had been so imperious until their battering in West Yorkshire.  All the most important boxes, then, were happily ticked. There was even another brief run-out for the much-maligned Luke Shaw, making just his second appearance of the season. No wonder Mourinho described it as a “good day”. It is hard to draw too many conclusions from a night like this, though, when the placid atmosphere in the Swansea crowd was reflected among the players. Possession: Swansea vs Man Utd Swansea remain very much in the Premier League relegation mix, so a League Cup clash was never going to be a priority for Paul Clement. But he will surely not be happy with how obviously that showed. “From our point of view we just have to believe that a good result and good performance is round the corner,” said the Swansea manager, whose side lost 2-1 at home to Leicester City on Saturday and are level on points with 18th-placed Everton in the Premier League. “We have to show perseverance and determination to keep going at this difficult time that we are having.” Average touch positions (0 min) Between them, Clement and Mourinho made 15 changes from their respective league defeats. Mourinho did however opt for the same shape in which they finished the game against Huddersfield, with three central defenders at the back and Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial leading the line together. The first goal arrived after little more than 20 minutes. Ander Herrera found Rashford, who produced a gorgeous flick for the onrushing Lingard. Free from the attentions of anyone in white, he rolled in a smart finish. Axel Tuanzebe looks a real prospect. Confident, quick, comfortable on the ball and a real intelligence to his game. — Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) October 24, 2017 The second was similarly well-taken, as the 24-year-old buried a powerful header from just inside the penalty box after he was picked out by Matteo Darmian. They were only Lingard’s second and third goals of the season. “I have never got one like the second, so I am happy,” he said. “It all depends how the ball lands and the game you are in. They fell nicely to me today.” There were also impressive performances from 19-year-old defender Axel Tuanzebe and 20-year-old midfielder Scott McTominay. Experience v youth: Swansea City's Wayne Routledge is challenged by Manchester United's Axel Tuanzebe “I think they did well,” Mourinho said. “I would say Scott did very well because he was really comfortable and strong in midfield. “Since the first minute we felt we were in the game. We were comfortable on the pitch and the attitude was good." 10:01PM Arsenal beat Norwich 2-1 after extras All hail Eddie Nketiah! Saved Arsene's blushes there... 2035: "Few people know that before winning a record 15 ballons d'or at Man City, Eddie Nketiah began his career at former PL side Arsenal"— Nick Collins (@NicholasCollins) October 24, 2017 City and Wolves are going to eat the whole meal, it's still 0-0 deep into AET. 9:57PM We'll have Sam Dean's match report ASAP but we'll just stick with this live blog for a minute or two more to see if Arsenal can hold on. 9:53PM The hero of the hour I tell you what folks, if Eddie Nketiah DOESN'T win BBC Sports Personality of the Year after this I will be absolutely furious.— Gingers for Limpar (@Gingers4Limpar) October 24, 2017 9:49PM Arsenal have taken the lead! And it's Eddie Nketiah, heading in from close range. he scored the first almost as soon as he came on as a sub, now he's put his side ahead. Nice work Nketiah! 9:41PM Results Leicester 3 Leeds 1. The Foxes had to come back from a goal down there. Poor Roy Hodgson: his side have been spanked by lower-league opposition. Bristol City 4 Palace 1. Bournemouth 3 Boro 1 in what sounded like a close game. 9:40PM Arsenal and Norwich are playing extra time 1-1 there. 9:39PM Full time: Swansea City 0 Manchester United 2 Pretty routine stuff from United, they never looked stretched and once the second went in, it was all over to be honest. 9:37PM 90+ mins This match is done, and has been for some time, but Romero has just produced a blinding save to deny the Swansa consolation. That's the lot here. 9:36PM 90 mins Jack Wilshere had a chance to win it for the Arsenal but Angus Gunn in Norwich nets has kept it out with a good save. His dad Bryan will be proud, and one of Bryan Gunn's other former clubs are in good spirits tonight too: Hibs have beaten Hearts 1-0! 9:29PM 85 mins Martial comes off and Luke Shaw is coming on. He had 45 minutes in the previous round of this competition. Clearly being eased back in. All the signs seem to be that Mourinho does not fancy the player but perhaps that will change. 9:27PM 83 mins Bournemouth have extended their lead. Perhaps more significantly, Arsenal have levelled it against the Canaries. 9:26PM 82 mins Chapeau to Wolves, by the way, who are keeping Man City goalless. 9:24PM 81 mins Barring calamities, this is all wrapped up for United. Lingard looks to put the icing on the cake with a hat-trick, but has cracked his shot straight at the keeper. 9:23PM 78 mins Now Daley Blind goes into the referee's notebook. Wayne Routledge, who has been knocked about rather roughly this evening, was his victim. 9:22PM 76 mins Callum Wilson has scored for the Cherries. Spot kick. it's Bournemouth 2 Boro 1! 9:22PM 75 mins Young Tuanzebe blots his copybook though, with a foul on the edge of the United box that sees him booked and gives Swansea a handy freekick. Ayew hits the target. 9:18PM 74 mins Swans sub Tammy Abraham has lashed one at goal. Tipped over. 9:17PM 73 mins Fox Force Five! Or two, anyway. Islam Slimani has given Leicester the lead over Leeds. 9:14PM 70 mins Gary's impressed. Axel Tuanzebe looks a real prospect. Confident, quick, comfortable on the ball and a real intelligence to his game. — Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) October 24, 2017 And the lad nearly bundles one home after a run goes scrappy in the box.  9:13PM 65 mins Not a great sight for Swansea either, they don't look anything like getting back in this game, and here comes the cavalry. 66' - Double change for #MUFC - it's Matic and @RomeluLukaku9 on for @MarcusRashford and @AnderHerrera.— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 24, 2017 Lingard has a chance for the match ball but fluffs a decent chance on his weaker left foot.  9:11PM 62 mins Oh Roy! It's FOUR goals for Bristol City against Crystal Palace.  9:05PM 60 mins Elsewhere, it's 3-1 for Bristol City against Palace, no rest for the wicked thinks Roy Hodgson. Apparently they were making Icelandic HAROOO chants there earlier. Dear me. Boro and Bournemouth are locked at 1-1, as are Leicester and Leeds. Wolves fighting hard against Man City and it's 0-0 there with the second half underway. 9:04PM GOAL! United two up And it's a great goal! A sweeping, flamboyant break from United, a magnificent cross from Darmian and Jesse Lingard has scored a really excellent header. That goal would have lit up any game! Swansea 0 - 2 Man Utd (Jesse Lingard, 59 min) 9:02PM 55 mins Gosh, really very little tell you so far. A ball whizzes across the Swansea area but there is nobody there. This is how much Jose Mourinho is enjoying the evening. Wild thrill ride: Mourinho at Swansea 8:59PM 52 mins Rashford controls and spins away from Clucas, who chops him down. Accepts the yellow without complaint, as well he might: that was cut and dried. 8:58PM 50 mins Darmian has tangled with Mesa. Not been a classic so far, this second half. 8:56PM 48 mins More players in the wars, Routledge banging heads with Blind. 8:49PM 46 mins Back underway here. That Lindelof is not a United footballer. Again looks shaky. Tony Martial up for a header, falls and lands on Rangel's boot. Martial did not enjoy that one little bit. Boot in the back for his troubles. 8:46PM Sounds like Aguero is doing everything but score for City against Wolves. The Wolverhampton side clinging on gutsy like, 0-0 and half time is nearly due. 8:37PM In the other games Arsenal trail Norwich by 1-0. Bristol City have come from behind to lead Palace 2-1. Goalless at Bourn v Boro. One each for Leicester and Leeds. It's 0-0 between Citeh and Wolves but they kicked off at 8 8:33PM Here's where they've been touching it Average touch positions (half time) 8:32PM HALF TIME: Swansea City 0 Manchester United 1 Excellent goal, a lovely touch and crisp, calm finish. But this has been modest fare otherwise. Neither keeper breaking a sweat. Swansea vs Man Utd shots on goal 8:31PM 44 mins  Quiet period, McBurnie gets the ball, spins and shoots over. 8:29PM 43 mins Clucas with a run and shot. Curled wide, never really felt like a winning ticket. 8:28PM Bristol City have gone 2-1 up! They were trailing Palace but have fought back! 8:28PM 41 mins Decent move from United, it's cut back for young Scott McTominay, but he's not going to score many for the club if he shoots like that. 8:24PM 36 mins Olsson comes off, he's done his hamstring. Kyle Naughton comes on. Rangel has been booked, I think for some persistent fouling, the most recent example of which was trying to rugby tackle Tony Martial. 8:22PM 33 mins HA HA HA HA HA. Norwich have taken the lead at Arsenal. Oh dear. Lingard with an effort after an intricate move. Miss: Swansea 0 - 1 Man Utd (Jesse Lingard, 34 min) His colleagues think he ought to have done more with the shot, or not shot at all. 8:21PM 32 mins All happening up in the East Midlands. No sooner have Leeds taken the lead with a Pablo Hernandez cracker, Leicester are level when Kelechi Iheanacho breaks his Foxes duck with a curled equaliser. 8:18PM 31 mins Now Routledge bursts down the right and Tuanzebe is grabbing and nibbling at him. No pen. 8:18PM 30 mins Excellent movement from Swansea, their best spell of the match. Routledge runs, Lidelof tries to tackle and misses. Routledge was probably offside but not a great sign for United. Pressure: Swansea will be hoping to give this man further headaches in this evening's Carabao Cup game Credit: Reuters 8:16PM 29 mins Cross in from Ki. Blind attempts to head clear, but heads it at Swansea's McBurnie! Very nearly pings into the goal. And Bristol City are back on terms! 8:14PM 25 mins Rashford, looking a cut above in this company, drills a low freekick close. 8:09PM 23 mins Swansea look to hit back via Routlege, who is as always the most willing of runners. Caught offside. Palace have taken the lead v Bristol. 8:07PM GOAL! Man United take the lead This is a nice, direct, no fuss goal. Ball is drilled to Rashford a few yards into the Swansea half, he flicks it on with a lovely clever touch. And Lingard runs onto it, composes himself, and slots the ball home. Swansea 0 - 1 Man Utd (Jesse Lingard, 21 min) 8:05PM 20 mins Swansea were a little defensive to start with but it's even steven at the moment Possession: Swansea vs Man Utd 8:04PM 19 mins Corner from United. That's better handled by Swansea, Rangel hoofs clear. 8:03PM 17 mins Rangel tries to play in Routledge but it just over runs. Game is lacking a certain something thus far. 8:00PM 13 mins Lindelof with another individual error! He was at fault at the weekend, and he has let Ayew dance through! But he loses control. 8:00PM 12 mins Ball into Man United's box. They don't clear very efficiently. Soon, Swansea have a corner. "You're only here to see United," chant the away fans. It's a mystery as to why people don't like them, isn't it? 7:56PM 9 mins Two other Prem sides going close: Palace have hit the Bristol City bar; Bournemouth have the ball in Boro's net but the ref has blown. 7:55PM 7 mins Swansea with a decent corner in. That's cleared. 7:52PM 6 mins No goals in the other League Cup matches, but there is a goal up in Scotland where MIGHTY HIBERNIAN have taken the lead against the Jam Tarts. 7:52PM 5 mins United's second corner, Smalling again having the run of the place. Swansea making a meal of defending this. Cleared. 7:50PM 4 mins You could have driven a bus through the gaps in the Swansea defense and midfield during that Leicester match. They're not making that mistake so far tonight. Compact. Lots of men back. Lingard lashes a shot at goal after a nice move. Parried over. 7:47PM 1 mins We are underway here, Swansea in all white. United first to show, and they have an early corner. Smalling with a header! Skipper puts it wide. 7:45PM And here are United Credit: Sky Sports Football 7:44PM Here's the Swans Credit: Sky Sports Football 7:40PM Sam Dean at the Liberty Stadium United had to battle through a West Yorkshire storm in Saturday's defeat at Huddersfield, but they seem to have dodged the worst of the weather in Swansea tonight. For much of the early evening there was relentless, swirling rain, but it has completely cleared just in time for kick-off. Actually quite pleasant, really.  7:37PM Mourinho "People were upset after the last match and that is right. We don't come so far on a rainy day - with a big game coming up on Saturday that we could be preparing for - to throw away a match like we did last Saturday." 7:36PM Sensational giveaways at Arsenal Not sure why they complain the tickets are so pricey there. Free Gunner Mask for every reader; Granit Xhaka is already disguising himself as an Arsenal player Credit: Gerry Cox 7:26PM Sam at the stadium At a stormy Liberty Stadium for the visit of #MUFC tonight.Just the 15 changes between the two sides pic.twitter.com/i5IUrIXvDn— Sam Dean (@SamJDean) October 24, 2017 7:24PM More on the draw specialists EFL Cup is resembling a Pimp My Ride episodes where they make a car 'better' by covering it in fur and installing a pop-up hot dog maker.— Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) October 24, 2017 7:18PM Mourinho: the kids are alright etc "We thought some players needed a rest and some players deserve a start, especially the two young kids." Seven changes for #MUFC tonight! pic.twitter.com/vXkW54Uls9— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 24, 2017 7:18PM Major news from Arsenal where the PA man has badly upset the visiting East Anglians! Stadium announcer just called us Ipswich. Now this is personal. #arsevncfc— Steven Downes (@stevedownes1973) October 24, 2017 7:16PM Quick on the draw Carabao exec 1: We need to show the kids we're hip + on their level Carabao exec 2: I've got it, let's get Tuffers and Daws to do the draw https://t.co/5o2FS0upYk— Charlie Eccleshare (@CDEccleshare) October 24, 2017 7:05PM We'll try to keep you abreast of the other games tonight. There's half a dozen fixtures in this competition to say nothing of the Edinburgh derby about which may I just say: come on Hibs! 7:02PM United have worries of their own A win and a draw in their last two League games. Perhaps this will be a welcome relief. When the teams met here earlier in the season it was four nil to United, although that scoreline was perhaps a little harsh on the Welshmen: there were three goals in the last 10 minutes. 6:56PM Eight changes then for the hosts You'd say they are playing a weakened side, but having lost three of the last four in the League, perhaps shaking things up a bit isn't the end of the world. Some worrying defeats in that little run for the Swans: losing to fellow strugglers West Ham and Leicester, as well as Watford. The team they beat was promoted Huddersfield. Three points from those four fixtures does now augur well. 6:53PM And here are Swansea changes for the #Swans in the @Carabao_Cup tonight. Here’s how we will line up against @ManUtd… pic.twitter.com/bdxDrqmjhN— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) October 24, 2017 6:53PM Here are the teams: United first The team news is in! Here's the #MUFC starting XI to take on Swansea in the @Carabao_Cup... pic.twitter.com/qjjI3KRouU— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 24, 2017 6:41PM Just when you thought the Carbao Cup could not get any more essential Question of Sport duo to conduct #CarabaoCup quarter-final draw https://t.co/OX5MAWI6zT— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) October 24, 2017 6:41PM Good evening! Tyers here. 6:32PM Our preview What is it? It's the League Cup! What more could you possibly want? Specifically, it's a fourth round meeting between Swansea City FC and the red-favouring team from Manchester known, of course, as Manchester United. When is it? Tonight, that is Tuesday 24 October 2017. What time is kick-off? It's 19.45 BST. Yes, we are still inside the BST zone. What TV channel is it on? Tune your set top box or mobile viewing device to Sky Sports Football. Sky Sports Main Event will be showing this too. What is the team news? Victor Lindelof's display for Manchester United against Huddersfield could cost him a starting place in Tuesday's Carabao Cup trip to Swansea. Lindelof did not impress after coming on for the injured Phil Jones during Saturday's defeat and Jose Mourinho could choose to look at Axel Tuanzebe. Other changes are likely for the last-16 match, with Luke Shaw, Scott McTominay, Matteo Darmian, Sergio Romero and Daley Blind all under consideration. Provisional Man Utd squad: De Gea, Romero, Pereira, Valencia, Darmian, Tuanzebe, Lindelof, Smalling, Blind, Shaw, Young, Matic, Herrera, McTominay, Mata, Lingard, Mkhitaryan, Lukaku, Rashford, Martial. Who should Man Utd pick to face Swansea? Roque Mesa has started only three times since his £11million summer move from Las Palmas, but Swansea head coach Paul Clement confirmed that the midfielder will line up against United. Renato Sanches (thigh) is unavailable after joining Wilfried Bony (hamstring) and Kyle Bartley on the casualty list, while goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski is set to be rested. Provisional Swansea squad: Nordfeldt, Rangel, van der Hoorn, Mawson, Olsson, Mesa, Ki, Clucas, Dyer, Ayew, Abraham, Mulder, Naughton, Fernandez, Britton, Carroll, Narsingh, Fulton, Routledge, McBurnie. What are they saying? Juan Mata wants Manchester United to show unity as they look to bounce back from their lacklustre defeat at Huddersfield. United's first Premier League defeat of the season, a leaden-footed 2-1 reverse, saw manager Jose Mourinho tear into his side's "poor attitude" and lack of desire. But Mata, who was hooked at half-time at the John Smith's Stadium, has called for the team to pull together and return to the methods which saw them secure 10 wins and two draws from their previous 12 matches. Mata expects United to bounce back after their surprise defeat to Huddersfield Credit: ACTION IMAGES In his blog on the club's  website, the Spaniard wrote: "We knew this moment would arrive sooner or later, although that's something you never wish for, of course. "Now, it's time to learn from mistakes and keep going, as we always do, showing that the team sticks together when things don't go so well, which is when we need it most. "Since the European Super Cup defeat last summer, we've been performing really well against all kind of opponents. On Saturday, though, Huddersfield played their cards better than us and took all three points. All we can do now is congratulate them and move on. This is a not a sprint, but a marathon and there is still a long way to go. "Let's not forget that, before that game, we had got a good win in Lisbon. We beat a very good side in Benfica, a team with plenty of Champions League experience." "It's going to be a tough game," wrote Mata of the Swansea tie. "But, we are the reigning champions and we will try our best to win and keep moving forward. There's another big game next weekend, this time against Tottenham. "They're one of the most difficult teams to beat in the top-flight, and it's a key game for us to show all the virtues we have been talking about over the last two months." Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What are the odds? Swansea win: 6/1 Man Utd win: 8/15 Draw (after 90 mins): 17/2 What's our prediction? Swansea to make things difficult, but Man United settle it late in extra time. Swansea 2 Manchester United 3

Swansea City 0 Manchester United 2: Carabao Cup holders cruise through thanks to two-goal Jesse Lingard

After the chaos comes the calm. Taking place just four days after their Huddersfield humiliation, Manchester United’s trip to Swansea had threatened to plunge the club into even choppier waters, and not just because they were met with torrential downpours on their arrival at the Liberty Stadium. Instead, it turned into as smooth an evening as United manager Jose Mourinho could have hoped for on his 400th game in English football. Those storm clouds cleared just before kick-off, and United happily set about deconstructing a doleful Swansea outfit who, frankly, exuded the whiff of a side who know they have other, more pressing issues to be dealing with. But if the League Cup is indeed an afterthought, which Mourinho had implied when he suggested scrapping the competition last month, then Jesse Lingard, at least, must have missed the memo. Playing in the same central attacking position in which he struggled so evidently in that 2-1 defeat by Huddersfield at the weekend, Lingard found some form in spectacular fashion. Given the freedom to roam by his manager, and indeed the Swansea midfield, Lingard sprinkled his magic all over the park, scoring two excellent goals and tip-toeing around the field at will. Crisp: Jesse Lingard finished neatly after running on to a sweet ball from Marcus Rashford Credit: Getty That will provide some encouragement to Mourinho, as will the solidity of his back-line, which had been so imperious until their battering in West Yorkshire.  All the most important boxes, then, were happily ticked. There was even another brief run-out for the much-maligned Luke Shaw, making just his second appearance of the season. No wonder Mourinho described it as a “good day”. It is hard to draw too many conclusions from a night like this, though, when the placid atmosphere in the Swansea crowd was reflected among the players. Possession: Swansea vs Man Utd Swansea remain very much in the Premier League relegation mix, so a League Cup clash was never going to be a priority for Paul Clement. But he will surely not be happy with how obviously that showed. “From our point of view we just have to believe that a good result and good performance is round the corner,” said the Swansea manager, whose side lost 2-1 at home to Leicester City on Saturday and are level on points with 18th-placed Everton in the Premier League. “We have to show perseverance and determination to keep going at this difficult time that we are having.” Average touch positions (0 min) Between them, Clement and Mourinho made 15 changes from their respective league defeats. Mourinho did however opt for the same shape in which they finished the game against Huddersfield, with three central defenders at the back and Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial leading the line together. The first goal arrived after little more than 20 minutes. Ander Herrera found Rashford, who produced a gorgeous flick for the onrushing Lingard. Free from the attentions of anyone in white, he rolled in a smart finish. Axel Tuanzebe looks a real prospect. Confident, quick, comfortable on the ball and a real intelligence to his game. — Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) October 24, 2017 The second was similarly well-taken, as the 24-year-old buried a powerful header from just inside the penalty box after he was picked out by Matteo Darmian. They were only Lingard’s second and third goals of the season. “I have never got one like the second, so I am happy,” he said. “It all depends how the ball lands and the game you are in. They fell nicely to me today.” There were also impressive performances from 19-year-old defender Axel Tuanzebe and 20-year-old midfielder Scott McTominay. Experience v youth: Swansea City's Wayne Routledge is challenged by Manchester United's Axel Tuanzebe “I think they did well,” Mourinho said. “I would say Scott did very well because he was really comfortable and strong in midfield. “Since the first minute we felt we were in the game. We were comfortable on the pitch and the attitude was good." 10:01PM Arsenal beat Norwich 2-1 after extras All hail Eddie Nketiah! Saved Arsene's blushes there... 2035: "Few people know that before winning a record 15 ballons d'or at Man City, Eddie Nketiah began his career at former PL side Arsenal"— Nick Collins (@NicholasCollins) October 24, 2017 City and Wolves are going to eat the whole meal, it's still 0-0 deep into AET. 9:57PM We'll have Sam Dean's match report ASAP but we'll just stick with this live blog for a minute or two more to see if Arsenal can hold on. 9:53PM The hero of the hour I tell you what folks, if Eddie Nketiah DOESN'T win BBC Sports Personality of the Year after this I will be absolutely furious.— Gingers for Limpar (@Gingers4Limpar) October 24, 2017 9:49PM Arsenal have taken the lead! And it's Eddie Nketiah, heading in from close range. he scored the first almost as soon as he came on as a sub, now he's put his side ahead. Nice work Nketiah! 9:41PM Results Leicester 3 Leeds 1. The Foxes had to come back from a goal down there. Poor Roy Hodgson: his side have been spanked by lower-league opposition. Bristol City 4 Palace 1. Bournemouth 3 Boro 1 in what sounded like a close game. 9:40PM Arsenal and Norwich are playing extra time 1-1 there. 9:39PM Full time: Swansea City 0 Manchester United 2 Pretty routine stuff from United, they never looked stretched and once the second went in, it was all over to be honest. 9:37PM 90+ mins This match is done, and has been for some time, but Romero has just produced a blinding save to deny the Swansa consolation. That's the lot here. 9:36PM 90 mins Jack Wilshere had a chance to win it for the Arsenal but Angus Gunn in Norwich nets has kept it out with a good save. His dad Bryan will be proud, and one of Bryan Gunn's other former clubs are in good spirits tonight too: Hibs have beaten Hearts 1-0! 9:29PM 85 mins Martial comes off and Luke Shaw is coming on. He had 45 minutes in the previous round of this competition. Clearly being eased back in. All the signs seem to be that Mourinho does not fancy the player but perhaps that will change. 9:27PM 83 mins Bournemouth have extended their lead. Perhaps more significantly, Arsenal have levelled it against the Canaries. 9:26PM 82 mins Chapeau to Wolves, by the way, who are keeping Man City goalless. 9:24PM 81 mins Barring calamities, this is all wrapped up for United. Lingard looks to put the icing on the cake with a hat-trick, but has cracked his shot straight at the keeper. 9:23PM 78 mins Now Daley Blind goes into the referee's notebook. Wayne Routledge, who has been knocked about rather roughly this evening, was his victim. 9:22PM 76 mins Callum Wilson has scored for the Cherries. Spot kick. it's Bournemouth 2 Boro 1! 9:22PM 75 mins Young Tuanzebe blots his copybook though, with a foul on the edge of the United box that sees him booked and gives Swansea a handy freekick. Ayew hits the target. 9:18PM 74 mins Swans sub Tammy Abraham has lashed one at goal. Tipped over. 9:17PM 73 mins Fox Force Five! Or two, anyway. Islam Slimani has given Leicester the lead over Leeds. 9:14PM 70 mins Gary's impressed. Axel Tuanzebe looks a real prospect. Confident, quick, comfortable on the ball and a real intelligence to his game. — Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) October 24, 2017 And the lad nearly bundles one home after a run goes scrappy in the box.  9:13PM 65 mins Not a great sight for Swansea either, they don't look anything like getting back in this game, and here comes the cavalry. 66' - Double change for #MUFC - it's Matic and @RomeluLukaku9 on for @MarcusRashford and @AnderHerrera.— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 24, 2017 Lingard has a chance for the match ball but fluffs a decent chance on his weaker left foot.  9:11PM 62 mins Oh Roy! It's FOUR goals for Bristol City against Crystal Palace.  9:05PM 60 mins Elsewhere, it's 3-1 for Bristol City against Palace, no rest for the wicked thinks Roy Hodgson. Apparently they were making Icelandic HAROOO chants there earlier. Dear me. Boro and Bournemouth are locked at 1-1, as are Leicester and Leeds. Wolves fighting hard against Man City and it's 0-0 there with the second half underway. 9:04PM GOAL! United two up And it's a great goal! A sweeping, flamboyant break from United, a magnificent cross from Darmian and Jesse Lingard has scored a really excellent header. That goal would have lit up any game! Swansea 0 - 2 Man Utd (Jesse Lingard, 59 min) 9:02PM 55 mins Gosh, really very little tell you so far. A ball whizzes across the Swansea area but there is nobody there. This is how much Jose Mourinho is enjoying the evening. Wild thrill ride: Mourinho at Swansea 8:59PM 52 mins Rashford controls and spins away from Clucas, who chops him down. Accepts the yellow without complaint, as well he might: that was cut and dried. 8:58PM 50 mins Darmian has tangled with Mesa. Not been a classic so far, this second half. 8:56PM 48 mins More players in the wars, Routledge banging heads with Blind. 8:49PM 46 mins Back underway here. That Lindelof is not a United footballer. Again looks shaky. Tony Martial up for a header, falls and lands on Rangel's boot. Martial did not enjoy that one little bit. Boot in the back for his troubles. 8:46PM Sounds like Aguero is doing everything but score for City against Wolves. The Wolverhampton side clinging on gutsy like, 0-0 and half time is nearly due. 8:37PM In the other games Arsenal trail Norwich by 1-0. Bristol City have come from behind to lead Palace 2-1. Goalless at Bourn v Boro. One each for Leicester and Leeds. It's 0-0 between Citeh and Wolves but they kicked off at 8 8:33PM Here's where they've been touching it Average touch positions (half time) 8:32PM HALF TIME: Swansea City 0 Manchester United 1 Excellent goal, a lovely touch and crisp, calm finish. But this has been modest fare otherwise. Neither keeper breaking a sweat. Swansea vs Man Utd shots on goal 8:31PM 44 mins  Quiet period, McBurnie gets the ball, spins and shoots over. 8:29PM 43 mins Clucas with a run and shot. Curled wide, never really felt like a winning ticket. 8:28PM Bristol City have gone 2-1 up! They were trailing Palace but have fought back! 8:28PM 41 mins Decent move from United, it's cut back for young Scott McTominay, but he's not going to score many for the club if he shoots like that. 8:24PM 36 mins Olsson comes off, he's done his hamstring. Kyle Naughton comes on. Rangel has been booked, I think for some persistent fouling, the most recent example of which was trying to rugby tackle Tony Martial. 8:22PM 33 mins HA HA HA HA HA. Norwich have taken the lead at Arsenal. Oh dear. Lingard with an effort after an intricate move. Miss: Swansea 0 - 1 Man Utd (Jesse Lingard, 34 min) His colleagues think he ought to have done more with the shot, or not shot at all. 8:21PM 32 mins All happening up in the East Midlands. No sooner have Leeds taken the lead with a Pablo Hernandez cracker, Leicester are level when Kelechi Iheanacho breaks his Foxes duck with a curled equaliser. 8:18PM 31 mins Now Routledge bursts down the right and Tuanzebe is grabbing and nibbling at him. No pen. 8:18PM 30 mins Excellent movement from Swansea, their best spell of the match. Routledge runs, Lidelof tries to tackle and misses. Routledge was probably offside but not a great sign for United. Pressure: Swansea will be hoping to give this man further headaches in this evening's Carabao Cup game Credit: Reuters 8:16PM 29 mins Cross in from Ki. Blind attempts to head clear, but heads it at Swansea's McBurnie! Very nearly pings into the goal. And Bristol City are back on terms! 8:14PM 25 mins Rashford, looking a cut above in this company, drills a low freekick close. 8:09PM 23 mins Swansea look to hit back via Routlege, who is as always the most willing of runners. Caught offside. Palace have taken the lead v Bristol. 8:07PM GOAL! Man United take the lead This is a nice, direct, no fuss goal. Ball is drilled to Rashford a few yards into the Swansea half, he flicks it on with a lovely clever touch. And Lingard runs onto it, composes himself, and slots the ball home. Swansea 0 - 1 Man Utd (Jesse Lingard, 21 min) 8:05PM 20 mins Swansea were a little defensive to start with but it's even steven at the moment Possession: Swansea vs Man Utd 8:04PM 19 mins Corner from United. That's better handled by Swansea, Rangel hoofs clear. 8:03PM 17 mins Rangel tries to play in Routledge but it just over runs. Game is lacking a certain something thus far. 8:00PM 13 mins Lindelof with another individual error! He was at fault at the weekend, and he has let Ayew dance through! But he loses control. 8:00PM 12 mins Ball into Man United's box. They don't clear very efficiently. Soon, Swansea have a corner. "You're only here to see United," chant the away fans. It's a mystery as to why people don't like them, isn't it? 7:56PM 9 mins Two other Prem sides going close: Palace have hit the Bristol City bar; Bournemouth have the ball in Boro's net but the ref has blown. 7:55PM 7 mins Swansea with a decent corner in. That's cleared. 7:52PM 6 mins No goals in the other League Cup matches, but there is a goal up in Scotland where MIGHTY HIBERNIAN have taken the lead against the Jam Tarts. 7:52PM 5 mins United's second corner, Smalling again having the run of the place. Swansea making a meal of defending this. Cleared. 7:50PM 4 mins You could have driven a bus through the gaps in the Swansea defense and midfield during that Leicester match. They're not making that mistake so far tonight. Compact. Lots of men back. Lingard lashes a shot at goal after a nice move. Parried over. 7:47PM 1 mins We are underway here, Swansea in all white. United first to show, and they have an early corner. Smalling with a header! Skipper puts it wide. 7:45PM And here are United Credit: Sky Sports Football 7:44PM Here's the Swans Credit: Sky Sports Football 7:40PM Sam Dean at the Liberty Stadium United had to battle through a West Yorkshire storm in Saturday's defeat at Huddersfield, but they seem to have dodged the worst of the weather in Swansea tonight. For much of the early evening there was relentless, swirling rain, but it has completely cleared just in time for kick-off. Actually quite pleasant, really.  7:37PM Mourinho "People were upset after the last match and that is right. We don't come so far on a rainy day - with a big game coming up on Saturday that we could be preparing for - to throw away a match like we did last Saturday." 7:36PM Sensational giveaways at Arsenal Not sure why they complain the tickets are so pricey there. Free Gunner Mask for every reader; Granit Xhaka is already disguising himself as an Arsenal player Credit: Gerry Cox 7:26PM Sam at the stadium At a stormy Liberty Stadium for the visit of #MUFC tonight.Just the 15 changes between the two sides pic.twitter.com/i5IUrIXvDn— Sam Dean (@SamJDean) October 24, 2017 7:24PM More on the draw specialists EFL Cup is resembling a Pimp My Ride episodes where they make a car 'better' by covering it in fur and installing a pop-up hot dog maker.— Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) October 24, 2017 7:18PM Mourinho: the kids are alright etc "We thought some players needed a rest and some players deserve a start, especially the two young kids." Seven changes for #MUFC tonight! pic.twitter.com/vXkW54Uls9— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 24, 2017 7:18PM Major news from Arsenal where the PA man has badly upset the visiting East Anglians! Stadium announcer just called us Ipswich. Now this is personal. #arsevncfc— Steven Downes (@stevedownes1973) October 24, 2017 7:16PM Quick on the draw Carabao exec 1: We need to show the kids we're hip + on their level Carabao exec 2: I've got it, let's get Tuffers and Daws to do the draw https://t.co/5o2FS0upYk— Charlie Eccleshare (@CDEccleshare) October 24, 2017 7:05PM We'll try to keep you abreast of the other games tonight. There's half a dozen fixtures in this competition to say nothing of the Edinburgh derby about which may I just say: come on Hibs! 7:02PM United have worries of their own A win and a draw in their last two League games. Perhaps this will be a welcome relief. When the teams met here earlier in the season it was four nil to United, although that scoreline was perhaps a little harsh on the Welshmen: there were three goals in the last 10 minutes. 6:56PM Eight changes then for the hosts You'd say they are playing a weakened side, but having lost three of the last four in the League, perhaps shaking things up a bit isn't the end of the world. Some worrying defeats in that little run for the Swans: losing to fellow strugglers West Ham and Leicester, as well as Watford. The team they beat was promoted Huddersfield. Three points from those four fixtures does now augur well. 6:53PM And here are Swansea changes for the #Swans in the @Carabao_Cup tonight. Here’s how we will line up against @ManUtd… pic.twitter.com/bdxDrqmjhN— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) October 24, 2017 6:53PM Here are the teams: United first The team news is in! Here's the #MUFC starting XI to take on Swansea in the @Carabao_Cup... pic.twitter.com/qjjI3KRouU— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 24, 2017 6:41PM Just when you thought the Carbao Cup could not get any more essential Question of Sport duo to conduct #CarabaoCup quarter-final draw https://t.co/OX5MAWI6zT— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) October 24, 2017 6:41PM Good evening! Tyers here. 6:32PM Our preview What is it? It's the League Cup! What more could you possibly want? Specifically, it's a fourth round meeting between Swansea City FC and the red-favouring team from Manchester known, of course, as Manchester United. When is it? Tonight, that is Tuesday 24 October 2017. What time is kick-off? It's 19.45 BST. Yes, we are still inside the BST zone. What TV channel is it on? Tune your set top box or mobile viewing device to Sky Sports Football. Sky Sports Main Event will be showing this too. What is the team news? Victor Lindelof's display for Manchester United against Huddersfield could cost him a starting place in Tuesday's Carabao Cup trip to Swansea. Lindelof did not impress after coming on for the injured Phil Jones during Saturday's defeat and Jose Mourinho could choose to look at Axel Tuanzebe. Other changes are likely for the last-16 match, with Luke Shaw, Scott McTominay, Matteo Darmian, Sergio Romero and Daley Blind all under consideration. Provisional Man Utd squad: De Gea, Romero, Pereira, Valencia, Darmian, Tuanzebe, Lindelof, Smalling, Blind, Shaw, Young, Matic, Herrera, McTominay, Mata, Lingard, Mkhitaryan, Lukaku, Rashford, Martial. Who should Man Utd pick to face Swansea? Roque Mesa has started only three times since his £11million summer move from Las Palmas, but Swansea head coach Paul Clement confirmed that the midfielder will line up against United. Renato Sanches (thigh) is unavailable after joining Wilfried Bony (hamstring) and Kyle Bartley on the casualty list, while goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski is set to be rested. Provisional Swansea squad: Nordfeldt, Rangel, van der Hoorn, Mawson, Olsson, Mesa, Ki, Clucas, Dyer, Ayew, Abraham, Mulder, Naughton, Fernandez, Britton, Carroll, Narsingh, Fulton, Routledge, McBurnie. What are they saying? Juan Mata wants Manchester United to show unity as they look to bounce back from their lacklustre defeat at Huddersfield. United's first Premier League defeat of the season, a leaden-footed 2-1 reverse, saw manager Jose Mourinho tear into his side's "poor attitude" and lack of desire. But Mata, who was hooked at half-time at the John Smith's Stadium, has called for the team to pull together and return to the methods which saw them secure 10 wins and two draws from their previous 12 matches. Mata expects United to bounce back after their surprise defeat to Huddersfield Credit: ACTION IMAGES In his blog on the club's  website, the Spaniard wrote: "We knew this moment would arrive sooner or later, although that's something you never wish for, of course. "Now, it's time to learn from mistakes and keep going, as we always do, showing that the team sticks together when things don't go so well, which is when we need it most. "Since the European Super Cup defeat last summer, we've been performing really well against all kind of opponents. On Saturday, though, Huddersfield played their cards better than us and took all three points. All we can do now is congratulate them and move on. This is a not a sprint, but a marathon and there is still a long way to go. "Let's not forget that, before that game, we had got a good win in Lisbon. We beat a very good side in Benfica, a team with plenty of Champions League experience." "It's going to be a tough game," wrote Mata of the Swansea tie. "But, we are the reigning champions and we will try our best to win and keep moving forward. There's another big game next weekend, this time against Tottenham. "They're one of the most difficult teams to beat in the top-flight, and it's a key game for us to show all the virtues we have been talking about over the last two months." Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What are the odds? Swansea win: 6/1 Man Utd win: 8/15 Draw (after 90 mins): 17/2 What's our prediction? Swansea to make things difficult, but Man United settle it late in extra time. Swansea 2 Manchester United 3

Swansea City 0 Manchester United 2: Carabao Cup holders cruise through thanks to two-goal Jesse Lingard

After the chaos comes the calm. Taking place just four days after their Huddersfield humiliation, Manchester United’s trip to Swansea had threatened to plunge the club into even choppier waters, and not just because they were met with torrential downpours on their arrival at the Liberty Stadium. Instead, it turned into as smooth an evening as United manager Jose Mourinho could have hoped for on his 400th game in English football. Those storm clouds cleared just before kick-off, and United happily set about deconstructing a doleful Swansea outfit who, frankly, exuded the whiff of a side who know they have other, more pressing issues to be dealing with. But if the League Cup is indeed an afterthought, which Mourinho had implied when he suggested scrapping the competition last month, then Jesse Lingard, at least, must have missed the memo. Playing in the same central attacking position in which he struggled so evidently in that 2-1 defeat by Huddersfield at the weekend, Lingard found some form in spectacular fashion. Given the freedom to roam by his manager, and indeed the Swansea midfield, Lingard sprinkled his magic all over the park, scoring two excellent goals and tip-toeing around the field at will. Crisp: Jesse Lingard finished neatly after running on to a sweet ball from Marcus Rashford Credit: Getty That will provide some encouragement to Mourinho, as will the solidity of his back-line, which had been so imperious until their battering in West Yorkshire.  All the most important boxes, then, were happily ticked. There was even another brief run-out for the much-maligned Luke Shaw, making just his second appearance of the season. No wonder Mourinho described it as a “good day”. It is hard to draw too many conclusions from a night like this, though, when the placid atmosphere in the Swansea crowd was reflected among the players. Possession: Swansea vs Man Utd Swansea remain very much in the Premier League relegation mix, so a League Cup clash was never going to be a priority for Paul Clement. But he will surely not be happy with how obviously that showed. “From our point of view we just have to believe that a good result and good performance is round the corner,” said the Swansea manager, whose side lost 2-1 at home to Leicester City on Saturday and are level on points with 18th-placed Everton in the Premier League. “We have to show perseverance and determination to keep going at this difficult time that we are having.” Average touch positions (0 min) Between them, Clement and Mourinho made 15 changes from their respective league defeats. Mourinho did however opt for the same shape in which they finished the game against Huddersfield, with three central defenders at the back and Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial leading the line together. The first goal arrived after little more than 20 minutes. Ander Herrera found Rashford, who produced a gorgeous flick for the onrushing Lingard. Free from the attentions of anyone in white, he rolled in a smart finish. Axel Tuanzebe looks a real prospect. Confident, quick, comfortable on the ball and a real intelligence to his game. — Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) October 24, 2017 The second was similarly well-taken, as the 24-year-old buried a powerful header from just inside the penalty box after he was picked out by Matteo Darmian. They were only Lingard’s second and third goals of the season. “I have never got one like the second, so I am happy,” he said. “It all depends how the ball lands and the game you are in. They fell nicely to me today.” There were also impressive performances from 19-year-old defender Axel Tuanzebe and 20-year-old midfielder Scott McTominay. Experience v youth: Swansea City's Wayne Routledge is challenged by Manchester United's Axel Tuanzebe “I think they did well,” Mourinho said. “I would say Scott did very well because he was really comfortable and strong in midfield. “Since the first minute we felt we were in the game. We were comfortable on the pitch and the attitude was good." 10:01PM Arsenal beat Norwich 2-1 after extras All hail Eddie Nketiah! Saved Arsene's blushes there... 2035: "Few people know that before winning a record 15 ballons d'or at Man City, Eddie Nketiah began his career at former PL side Arsenal"— Nick Collins (@NicholasCollins) October 24, 2017 City and Wolves are going to eat the whole meal, it's still 0-0 deep into AET. 9:57PM We'll have Sam Dean's match report ASAP but we'll just stick with this live blog for a minute or two more to see if Arsenal can hold on. 9:53PM The hero of the hour I tell you what folks, if Eddie Nketiah DOESN'T win BBC Sports Personality of the Year after this I will be absolutely furious.— Gingers for Limpar (@Gingers4Limpar) October 24, 2017 9:49PM Arsenal have taken the lead! And it's Eddie Nketiah, heading in from close range. he scored the first almost as soon as he came on as a sub, now he's put his side ahead. Nice work Nketiah! 9:41PM Results Leicester 3 Leeds 1. The Foxes had to come back from a goal down there. Poor Roy Hodgson: his side have been spanked by lower-league opposition. Bristol City 4 Palace 1. Bournemouth 3 Boro 1 in what sounded like a close game. 9:40PM Arsenal and Norwich are playing extra time 1-1 there. 9:39PM Full time: Swansea City 0 Manchester United 2 Pretty routine stuff from United, they never looked stretched and once the second went in, it was all over to be honest. 9:37PM 90+ mins This match is done, and has been for some time, but Romero has just produced a blinding save to deny the Swansa consolation. That's the lot here. 9:36PM 90 mins Jack Wilshere had a chance to win it for the Arsenal but Angus Gunn in Norwich nets has kept it out with a good save. His dad Bryan will be proud, and one of Bryan Gunn's other former clubs are in good spirits tonight too: Hibs have beaten Hearts 1-0! 9:29PM 85 mins Martial comes off and Luke Shaw is coming on. He had 45 minutes in the previous round of this competition. Clearly being eased back in. All the signs seem to be that Mourinho does not fancy the player but perhaps that will change. 9:27PM 83 mins Bournemouth have extended their lead. Perhaps more significantly, Arsenal have levelled it against the Canaries. 9:26PM 82 mins Chapeau to Wolves, by the way, who are keeping Man City goalless. 9:24PM 81 mins Barring calamities, this is all wrapped up for United. Lingard looks to put the icing on the cake with a hat-trick, but has cracked his shot straight at the keeper. 9:23PM 78 mins Now Daley Blind goes into the referee's notebook. Wayne Routledge, who has been knocked about rather roughly this evening, was his victim. 9:22PM 76 mins Callum Wilson has scored for the Cherries. Spot kick. it's Bournemouth 2 Boro 1! 9:22PM 75 mins Young Tuanzebe blots his copybook though, with a foul on the edge of the United box that sees him booked and gives Swansea a handy freekick. Ayew hits the target. 9:18PM 74 mins Swans sub Tammy Abraham has lashed one at goal. Tipped over. 9:17PM 73 mins Fox Force Five! Or two, anyway. Islam Slimani has given Leicester the lead over Leeds. 9:14PM 70 mins Gary's impressed. Axel Tuanzebe looks a real prospect. Confident, quick, comfortable on the ball and a real intelligence to his game. — Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) October 24, 2017 And the lad nearly bundles one home after a run goes scrappy in the box.  9:13PM 65 mins Not a great sight for Swansea either, they don't look anything like getting back in this game, and here comes the cavalry. 66' - Double change for #MUFC - it's Matic and @RomeluLukaku9 on for @MarcusRashford and @AnderHerrera.— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 24, 2017 Lingard has a chance for the match ball but fluffs a decent chance on his weaker left foot.  9:11PM 62 mins Oh Roy! It's FOUR goals for Bristol City against Crystal Palace.  9:05PM 60 mins Elsewhere, it's 3-1 for Bristol City against Palace, no rest for the wicked thinks Roy Hodgson. Apparently they were making Icelandic HAROOO chants there earlier. Dear me. Boro and Bournemouth are locked at 1-1, as are Leicester and Leeds. Wolves fighting hard against Man City and it's 0-0 there with the second half underway. 9:04PM GOAL! United two up And it's a great goal! A sweeping, flamboyant break from United, a magnificent cross from Darmian and Jesse Lingard has scored a really excellent header. That goal would have lit up any game! Swansea 0 - 2 Man Utd (Jesse Lingard, 59 min) 9:02PM 55 mins Gosh, really very little tell you so far. A ball whizzes across the Swansea area but there is nobody there. This is how much Jose Mourinho is enjoying the evening. Wild thrill ride: Mourinho at Swansea 8:59PM 52 mins Rashford controls and spins away from Clucas, who chops him down. Accepts the yellow without complaint, as well he might: that was cut and dried. 8:58PM 50 mins Darmian has tangled with Mesa. Not been a classic so far, this second half. 8:56PM 48 mins More players in the wars, Routledge banging heads with Blind. 8:49PM 46 mins Back underway here. That Lindelof is not a United footballer. Again looks shaky. Tony Martial up for a header, falls and lands on Rangel's boot. Martial did not enjoy that one little bit. Boot in the back for his troubles. 8:46PM Sounds like Aguero is doing everything but score for City against Wolves. The Wolverhampton side clinging on gutsy like, 0-0 and half time is nearly due. 8:37PM In the other games Arsenal trail Norwich by 1-0. Bristol City have come from behind to lead Palace 2-1. Goalless at Bourn v Boro. One each for Leicester and Leeds. It's 0-0 between Citeh and Wolves but they kicked off at 8 8:33PM Here's where they've been touching it Average touch positions (half time) 8:32PM HALF TIME: Swansea City 0 Manchester United 1 Excellent goal, a lovely touch and crisp, calm finish. But this has been modest fare otherwise. Neither keeper breaking a sweat. Swansea vs Man Utd shots on goal 8:31PM 44 mins  Quiet period, McBurnie gets the ball, spins and shoots over. 8:29PM 43 mins Clucas with a run and shot. Curled wide, never really felt like a winning ticket. 8:28PM Bristol City have gone 2-1 up! They were trailing Palace but have fought back! 8:28PM 41 mins Decent move from United, it's cut back for young Scott McTominay, but he's not going to score many for the club if he shoots like that. 8:24PM 36 mins Olsson comes off, he's done his hamstring. Kyle Naughton comes on. Rangel has been booked, I think for some persistent fouling, the most recent example of which was trying to rugby tackle Tony Martial. 8:22PM 33 mins HA HA HA HA HA. Norwich have taken the lead at Arsenal. Oh dear. Lingard with an effort after an intricate move. Miss: Swansea 0 - 1 Man Utd (Jesse Lingard, 34 min) His colleagues think he ought to have done more with the shot, or not shot at all. 8:21PM 32 mins All happening up in the East Midlands. No sooner have Leeds taken the lead with a Pablo Hernandez cracker, Leicester are level when Kelechi Iheanacho breaks his Foxes duck with a curled equaliser. 8:18PM 31 mins Now Routledge bursts down the right and Tuanzebe is grabbing and nibbling at him. No pen. 8:18PM 30 mins Excellent movement from Swansea, their best spell of the match. Routledge runs, Lidelof tries to tackle and misses. Routledge was probably offside but not a great sign for United. Pressure: Swansea will be hoping to give this man further headaches in this evening's Carabao Cup game Credit: Reuters 8:16PM 29 mins Cross in from Ki. Blind attempts to head clear, but heads it at Swansea's McBurnie! Very nearly pings into the goal. And Bristol City are back on terms! 8:14PM 25 mins Rashford, looking a cut above in this company, drills a low freekick close. 8:09PM 23 mins Swansea look to hit back via Routlege, who is as always the most willing of runners. Caught offside. Palace have taken the lead v Bristol. 8:07PM GOAL! Man United take the lead This is a nice, direct, no fuss goal. Ball is drilled to Rashford a few yards into the Swansea half, he flicks it on with a lovely clever touch. And Lingard runs onto it, composes himself, and slots the ball home. Swansea 0 - 1 Man Utd (Jesse Lingard, 21 min) 8:05PM 20 mins Swansea were a little defensive to start with but it's even steven at the moment Possession: Swansea vs Man Utd 8:04PM 19 mins Corner from United. That's better handled by Swansea, Rangel hoofs clear. 8:03PM 17 mins Rangel tries to play in Routledge but it just over runs. Game is lacking a certain something thus far. 8:00PM 13 mins Lindelof with another individual error! He was at fault at the weekend, and he has let Ayew dance through! But he loses control. 8:00PM 12 mins Ball into Man United's box. They don't clear very efficiently. Soon, Swansea have a corner. "You're only here to see United," chant the away fans. It's a mystery as to why people don't like them, isn't it? 7:56PM 9 mins Two other Prem sides going close: Palace have hit the Bristol City bar; Bournemouth have the ball in Boro's net but the ref has blown. 7:55PM 7 mins Swansea with a decent corner in. That's cleared. 7:52PM 6 mins No goals in the other League Cup matches, but there is a goal up in Scotland where MIGHTY HIBERNIAN have taken the lead against the Jam Tarts. 7:52PM 5 mins United's second corner, Smalling again having the run of the place. Swansea making a meal of defending this. Cleared. 7:50PM 4 mins You could have driven a bus through the gaps in the Swansea defense and midfield during that Leicester match. They're not making that mistake so far tonight. Compact. Lots of men back. Lingard lashes a shot at goal after a nice move. Parried over. 7:47PM 1 mins We are underway here, Swansea in all white. United first to show, and they have an early corner. Smalling with a header! Skipper puts it wide. 7:45PM And here are United Credit: Sky Sports Football 7:44PM Here's the Swans Credit: Sky Sports Football 7:40PM Sam Dean at the Liberty Stadium United had to battle through a West Yorkshire storm in Saturday's defeat at Huddersfield, but they seem to have dodged the worst of the weather in Swansea tonight. For much of the early evening there was relentless, swirling rain, but it has completely cleared just in time for kick-off. Actually quite pleasant, really.  7:37PM Mourinho "People were upset after the last match and that is right. We don't come so far on a rainy day - with a big game coming up on Saturday that we could be preparing for - to throw away a match like we did last Saturday." 7:36PM Sensational giveaways at Arsenal Not sure why they complain the tickets are so pricey there. Free Gunner Mask for every reader; Granit Xhaka is already disguising himself as an Arsenal player Credit: Gerry Cox 7:26PM Sam at the stadium At a stormy Liberty Stadium for the visit of #MUFC tonight.Just the 15 changes between the two sides pic.twitter.com/i5IUrIXvDn— Sam Dean (@SamJDean) October 24, 2017 7:24PM More on the draw specialists EFL Cup is resembling a Pimp My Ride episodes where they make a car 'better' by covering it in fur and installing a pop-up hot dog maker.— Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) October 24, 2017 7:18PM Mourinho: the kids are alright etc "We thought some players needed a rest and some players deserve a start, especially the two young kids." Seven changes for #MUFC tonight! pic.twitter.com/vXkW54Uls9— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 24, 2017 7:18PM Major news from Arsenal where the PA man has badly upset the visiting East Anglians! Stadium announcer just called us Ipswich. Now this is personal. #arsevncfc— Steven Downes (@stevedownes1973) October 24, 2017 7:16PM Quick on the draw Carabao exec 1: We need to show the kids we're hip + on their level Carabao exec 2: I've got it, let's get Tuffers and Daws to do the draw https://t.co/5o2FS0upYk— Charlie Eccleshare (@CDEccleshare) October 24, 2017 7:05PM We'll try to keep you abreast of the other games tonight. There's half a dozen fixtures in this competition to say nothing of the Edinburgh derby about which may I just say: come on Hibs! 7:02PM United have worries of their own A win and a draw in their last two League games. Perhaps this will be a welcome relief. When the teams met here earlier in the season it was four nil to United, although that scoreline was perhaps a little harsh on the Welshmen: there were three goals in the last 10 minutes. 6:56PM Eight changes then for the hosts You'd say they are playing a weakened side, but having lost three of the last four in the League, perhaps shaking things up a bit isn't the end of the world. Some worrying defeats in that little run for the Swans: losing to fellow strugglers West Ham and Leicester, as well as Watford. The team they beat was promoted Huddersfield. Three points from those four fixtures does now augur well. 6:53PM And here are Swansea changes for the #Swans in the @Carabao_Cup tonight. Here’s how we will line up against @ManUtd… pic.twitter.com/bdxDrqmjhN— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) October 24, 2017 6:53PM Here are the teams: United first The team news is in! Here's the #MUFC starting XI to take on Swansea in the @Carabao_Cup... pic.twitter.com/qjjI3KRouU— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 24, 2017 6:41PM Just when you thought the Carbao Cup could not get any more essential Question of Sport duo to conduct #CarabaoCup quarter-final draw https://t.co/OX5MAWI6zT— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) October 24, 2017 6:41PM Good evening! Tyers here. 6:32PM Our preview What is it? It's the League Cup! What more could you possibly want? Specifically, it's a fourth round meeting between Swansea City FC and the red-favouring team from Manchester known, of course, as Manchester United. When is it? Tonight, that is Tuesday 24 October 2017. What time is kick-off? It's 19.45 BST. Yes, we are still inside the BST zone. What TV channel is it on? Tune your set top box or mobile viewing device to Sky Sports Football. Sky Sports Main Event will be showing this too. What is the team news? Victor Lindelof's display for Manchester United against Huddersfield could cost him a starting place in Tuesday's Carabao Cup trip to Swansea. Lindelof did not impress after coming on for the injured Phil Jones during Saturday's defeat and Jose Mourinho could choose to look at Axel Tuanzebe. Other changes are likely for the last-16 match, with Luke Shaw, Scott McTominay, Matteo Darmian, Sergio Romero and Daley Blind all under consideration. Provisional Man Utd squad: De Gea, Romero, Pereira, Valencia, Darmian, Tuanzebe, Lindelof, Smalling, Blind, Shaw, Young, Matic, Herrera, McTominay, Mata, Lingard, Mkhitaryan, Lukaku, Rashford, Martial. Who should Man Utd pick to face Swansea? Roque Mesa has started only three times since his £11million summer move from Las Palmas, but Swansea head coach Paul Clement confirmed that the midfielder will line up against United. Renato Sanches (thigh) is unavailable after joining Wilfried Bony (hamstring) and Kyle Bartley on the casualty list, while goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski is set to be rested. Provisional Swansea squad: Nordfeldt, Rangel, van der Hoorn, Mawson, Olsson, Mesa, Ki, Clucas, Dyer, Ayew, Abraham, Mulder, Naughton, Fernandez, Britton, Carroll, Narsingh, Fulton, Routledge, McBurnie. What are they saying? Juan Mata wants Manchester United to show unity as they look to bounce back from their lacklustre defeat at Huddersfield. United's first Premier League defeat of the season, a leaden-footed 2-1 reverse, saw manager Jose Mourinho tear into his side's "poor attitude" and lack of desire. But Mata, who was hooked at half-time at the John Smith's Stadium, has called for the team to pull together and return to the methods which saw them secure 10 wins and two draws from their previous 12 matches. Mata expects United to bounce back after their surprise defeat to Huddersfield Credit: ACTION IMAGES In his blog on the club's  website, the Spaniard wrote: "We knew this moment would arrive sooner or later, although that's something you never wish for, of course. "Now, it's time to learn from mistakes and keep going, as we always do, showing that the team sticks together when things don't go so well, which is when we need it most. "Since the European Super Cup defeat last summer, we've been performing really well against all kind of opponents. On Saturday, though, Huddersfield played their cards better than us and took all three points. All we can do now is congratulate them and move on. This is a not a sprint, but a marathon and there is still a long way to go. "Let's not forget that, before that game, we had got a good win in Lisbon. We beat a very good side in Benfica, a team with plenty of Champions League experience." "It's going to be a tough game," wrote Mata of the Swansea tie. "But, we are the reigning champions and we will try our best to win and keep moving forward. There's another big game next weekend, this time against Tottenham. "They're one of the most difficult teams to beat in the top-flight, and it's a key game for us to show all the virtues we have been talking about over the last two months." Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What are the odds? Swansea win: 6/1 Man Utd win: 8/15 Draw (after 90 mins): 17/2 What's our prediction? Swansea to make things difficult, but Man United settle it late in extra time. Swansea 2 Manchester United 3

Swansea City 0 Manchester United 2: Carabao Cup holders cruise through thanks to two-goal Jesse Lingard

After the chaos comes the calm. Taking place just four days after their Huddersfield humiliation, Manchester United’s trip to Swansea had threatened to plunge the club into even choppier waters, and not just because they were met with torrential downpours on their arrival at the Liberty Stadium. Instead, it turned into as smooth an evening as United manager Jose Mourinho could have hoped for on his 400th game in English football. Those storm clouds cleared just before kick-off, and United happily set about deconstructing a doleful Swansea outfit who, frankly, exuded the whiff of a side who know they have other, more pressing issues to be dealing with. But if the League Cup is indeed an afterthought, which Mourinho had implied when he suggested scrapping the competition last month, then Jesse Lingard, at least, must have missed the memo. Playing in the same central attacking position in which he struggled so evidently in that 2-1 defeat by Huddersfield at the weekend, Lingard found some form in spectacular fashion. Given the freedom to roam by his manager, and indeed the Swansea midfield, Lingard sprinkled his magic all over the park, scoring two excellent goals and tip-toeing around the field at will. Crisp: Jesse Lingard finished neatly after running on to a sweet ball from Marcus Rashford Credit: Getty That will provide some encouragement to Mourinho, as will the solidity of his back-line, which had been so imperious until their battering in West Yorkshire.  All the most important boxes, then, were happily ticked. There was even another brief run-out for the much-maligned Luke Shaw, making just his second appearance of the season. No wonder Mourinho described it as a “good day”. It is hard to draw too many conclusions from a night like this, though, when the placid atmosphere in the Swansea crowd was reflected among the players. Possession: Swansea vs Man Utd Swansea remain very much in the Premier League relegation mix, so a League Cup clash was never going to be a priority for Paul Clement. But he will surely not be happy with how obviously that showed. “From our point of view we just have to believe that a good result and good performance is round the corner,” said the Swansea manager, whose side lost 2-1 at home to Leicester City on Saturday and are level on points with 18th-placed Everton in the Premier League. “We have to show perseverance and determination to keep going at this difficult time that we are having.” Average touch positions (0 min) Between them, Clement and Mourinho made 15 changes from their respective league defeats. Mourinho did however opt for the same shape in which they finished the game against Huddersfield, with three central defenders at the back and Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial leading the line together. The first goal arrived after little more than 20 minutes. Ander Herrera found Rashford, who produced a gorgeous flick for the onrushing Lingard. Free from the attentions of anyone in white, he rolled in a smart finish. Axel Tuanzebe looks a real prospect. Confident, quick, comfortable on the ball and a real intelligence to his game. — Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) October 24, 2017 The second was similarly well-taken, as the 24-year-old buried a powerful header from just inside the penalty box after he was picked out by Matteo Darmian. They were only Lingard’s second and third goals of the season. “I have never got one like the second, so I am happy,” he said. “It all depends how the ball lands and the game you are in. They fell nicely to me today.” There were also impressive performances from 19-year-old defender Axel Tuanzebe and 20-year-old midfielder Scott McTominay. Experience v youth: Swansea City's Wayne Routledge is challenged by Manchester United's Axel Tuanzebe “I think they did well,” Mourinho said. “I would say Scott did very well because he was really comfortable and strong in midfield. “Since the first minute we felt we were in the game. We were comfortable on the pitch and the attitude was good." 10:01PM Arsenal beat Norwich 2-1 after extras All hail Eddie Nketiah! Saved Arsene's blushes there... 2035: "Few people know that before winning a record 15 ballons d'or at Man City, Eddie Nketiah began his career at former PL side Arsenal"— Nick Collins (@NicholasCollins) October 24, 2017 City and Wolves are going to eat the whole meal, it's still 0-0 deep into AET. 9:57PM We'll have Sam Dean's match report ASAP but we'll just stick with this live blog for a minute or two more to see if Arsenal can hold on. 9:53PM The hero of the hour I tell you what folks, if Eddie Nketiah DOESN'T win BBC Sports Personality of the Year after this I will be absolutely furious.— Gingers for Limpar (@Gingers4Limpar) October 24, 2017 9:49PM Arsenal have taken the lead! And it's Eddie Nketiah, heading in from close range. he scored the first almost as soon as he came on as a sub, now he's put his side ahead. Nice work Nketiah! 9:41PM Results Leicester 3 Leeds 1. The Foxes had to come back from a goal down there. Poor Roy Hodgson: his side have been spanked by lower-league opposition. Bristol City 4 Palace 1. Bournemouth 3 Boro 1 in what sounded like a close game. 9:40PM Arsenal and Norwich are playing extra time 1-1 there. 9:39PM Full time: Swansea City 0 Manchester United 2 Pretty routine stuff from United, they never looked stretched and once the second went in, it was all over to be honest. 9:37PM 90+ mins This match is done, and has been for some time, but Romero has just produced a blinding save to deny the Swansa consolation. That's the lot here. 9:36PM 90 mins Jack Wilshere had a chance to win it for the Arsenal but Angus Gunn in Norwich nets has kept it out with a good save. His dad Bryan will be proud, and one of Bryan Gunn's other former clubs are in good spirits tonight too: Hibs have beaten Hearts 1-0! 9:29PM 85 mins Martial comes off and Luke Shaw is coming on. He had 45 minutes in the previous round of this competition. Clearly being eased back in. All the signs seem to be that Mourinho does not fancy the player but perhaps that will change. 9:27PM 83 mins Bournemouth have extended their lead. Perhaps more significantly, Arsenal have levelled it against the Canaries. 9:26PM 82 mins Chapeau to Wolves, by the way, who are keeping Man City goalless. 9:24PM 81 mins Barring calamities, this is all wrapped up for United. Lingard looks to put the icing on the cake with a hat-trick, but has cracked his shot straight at the keeper. 9:23PM 78 mins Now Daley Blind goes into the referee's notebook. Wayne Routledge, who has been knocked about rather roughly this evening, was his victim. 9:22PM 76 mins Callum Wilson has scored for the Cherries. Spot kick. it's Bournemouth 2 Boro 1! 9:22PM 75 mins Young Tuanzebe blots his copybook though, with a foul on the edge of the United box that sees him booked and gives Swansea a handy freekick. Ayew hits the target. 9:18PM 74 mins Swans sub Tammy Abraham has lashed one at goal. Tipped over. 9:17PM 73 mins Fox Force Five! Or two, anyway. Islam Slimani has given Leicester the lead over Leeds. 9:14PM 70 mins Gary's impressed. Axel Tuanzebe looks a real prospect. Confident, quick, comfortable on the ball and a real intelligence to his game. — Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) October 24, 2017 And the lad nearly bundles one home after a run goes scrappy in the box.  9:13PM 65 mins Not a great sight for Swansea either, they don't look anything like getting back in this game, and here comes the cavalry. 66' - Double change for #MUFC - it's Matic and @RomeluLukaku9 on for @MarcusRashford and @AnderHerrera.— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 24, 2017 Lingard has a chance for the match ball but fluffs a decent chance on his weaker left foot.  9:11PM 62 mins Oh Roy! It's FOUR goals for Bristol City against Crystal Palace.  9:05PM 60 mins Elsewhere, it's 3-1 for Bristol City against Palace, no rest for the wicked thinks Roy Hodgson. Apparently they were making Icelandic HAROOO chants there earlier. Dear me. Boro and Bournemouth are locked at 1-1, as are Leicester and Leeds. Wolves fighting hard against Man City and it's 0-0 there with the second half underway. 9:04PM GOAL! United two up And it's a great goal! A sweeping, flamboyant break from United, a magnificent cross from Darmian and Jesse Lingard has scored a really excellent header. That goal would have lit up any game! Swansea 0 - 2 Man Utd (Jesse Lingard, 59 min) 9:02PM 55 mins Gosh, really very little tell you so far. A ball whizzes across the Swansea area but there is nobody there. This is how much Jose Mourinho is enjoying the evening. Wild thrill ride: Mourinho at Swansea 8:59PM 52 mins Rashford controls and spins away from Clucas, who chops him down. Accepts the yellow without complaint, as well he might: that was cut and dried. 8:58PM 50 mins Darmian has tangled with Mesa. Not been a classic so far, this second half. 8:56PM 48 mins More players in the wars, Routledge banging heads with Blind. 8:49PM 46 mins Back underway here. That Lindelof is not a United footballer. Again looks shaky. Tony Martial up for a header, falls and lands on Rangel's boot. Martial did not enjoy that one little bit. Boot in the back for his troubles. 8:46PM Sounds like Aguero is doing everything but score for City against Wolves. The Wolverhampton side clinging on gutsy like, 0-0 and half time is nearly due. 8:37PM In the other games Arsenal trail Norwich by 1-0. Bristol City have come from behind to lead Palace 2-1. Goalless at Bourn v Boro. One each for Leicester and Leeds. It's 0-0 between Citeh and Wolves but they kicked off at 8 8:33PM Here's where they've been touching it Average touch positions (half time) 8:32PM HALF TIME: Swansea City 0 Manchester United 1 Excellent goal, a lovely touch and crisp, calm finish. But this has been modest fare otherwise. Neither keeper breaking a sweat. Swansea vs Man Utd shots on goal 8:31PM 44 mins  Quiet period, McBurnie gets the ball, spins and shoots over. 8:29PM 43 mins Clucas with a run and shot. Curled wide, never really felt like a winning ticket. 8:28PM Bristol City have gone 2-1 up! They were trailing Palace but have fought back! 8:28PM 41 mins Decent move from United, it's cut back for young Scott McTominay, but he's not going to score many for the club if he shoots like that. 8:24PM 36 mins Olsson comes off, he's done his hamstring. Kyle Naughton comes on. Rangel has been booked, I think for some persistent fouling, the most recent example of which was trying to rugby tackle Tony Martial. 8:22PM 33 mins HA HA HA HA HA. Norwich have taken the lead at Arsenal. Oh dear. Lingard with an effort after an intricate move. Miss: Swansea 0 - 1 Man Utd (Jesse Lingard, 34 min) His colleagues think he ought to have done more with the shot, or not shot at all. 8:21PM 32 mins All happening up in the East Midlands. No sooner have Leeds taken the lead with a Pablo Hernandez cracker, Leicester are level when Kelechi Iheanacho breaks his Foxes duck with a curled equaliser. 8:18PM 31 mins Now Routledge bursts down the right and Tuanzebe is grabbing and nibbling at him. No pen. 8:18PM 30 mins Excellent movement from Swansea, their best spell of the match. Routledge runs, Lidelof tries to tackle and misses. Routledge was probably offside but not a great sign for United. Pressure: Swansea will be hoping to give this man further headaches in this evening's Carabao Cup game Credit: Reuters 8:16PM 29 mins Cross in from Ki. Blind attempts to head clear, but heads it at Swansea's McBurnie! Very nearly pings into the goal. And Bristol City are back on terms! 8:14PM 25 mins Rashford, looking a cut above in this company, drills a low freekick close. 8:09PM 23 mins Swansea look to hit back via Routlege, who is as always the most willing of runners. Caught offside. Palace have taken the lead v Bristol. 8:07PM GOAL! Man United take the lead This is a nice, direct, no fuss goal. Ball is drilled to Rashford a few yards into the Swansea half, he flicks it on with a lovely clever touch. And Lingard runs onto it, composes himself, and slots the ball home. Swansea 0 - 1 Man Utd (Jesse Lingard, 21 min) 8:05PM 20 mins Swansea were a little defensive to start with but it's even steven at the moment Possession: Swansea vs Man Utd 8:04PM 19 mins Corner from United. That's better handled by Swansea, Rangel hoofs clear. 8:03PM 17 mins Rangel tries to play in Routledge but it just over runs. Game is lacking a certain something thus far. 8:00PM 13 mins Lindelof with another individual error! He was at fault at the weekend, and he has let Ayew dance through! But he loses control. 8:00PM 12 mins Ball into Man United's box. They don't clear very efficiently. Soon, Swansea have a corner. "You're only here to see United," chant the away fans. It's a mystery as to why people don't like them, isn't it? 7:56PM 9 mins Two other Prem sides going close: Palace have hit the Bristol City bar; Bournemouth have the ball in Boro's net but the ref has blown. 7:55PM 7 mins Swansea with a decent corner in. That's cleared. 7:52PM 6 mins No goals in the other League Cup matches, but there is a goal up in Scotland where MIGHTY HIBERNIAN have taken the lead against the Jam Tarts. 7:52PM 5 mins United's second corner, Smalling again having the run of the place. Swansea making a meal of defending this. Cleared. 7:50PM 4 mins You could have driven a bus through the gaps in the Swansea defense and midfield during that Leicester match. They're not making that mistake so far tonight. Compact. Lots of men back. Lingard lashes a shot at goal after a nice move. Parried over. 7:47PM 1 mins We are underway here, Swansea in all white. United first to show, and they have an early corner. Smalling with a header! Skipper puts it wide. 7:45PM And here are United Credit: Sky Sports Football 7:44PM Here's the Swans Credit: Sky Sports Football 7:40PM Sam Dean at the Liberty Stadium United had to battle through a West Yorkshire storm in Saturday's defeat at Huddersfield, but they seem to have dodged the worst of the weather in Swansea tonight. For much of the early evening there was relentless, swirling rain, but it has completely cleared just in time for kick-off. Actually quite pleasant, really.  7:37PM Mourinho "People were upset after the last match and that is right. We don't come so far on a rainy day - with a big game coming up on Saturday that we could be preparing for - to throw away a match like we did last Saturday." 7:36PM Sensational giveaways at Arsenal Not sure why they complain the tickets are so pricey there. Free Gunner Mask for every reader; Granit Xhaka is already disguising himself as an Arsenal player Credit: Gerry Cox 7:26PM Sam at the stadium At a stormy Liberty Stadium for the visit of #MUFC tonight.Just the 15 changes between the two sides pic.twitter.com/i5IUrIXvDn— Sam Dean (@SamJDean) October 24, 2017 7:24PM More on the draw specialists EFL Cup is resembling a Pimp My Ride episodes where they make a car 'better' by covering it in fur and installing a pop-up hot dog maker.— Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) October 24, 2017 7:18PM Mourinho: the kids are alright etc "We thought some players needed a rest and some players deserve a start, especially the two young kids." Seven changes for #MUFC tonight! pic.twitter.com/vXkW54Uls9— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 24, 2017 7:18PM Major news from Arsenal where the PA man has badly upset the visiting East Anglians! Stadium announcer just called us Ipswich. Now this is personal. #arsevncfc— Steven Downes (@stevedownes1973) October 24, 2017 7:16PM Quick on the draw Carabao exec 1: We need to show the kids we're hip + on their level Carabao exec 2: I've got it, let's get Tuffers and Daws to do the draw https://t.co/5o2FS0upYk— Charlie Eccleshare (@CDEccleshare) October 24, 2017 7:05PM We'll try to keep you abreast of the other games tonight. There's half a dozen fixtures in this competition to say nothing of the Edinburgh derby about which may I just say: come on Hibs! 7:02PM United have worries of their own A win and a draw in their last two League games. Perhaps this will be a welcome relief. When the teams met here earlier in the season it was four nil to United, although that scoreline was perhaps a little harsh on the Welshmen: there were three goals in the last 10 minutes. 6:56PM Eight changes then for the hosts You'd say they are playing a weakened side, but having lost three of the last four in the League, perhaps shaking things up a bit isn't the end of the world. Some worrying defeats in that little run for the Swans: losing to fellow strugglers West Ham and Leicester, as well as Watford. The team they beat was promoted Huddersfield. Three points from those four fixtures does now augur well. 6:53PM And here are Swansea changes for the #Swans in the @Carabao_Cup tonight. Here’s how we will line up against @ManUtd… pic.twitter.com/bdxDrqmjhN— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) October 24, 2017 6:53PM Here are the teams: United first The team news is in! Here's the #MUFC starting XI to take on Swansea in the @Carabao_Cup... pic.twitter.com/qjjI3KRouU— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 24, 2017 6:41PM Just when you thought the Carbao Cup could not get any more essential Question of Sport duo to conduct #CarabaoCup quarter-final draw https://t.co/OX5MAWI6zT— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) October 24, 2017 6:41PM Good evening! Tyers here. 6:32PM Our preview What is it? It's the League Cup! What more could you possibly want? Specifically, it's a fourth round meeting between Swansea City FC and the red-favouring team from Manchester known, of course, as Manchester United. When is it? Tonight, that is Tuesday 24 October 2017. What time is kick-off? It's 19.45 BST. Yes, we are still inside the BST zone. What TV channel is it on? Tune your set top box or mobile viewing device to Sky Sports Football. Sky Sports Main Event will be showing this too. What is the team news? Victor Lindelof's display for Manchester United against Huddersfield could cost him a starting place in Tuesday's Carabao Cup trip to Swansea. Lindelof did not impress after coming on for the injured Phil Jones during Saturday's defeat and Jose Mourinho could choose to look at Axel Tuanzebe. Other changes are likely for the last-16 match, with Luke Shaw, Scott McTominay, Matteo Darmian, Sergio Romero and Daley Blind all under consideration. Provisional Man Utd squad: De Gea, Romero, Pereira, Valencia, Darmian, Tuanzebe, Lindelof, Smalling, Blind, Shaw, Young, Matic, Herrera, McTominay, Mata, Lingard, Mkhitaryan, Lukaku, Rashford, Martial. Who should Man Utd pick to face Swansea? Roque Mesa has started only three times since his £11million summer move from Las Palmas, but Swansea head coach Paul Clement confirmed that the midfielder will line up against United. Renato Sanches (thigh) is unavailable after joining Wilfried Bony (hamstring) and Kyle Bartley on the casualty list, while goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski is set to be rested. Provisional Swansea squad: Nordfeldt, Rangel, van der Hoorn, Mawson, Olsson, Mesa, Ki, Clucas, Dyer, Ayew, Abraham, Mulder, Naughton, Fernandez, Britton, Carroll, Narsingh, Fulton, Routledge, McBurnie. What are they saying? Juan Mata wants Manchester United to show unity as they look to bounce back from their lacklustre defeat at Huddersfield. United's first Premier League defeat of the season, a leaden-footed 2-1 reverse, saw manager Jose Mourinho tear into his side's "poor attitude" and lack of desire. But Mata, who was hooked at half-time at the John Smith's Stadium, has called for the team to pull together and return to the methods which saw them secure 10 wins and two draws from their previous 12 matches. Mata expects United to bounce back after their surprise defeat to Huddersfield Credit: ACTION IMAGES In his blog on the club's  website, the Spaniard wrote: "We knew this moment would arrive sooner or later, although that's something you never wish for, of course. "Now, it's time to learn from mistakes and keep going, as we always do, showing that the team sticks together when things don't go so well, which is when we need it most. "Since the European Super Cup defeat last summer, we've been performing really well against all kind of opponents. On Saturday, though, Huddersfield played their cards better than us and took all three points. All we can do now is congratulate them and move on. This is a not a sprint, but a marathon and there is still a long way to go. "Let's not forget that, before that game, we had got a good win in Lisbon. We beat a very good side in Benfica, a team with plenty of Champions League experience." "It's going to be a tough game," wrote Mata of the Swansea tie. "But, we are the reigning champions and we will try our best to win and keep moving forward. There's another big game next weekend, this time against Tottenham. "They're one of the most difficult teams to beat in the top-flight, and it's a key game for us to show all the virtues we have been talking about over the last two months." Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What are the odds? Swansea win: 6/1 Man Utd win: 8/15 Draw (after 90 mins): 17/2 What's our prediction? Swansea to make things difficult, but Man United settle it late in extra time. Swansea 2 Manchester United 3

Swansea City 0 Manchester United 2: Carabao Cup holders cruise through thanks to two-goal Jesse Lingard

After the chaos comes the calm. Taking place just four days after their Huddersfield humiliation, Manchester United’s trip to Swansea had threatened to plunge the club into even choppier waters, and not just because they were met with torrential downpours on their arrival at the Liberty Stadium. Instead, it turned into as smooth an evening as United manager Jose Mourinho could have hoped for on his 400th game in English football. Those storm clouds cleared just before kick-off, and United happily set about deconstructing a doleful Swansea outfit who, frankly, exuded the whiff of a side who know they have other, more pressing issues to be dealing with. But if the League Cup is indeed an afterthought, which Mourinho had implied when he suggested scrapping the competition last month, then Jesse Lingard, at least, must have missed the memo. Playing in the same central attacking position in which he struggled so evidently in that 2-1 defeat by Huddersfield at the weekend, Lingard found some form in spectacular fashion. Given the freedom to roam by his manager, and indeed the Swansea midfield, Lingard sprinkled his magic all over the park, scoring two excellent goals and tip-toeing around the field at will. Crisp: Jesse Lingard finished neatly after running on to a sweet ball from Marcus Rashford Credit: Getty That will provide some encouragement to Mourinho, as will the solidity of his back-line, which had been so imperious until their battering in West Yorkshire.  All the most important boxes, then, were happily ticked. There was even another brief run-out for the much-maligned Luke Shaw, making just his second appearance of the season. No wonder Mourinho described it as a “good day”. It is hard to draw too many conclusions from a night like this, though, when the placid atmosphere in the Swansea crowd was reflected among the players. Possession: Swansea vs Man Utd Swansea remain very much in the Premier League relegation mix, so a League Cup clash was never going to be a priority for Paul Clement. But he will surely not be happy with how obviously that showed. “From our point of view we just have to believe that a good result and good performance is round the corner,” said the Swansea manager, whose side lost 2-1 at home to Leicester City on Saturday and are level on points with 18th-placed Everton in the Premier League. “We have to show perseverance and determination to keep going at this difficult time that we are having.” Average touch positions (0 min) Between them, Clement and Mourinho made 15 changes from their respective league defeats. Mourinho did however opt for the same shape in which they finished the game against Huddersfield, with three central defenders at the back and Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial leading the line together. The first goal arrived after little more than 20 minutes. Ander Herrera found Rashford, who produced a gorgeous flick for the onrushing Lingard. Free from the attentions of anyone in white, he rolled in a smart finish. Axel Tuanzebe looks a real prospect. Confident, quick, comfortable on the ball and a real intelligence to his game. — Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) October 24, 2017 The second was similarly well-taken, as the 24-year-old buried a powerful header from just inside the penalty box after he was picked out by Matteo Darmian. They were only Lingard’s second and third goals of the season. “I have never got one like the second, so I am happy,” he said. “It all depends how the ball lands and the game you are in. They fell nicely to me today.” There were also impressive performances from 19-year-old defender Axel Tuanzebe and 20-year-old midfielder Scott McTominay. Experience v youth: Swansea City's Wayne Routledge is challenged by Manchester United's Axel Tuanzebe “I think they did well,” Mourinho said. “I would say Scott did very well because he was really comfortable and strong in midfield. “Since the first minute we felt we were in the game. We were comfortable on the pitch and the attitude was good." 10:01PM Arsenal beat Norwich 2-1 after extras All hail Eddie Nketiah! Saved Arsene's blushes there... 2035: "Few people know that before winning a record 15 ballons d'or at Man City, Eddie Nketiah began his career at former PL side Arsenal"— Nick Collins (@NicholasCollins) October 24, 2017 City and Wolves are going to eat the whole meal, it's still 0-0 deep into AET. 9:57PM We'll have Sam Dean's match report ASAP but we'll just stick with this live blog for a minute or two more to see if Arsenal can hold on. 9:53PM The hero of the hour I tell you what folks, if Eddie Nketiah DOESN'T win BBC Sports Personality of the Year after this I will be absolutely furious.— Gingers for Limpar (@Gingers4Limpar) October 24, 2017 9:49PM Arsenal have taken the lead! And it's Eddie Nketiah, heading in from close range. he scored the first almost as soon as he came on as a sub, now he's put his side ahead. Nice work Nketiah! 9:41PM Results Leicester 3 Leeds 1. The Foxes had to come back from a goal down there. Poor Roy Hodgson: his side have been spanked by lower-league opposition. Bristol City 4 Palace 1. Bournemouth 3 Boro 1 in what sounded like a close game. 9:40PM Arsenal and Norwich are playing extra time 1-1 there. 9:39PM Full time: Swansea City 0 Manchester United 2 Pretty routine stuff from United, they never looked stretched and once the second went in, it was all over to be honest. 9:37PM 90+ mins This match is done, and has been for some time, but Romero has just produced a blinding save to deny the Swansa consolation. That's the lot here. 9:36PM 90 mins Jack Wilshere had a chance to win it for the Arsenal but Angus Gunn in Norwich nets has kept it out with a good save. His dad Bryan will be proud, and one of Bryan Gunn's other former clubs are in good spirits tonight too: Hibs have beaten Hearts 1-0! 9:29PM 85 mins Martial comes off and Luke Shaw is coming on. He had 45 minutes in the previous round of this competition. Clearly being eased back in. All the signs seem to be that Mourinho does not fancy the player but perhaps that will change. 9:27PM 83 mins Bournemouth have extended their lead. Perhaps more significantly, Arsenal have levelled it against the Canaries. 9:26PM 82 mins Chapeau to Wolves, by the way, who are keeping Man City goalless. 9:24PM 81 mins Barring calamities, this is all wrapped up for United. Lingard looks to put the icing on the cake with a hat-trick, but has cracked his shot straight at the keeper. 9:23PM 78 mins Now Daley Blind goes into the referee's notebook. Wayne Routledge, who has been knocked about rather roughly this evening, was his victim. 9:22PM 76 mins Callum Wilson has scored for the Cherries. Spot kick. it's Bournemouth 2 Boro 1! 9:22PM 75 mins Young Tuanzebe blots his copybook though, with a foul on the edge of the United box that sees him booked and gives Swansea a handy freekick. Ayew hits the target. 9:18PM 74 mins Swans sub Tammy Abraham has lashed one at goal. Tipped over. 9:17PM 73 mins Fox Force Five! Or two, anyway. Islam Slimani has given Leicester the lead over Leeds. 9:14PM 70 mins Gary's impressed. Axel Tuanzebe looks a real prospect. Confident, quick, comfortable on the ball and a real intelligence to his game. — Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) October 24, 2017 And the lad nearly bundles one home after a run goes scrappy in the box.  9:13PM 65 mins Not a great sight for Swansea either, they don't look anything like getting back in this game, and here comes the cavalry. 66' - Double change for #MUFC - it's Matic and @RomeluLukaku9 on for @MarcusRashford and @AnderHerrera.— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 24, 2017 Lingard has a chance for the match ball but fluffs a decent chance on his weaker left foot.  9:11PM 62 mins Oh Roy! It's FOUR goals for Bristol City against Crystal Palace.  9:05PM 60 mins Elsewhere, it's 3-1 for Bristol City against Palace, no rest for the wicked thinks Roy Hodgson. Apparently they were making Icelandic HAROOO chants there earlier. Dear me. Boro and Bournemouth are locked at 1-1, as are Leicester and Leeds. Wolves fighting hard against Man City and it's 0-0 there with the second half underway. 9:04PM GOAL! United two up And it's a great goal! A sweeping, flamboyant break from United, a magnificent cross from Darmian and Jesse Lingard has scored a really excellent header. That goal would have lit up any game! Swansea 0 - 2 Man Utd (Jesse Lingard, 59 min) 9:02PM 55 mins Gosh, really very little tell you so far. A ball whizzes across the Swansea area but there is nobody there. This is how much Jose Mourinho is enjoying the evening. Wild thrill ride: Mourinho at Swansea 8:59PM 52 mins Rashford controls and spins away from Clucas, who chops him down. Accepts the yellow without complaint, as well he might: that was cut and dried. 8:58PM 50 mins Darmian has tangled with Mesa. Not been a classic so far, this second half. 8:56PM 48 mins More players in the wars, Routledge banging heads with Blind. 8:49PM 46 mins Back underway here. That Lindelof is not a United footballer. Again looks shaky. Tony Martial up for a header, falls and lands on Rangel's boot. Martial did not enjoy that one little bit. Boot in the back for his troubles. 8:46PM Sounds like Aguero is doing everything but score for City against Wolves. The Wolverhampton side clinging on gutsy like, 0-0 and half time is nearly due. 8:37PM In the other games Arsenal trail Norwich by 1-0. Bristol City have come from behind to lead Palace 2-1. Goalless at Bourn v Boro. One each for Leicester and Leeds. It's 0-0 between Citeh and Wolves but they kicked off at 8 8:33PM Here's where they've been touching it Average touch positions (half time) 8:32PM HALF TIME: Swansea City 0 Manchester United 1 Excellent goal, a lovely touch and crisp, calm finish. But this has been modest fare otherwise. Neither keeper breaking a sweat. Swansea vs Man Utd shots on goal 8:31PM 44 mins  Quiet period, McBurnie gets the ball, spins and shoots over. 8:29PM 43 mins Clucas with a run and shot. Curled wide, never really felt like a winning ticket. 8:28PM Bristol City have gone 2-1 up! They were trailing Palace but have fought back! 8:28PM 41 mins Decent move from United, it's cut back for young Scott McTominay, but he's not going to score many for the club if he shoots like that. 8:24PM 36 mins Olsson comes off, he's done his hamstring. Kyle Naughton comes on. Rangel has been booked, I think for some persistent fouling, the most recent example of which was trying to rugby tackle Tony Martial. 8:22PM 33 mins HA HA HA HA HA. Norwich have taken the lead at Arsenal. Oh dear. Lingard with an effort after an intricate move. Miss: Swansea 0 - 1 Man Utd (Jesse Lingard, 34 min) His colleagues think he ought to have done more with the shot, or not shot at all. 8:21PM 32 mins All happening up in the East Midlands. No sooner have Leeds taken the lead with a Pablo Hernandez cracker, Leicester are level when Kelechi Iheanacho breaks his Foxes duck with a curled equaliser. 8:18PM 31 mins Now Routledge bursts down the right and Tuanzebe is grabbing and nibbling at him. No pen. 8:18PM 30 mins Excellent movement from Swansea, their best spell of the match. Routledge runs, Lidelof tries to tackle and misses. Routledge was probably offside but not a great sign for United. Pressure: Swansea will be hoping to give this man further headaches in this evening's Carabao Cup game Credit: Reuters 8:16PM 29 mins Cross in from Ki. Blind attempts to head clear, but heads it at Swansea's McBurnie! Very nearly pings into the goal. And Bristol City are back on terms! 8:14PM 25 mins Rashford, looking a cut above in this company, drills a low freekick close. 8:09PM 23 mins Swansea look to hit back via Routlege, who is as always the most willing of runners. Caught offside. Palace have taken the lead v Bristol. 8:07PM GOAL! Man United take the lead This is a nice, direct, no fuss goal. Ball is drilled to Rashford a few yards into the Swansea half, he flicks it on with a lovely clever touch. And Lingard runs onto it, composes himself, and slots the ball home. Swansea 0 - 1 Man Utd (Jesse Lingard, 21 min) 8:05PM 20 mins Swansea were a little defensive to start with but it's even steven at the moment Possession: Swansea vs Man Utd 8:04PM 19 mins Corner from United. That's better handled by Swansea, Rangel hoofs clear. 8:03PM 17 mins Rangel tries to play in Routledge but it just over runs. Game is lacking a certain something thus far. 8:00PM 13 mins Lindelof with another individual error! He was at fault at the weekend, and he has let Ayew dance through! But he loses control. 8:00PM 12 mins Ball into Man United's box. They don't clear very efficiently. Soon, Swansea have a corner. "You're only here to see United," chant the away fans. It's a mystery as to why people don't like them, isn't it? 7:56PM 9 mins Two other Prem sides going close: Palace have hit the Bristol City bar; Bournemouth have the ball in Boro's net but the ref has blown. 7:55PM 7 mins Swansea with a decent corner in. That's cleared. 7:52PM 6 mins No goals in the other League Cup matches, but there is a goal up in Scotland where MIGHTY HIBERNIAN have taken the lead against the Jam Tarts. 7:52PM 5 mins United's second corner, Smalling again having the run of the place. Swansea making a meal of defending this. Cleared. 7:50PM 4 mins You could have driven a bus through the gaps in the Swansea defense and midfield during that Leicester match. They're not making that mistake so far tonight. Compact. Lots of men back. Lingard lashes a shot at goal after a nice move. Parried over. 7:47PM 1 mins We are underway here, Swansea in all white. United first to show, and they have an early corner. Smalling with a header! Skipper puts it wide. 7:45PM And here are United Credit: Sky Sports Football 7:44PM Here's the Swans Credit: Sky Sports Football 7:40PM Sam Dean at the Liberty Stadium United had to battle through a West Yorkshire storm in Saturday's defeat at Huddersfield, but they seem to have dodged the worst of the weather in Swansea tonight. For much of the early evening there was relentless, swirling rain, but it has completely cleared just in time for kick-off. Actually quite pleasant, really.  7:37PM Mourinho "People were upset after the last match and that is right. We don't come so far on a rainy day - with a big game coming up on Saturday that we could be preparing for - to throw away a match like we did last Saturday." 7:36PM Sensational giveaways at Arsenal Not sure why they complain the tickets are so pricey there. Free Gunner Mask for every reader; Granit Xhaka is already disguising himself as an Arsenal player Credit: Gerry Cox 7:26PM Sam at the stadium At a stormy Liberty Stadium for the visit of #MUFC tonight.Just the 15 changes between the two sides pic.twitter.com/i5IUrIXvDn— Sam Dean (@SamJDean) October 24, 2017 7:24PM More on the draw specialists EFL Cup is resembling a Pimp My Ride episodes where they make a car 'better' by covering it in fur and installing a pop-up hot dog maker.— Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) October 24, 2017 7:18PM Mourinho: the kids are alright etc "We thought some players needed a rest and some players deserve a start, especially the two young kids." Seven changes for #MUFC tonight! pic.twitter.com/vXkW54Uls9— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 24, 2017 7:18PM Major news from Arsenal where the PA man has badly upset the visiting East Anglians! Stadium announcer just called us Ipswich. Now this is personal. #arsevncfc— Steven Downes (@stevedownes1973) October 24, 2017 7:16PM Quick on the draw Carabao exec 1: We need to show the kids we're hip + on their level Carabao exec 2: I've got it, let's get Tuffers and Daws to do the draw https://t.co/5o2FS0upYk— Charlie Eccleshare (@CDEccleshare) October 24, 2017 7:05PM We'll try to keep you abreast of the other games tonight. There's half a dozen fixtures in this competition to say nothing of the Edinburgh derby about which may I just say: come on Hibs! 7:02PM United have worries of their own A win and a draw in their last two League games. Perhaps this will be a welcome relief. When the teams met here earlier in the season it was four nil to United, although that scoreline was perhaps a little harsh on the Welshmen: there were three goals in the last 10 minutes. 6:56PM Eight changes then for the hosts You'd say they are playing a weakened side, but having lost three of the last four in the League, perhaps shaking things up a bit isn't the end of the world. Some worrying defeats in that little run for the Swans: losing to fellow strugglers West Ham and Leicester, as well as Watford. The team they beat was promoted Huddersfield. Three points from those four fixtures does now augur well. 6:53PM And here are Swansea changes for the #Swans in the @Carabao_Cup tonight. Here’s how we will line up against @ManUtd… pic.twitter.com/bdxDrqmjhN— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) October 24, 2017 6:53PM Here are the teams: United first The team news is in! Here's the #MUFC starting XI to take on Swansea in the @Carabao_Cup... pic.twitter.com/qjjI3KRouU— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 24, 2017 6:41PM Just when you thought the Carbao Cup could not get any more essential Question of Sport duo to conduct #CarabaoCup quarter-final draw https://t.co/OX5MAWI6zT— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) October 24, 2017 6:41PM Good evening! Tyers here. 6:32PM Our preview What is it? It's the League Cup! What more could you possibly want? Specifically, it's a fourth round meeting between Swansea City FC and the red-favouring team from Manchester known, of course, as Manchester United. When is it? Tonight, that is Tuesday 24 October 2017. What time is kick-off? It's 19.45 BST. Yes, we are still inside the BST zone. What TV channel is it on? Tune your set top box or mobile viewing device to Sky Sports Football. Sky Sports Main Event will be showing this too. What is the team news? Victor Lindelof's display for Manchester United against Huddersfield could cost him a starting place in Tuesday's Carabao Cup trip to Swansea. Lindelof did not impress after coming on for the injured Phil Jones during Saturday's defeat and Jose Mourinho could choose to look at Axel Tuanzebe. Other changes are likely for the last-16 match, with Luke Shaw, Scott McTominay, Matteo Darmian, Sergio Romero and Daley Blind all under consideration. Provisional Man Utd squad: De Gea, Romero, Pereira, Valencia, Darmian, Tuanzebe, Lindelof, Smalling, Blind, Shaw, Young, Matic, Herrera, McTominay, Mata, Lingard, Mkhitaryan, Lukaku, Rashford, Martial. Who should Man Utd pick to face Swansea? Roque Mesa has started only three times since his £11million summer move from Las Palmas, but Swansea head coach Paul Clement confirmed that the midfielder will line up against United. Renato Sanches (thigh) is unavailable after joining Wilfried Bony (hamstring) and Kyle Bartley on the casualty list, while goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski is set to be rested. Provisional Swansea squad: Nordfeldt, Rangel, van der Hoorn, Mawson, Olsson, Mesa, Ki, Clucas, Dyer, Ayew, Abraham, Mulder, Naughton, Fernandez, Britton, Carroll, Narsingh, Fulton, Routledge, McBurnie. What are they saying? Juan Mata wants Manchester United to show unity as they look to bounce back from their lacklustre defeat at Huddersfield. United's first Premier League defeat of the season, a leaden-footed 2-1 reverse, saw manager Jose Mourinho tear into his side's "poor attitude" and lack of desire. But Mata, who was hooked at half-time at the John Smith's Stadium, has called for the team to pull together and return to the methods which saw them secure 10 wins and two draws from their previous 12 matches. Mata expects United to bounce back after their surprise defeat to Huddersfield Credit: ACTION IMAGES In his blog on the club's  website, the Spaniard wrote: "We knew this moment would arrive sooner or later, although that's something you never wish for, of course. "Now, it's time to learn from mistakes and keep going, as we always do, showing that the team sticks together when things don't go so well, which is when we need it most. "Since the European Super Cup defeat last summer, we've been performing really well against all kind of opponents. On Saturday, though, Huddersfield played their cards better than us and took all three points. All we can do now is congratulate them and move on. This is a not a sprint, but a marathon and there is still a long way to go. "Let's not forget that, before that game, we had got a good win in Lisbon. We beat a very good side in Benfica, a team with plenty of Champions League experience." "It's going to be a tough game," wrote Mata of the Swansea tie. "But, we are the reigning champions and we will try our best to win and keep moving forward. There's another big game next weekend, this time against Tottenham. "They're one of the most difficult teams to beat in the top-flight, and it's a key game for us to show all the virtues we have been talking about over the last two months." Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What are the odds? Swansea win: 6/1 Man Utd win: 8/15 Draw (after 90 mins): 17/2 What's our prediction? Swansea to make things difficult, but Man United settle it late in extra time. Swansea 2 Manchester United 3

Swansea City 0 Manchester United 2: Carabao Cup holders cruise through thanks to two-goal Jesse Lingard

After the chaos comes the calm. Taking place just four days after their Huddersfield humiliation, Manchester United’s trip to Swansea had threatened to plunge the club into even choppier waters, and not just because they were met with torrential downpours on their arrival at the Liberty Stadium. Instead, it turned into as smooth an evening as United manager Jose Mourinho could have hoped for on his 400th game in English football. Those storm clouds cleared just before kick-off, and United happily set about deconstructing a doleful Swansea outfit who, frankly, exuded the whiff of a side who know they have other, more pressing issues to be dealing with. But if the League Cup is indeed an afterthought, which Mourinho had implied when he suggested scrapping the competition last month, then Jesse Lingard, at least, must have missed the memo. Playing in the same central attacking position in which he struggled so evidently in that 2-1 defeat by Huddersfield at the weekend, Lingard found some form in spectacular fashion. Given the freedom to roam by his manager, and indeed the Swansea midfield, Lingard sprinkled his magic all over the park, scoring two excellent goals and tip-toeing around the field at will. Crisp: Jesse Lingard finished neatly after running on to a sweet ball from Marcus Rashford Credit: Getty That will provide some encouragement to Mourinho, as will the solidity of his back-line, which had been so imperious until their battering in West Yorkshire.  All the most important boxes, then, were happily ticked. There was even another brief run-out for the much-maligned Luke Shaw, making just his second appearance of the season. No wonder Mourinho described it as a “good day”. It is hard to draw too many conclusions from a night like this, though, when the placid atmosphere in the Swansea crowd was reflected among the players. Possession: Swansea vs Man Utd Swansea remain very much in the Premier League relegation mix, so a League Cup clash was never going to be a priority for Paul Clement. But he will surely not be happy with how obviously that showed. “From our point of view we just have to believe that a good result and good performance is round the corner,” said the Swansea manager, whose side lost 2-1 at home to Leicester City on Saturday and are level on points with 18th-placed Everton in the Premier League. “We have to show perseverance and determination to keep going at this difficult time that we are having.” Average touch positions (0 min) Between them, Clement and Mourinho made 15 changes from their respective league defeats. Mourinho did however opt for the same shape in which they finished the game against Huddersfield, with three central defenders at the back and Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial leading the line together. The first goal arrived after little more than 20 minutes. Ander Herrera found Rashford, who produced a gorgeous flick for the onrushing Lingard. Free from the attentions of anyone in white, he rolled in a smart finish. Axel Tuanzebe looks a real prospect. Confident, quick, comfortable on the ball and a real intelligence to his game. — Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) October 24, 2017 The second was similarly well-taken, as the 24-year-old buried a powerful header from just inside the penalty box after he was picked out by Matteo Darmian. They were only Lingard’s second and third goals of the season. “I have never got one like the second, so I am happy,” he said. “It all depends how the ball lands and the game you are in. They fell nicely to me today.” There were also impressive performances from 19-year-old defender Axel Tuanzebe and 20-year-old midfielder Scott McTominay. Experience v youth: Swansea City's Wayne Routledge is challenged by Manchester United's Axel Tuanzebe “I think they did well,” Mourinho said. “I would say Scott did very well because he was really comfortable and strong in midfield. “Since the first minute we felt we were in the game. We were comfortable on the pitch and the attitude was good." 10:01PM Arsenal beat Norwich 2-1 after extras All hail Eddie Nketiah! Saved Arsene's blushes there... 2035: "Few people know that before winning a record 15 ballons d'or at Man City, Eddie Nketiah began his career at former PL side Arsenal"— Nick Collins (@NicholasCollins) October 24, 2017 City and Wolves are going to eat the whole meal, it's still 0-0 deep into AET. 9:57PM We'll have Sam Dean's match report ASAP but we'll just stick with this live blog for a minute or two more to see if Arsenal can hold on. 9:53PM The hero of the hour I tell you what folks, if Eddie Nketiah DOESN'T win BBC Sports Personality of the Year after this I will be absolutely furious.— Gingers for Limpar (@Gingers4Limpar) October 24, 2017 9:49PM Arsenal have taken the lead! And it's Eddie Nketiah, heading in from close range. he scored the first almost as soon as he came on as a sub, now he's put his side ahead. Nice work Nketiah! 9:41PM Results Leicester 3 Leeds 1. The Foxes had to come back from a goal down there. Poor Roy Hodgson: his side have been spanked by lower-league opposition. Bristol City 4 Palace 1. Bournemouth 3 Boro 1 in what sounded like a close game. 9:40PM Arsenal and Norwich are playing extra time 1-1 there. 9:39PM Full time: Swansea City 0 Manchester United 2 Pretty routine stuff from United, they never looked stretched and once the second went in, it was all over to be honest. 9:37PM 90+ mins This match is done, and has been for some time, but Romero has just produced a blinding save to deny the Swansa consolation. That's the lot here. 9:36PM 90 mins Jack Wilshere had a chance to win it for the Arsenal but Angus Gunn in Norwich nets has kept it out with a good save. His dad Bryan will be proud, and one of Bryan Gunn's other former clubs are in good spirits tonight too: Hibs have beaten Hearts 1-0! 9:29PM 85 mins Martial comes off and Luke Shaw is coming on. He had 45 minutes in the previous round of this competition. Clearly being eased back in. All the signs seem to be that Mourinho does not fancy the player but perhaps that will change. 9:27PM 83 mins Bournemouth have extended their lead. Perhaps more significantly, Arsenal have levelled it against the Canaries. 9:26PM 82 mins Chapeau to Wolves, by the way, who are keeping Man City goalless. 9:24PM 81 mins Barring calamities, this is all wrapped up for United. Lingard looks to put the icing on the cake with a hat-trick, but has cracked his shot straight at the keeper. 9:23PM 78 mins Now Daley Blind goes into the referee's notebook. Wayne Routledge, who has been knocked about rather roughly this evening, was his victim. 9:22PM 76 mins Callum Wilson has scored for the Cherries. Spot kick. it's Bournemouth 2 Boro 1! 9:22PM 75 mins Young Tuanzebe blots his copybook though, with a foul on the edge of the United box that sees him booked and gives Swansea a handy freekick. Ayew hits the target. 9:18PM 74 mins Swans sub Tammy Abraham has lashed one at goal. Tipped over. 9:17PM 73 mins Fox Force Five! Or two, anyway. Islam Slimani has given Leicester the lead over Leeds. 9:14PM 70 mins Gary's impressed. Axel Tuanzebe looks a real prospect. Confident, quick, comfortable on the ball and a real intelligence to his game. — Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) October 24, 2017 And the lad nearly bundles one home after a run goes scrappy in the box.  9:13PM 65 mins Not a great sight for Swansea either, they don't look anything like getting back in this game, and here comes the cavalry. 66' - Double change for #MUFC - it's Matic and @RomeluLukaku9 on for @MarcusRashford and @AnderHerrera.— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 24, 2017 Lingard has a chance for the match ball but fluffs a decent chance on his weaker left foot.  9:11PM 62 mins Oh Roy! It's FOUR goals for Bristol City against Crystal Palace.  9:05PM 60 mins Elsewhere, it's 3-1 for Bristol City against Palace, no rest for the wicked thinks Roy Hodgson. Apparently they were making Icelandic HAROOO chants there earlier. Dear me. Boro and Bournemouth are locked at 1-1, as are Leicester and Leeds. Wolves fighting hard against Man City and it's 0-0 there with the second half underway. 9:04PM GOAL! United two up And it's a great goal! A sweeping, flamboyant break from United, a magnificent cross from Darmian and Jesse Lingard has scored a really excellent header. That goal would have lit up any game! Swansea 0 - 2 Man Utd (Jesse Lingard, 59 min) 9:02PM 55 mins Gosh, really very little tell you so far. A ball whizzes across the Swansea area but there is nobody there. This is how much Jose Mourinho is enjoying the evening. Wild thrill ride: Mourinho at Swansea 8:59PM 52 mins Rashford controls and spins away from Clucas, who chops him down. Accepts the yellow without complaint, as well he might: that was cut and dried. 8:58PM 50 mins Darmian has tangled with Mesa. Not been a classic so far, this second half. 8:56PM 48 mins More players in the wars, Routledge banging heads with Blind. 8:49PM 46 mins Back underway here. That Lindelof is not a United footballer. Again looks shaky. Tony Martial up for a header, falls and lands on Rangel's boot. Martial did not enjoy that one little bit. Boot in the back for his troubles. 8:46PM Sounds like Aguero is doing everything but score for City against Wolves. The Wolverhampton side clinging on gutsy like, 0-0 and half time is nearly due. 8:37PM In the other games Arsenal trail Norwich by 1-0. Bristol City have come from behind to lead Palace 2-1. Goalless at Bourn v Boro. One each for Leicester and Leeds. It's 0-0 between Citeh and Wolves but they kicked off at 8 8:33PM Here's where they've been touching it Average touch positions (half time) 8:32PM HALF TIME: Swansea City 0 Manchester United 1 Excellent goal, a lovely touch and crisp, calm finish. But this has been modest fare otherwise. Neither keeper breaking a sweat. Swansea vs Man Utd shots on goal 8:31PM 44 mins  Quiet period, McBurnie gets the ball, spins and shoots over. 8:29PM 43 mins Clucas with a run and shot. Curled wide, never really felt like a winning ticket. 8:28PM Bristol City have gone 2-1 up! They were trailing Palace but have fought back! 8:28PM 41 mins Decent move from United, it's cut back for young Scott McTominay, but he's not going to score many for the club if he shoots like that. 8:24PM 36 mins Olsson comes off, he's done his hamstring. Kyle Naughton comes on. Rangel has been booked, I think for some persistent fouling, the most recent example of which was trying to rugby tackle Tony Martial. 8:22PM 33 mins HA HA HA HA HA. Norwich have taken the lead at Arsenal. Oh dear. Lingard with an effort after an intricate move. Miss: Swansea 0 - 1 Man Utd (Jesse Lingard, 34 min) His colleagues think he ought to have done more with the shot, or not shot at all. 8:21PM 32 mins All happening up in the East Midlands. No sooner have Leeds taken the lead with a Pablo Hernandez cracker, Leicester are level when Kelechi Iheanacho breaks his Foxes duck with a curled equaliser. 8:18PM 31 mins Now Routledge bursts down the right and Tuanzebe is grabbing and nibbling at him. No pen. 8:18PM 30 mins Excellent movement from Swansea, their best spell of the match. Routledge runs, Lidelof tries to tackle and misses. Routledge was probably offside but not a great sign for United. Pressure: Swansea will be hoping to give this man further headaches in this evening's Carabao Cup game Credit: Reuters 8:16PM 29 mins Cross in from Ki. Blind attempts to head clear, but heads it at Swansea's McBurnie! Very nearly pings into the goal. And Bristol City are back on terms! 8:14PM 25 mins Rashford, looking a cut above in this company, drills a low freekick close. 8:09PM 23 mins Swansea look to hit back via Routlege, who is as always the most willing of runners. Caught offside. Palace have taken the lead v Bristol. 8:07PM GOAL! Man United take the lead This is a nice, direct, no fuss goal. Ball is drilled to Rashford a few yards into the Swansea half, he flicks it on with a lovely clever touch. And Lingard runs onto it, composes himself, and slots the ball home. Swansea 0 - 1 Man Utd (Jesse Lingard, 21 min) 8:05PM 20 mins Swansea were a little defensive to start with but it's even steven at the moment Possession: Swansea vs Man Utd 8:04PM 19 mins Corner from United. That's better handled by Swansea, Rangel hoofs clear. 8:03PM 17 mins Rangel tries to play in Routledge but it just over runs. Game is lacking a certain something thus far. 8:00PM 13 mins Lindelof with another individual error! He was at fault at the weekend, and he has let Ayew dance through! But he loses control. 8:00PM 12 mins Ball into Man United's box. They don't clear very efficiently. Soon, Swansea have a corner. "You're only here to see United," chant the away fans. It's a mystery as to why people don't like them, isn't it? 7:56PM 9 mins Two other Prem sides going close: Palace have hit the Bristol City bar; Bournemouth have the ball in Boro's net but the ref has blown. 7:55PM 7 mins Swansea with a decent corner in. That's cleared. 7:52PM 6 mins No goals in the other League Cup matches, but there is a goal up in Scotland where MIGHTY HIBERNIAN have taken the lead against the Jam Tarts. 7:52PM 5 mins United's second corner, Smalling again having the run of the place. Swansea making a meal of defending this. Cleared. 7:50PM 4 mins You could have driven a bus through the gaps in the Swansea defense and midfield during that Leicester match. They're not making that mistake so far tonight. Compact. Lots of men back. Lingard lashes a shot at goal after a nice move. Parried over. 7:47PM 1 mins We are underway here, Swansea in all white. United first to show, and they have an early corner. Smalling with a header! Skipper puts it wide. 7:45PM And here are United Credit: Sky Sports Football 7:44PM Here's the Swans Credit: Sky Sports Football 7:40PM Sam Dean at the Liberty Stadium United had to battle through a West Yorkshire storm in Saturday's defeat at Huddersfield, but they seem to have dodged the worst of the weather in Swansea tonight. For much of the early evening there was relentless, swirling rain, but it has completely cleared just in time for kick-off. Actually quite pleasant, really.  7:37PM Mourinho "People were upset after the last match and that is right. We don't come so far on a rainy day - with a big game coming up on Saturday that we could be preparing for - to throw away a match like we did last Saturday." 7:36PM Sensational giveaways at Arsenal Not sure why they complain the tickets are so pricey there. Free Gunner Mask for every reader; Granit Xhaka is already disguising himself as an Arsenal player Credit: Gerry Cox 7:26PM Sam at the stadium At a stormy Liberty Stadium for the visit of #MUFC tonight.Just the 15 changes between the two sides pic.twitter.com/i5IUrIXvDn— Sam Dean (@SamJDean) October 24, 2017 7:24PM More on the draw specialists EFL Cup is resembling a Pimp My Ride episodes where they make a car 'better' by covering it in fur and installing a pop-up hot dog maker.— Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) October 24, 2017 7:18PM Mourinho: the kids are alright etc "We thought some players needed a rest and some players deserve a start, especially the two young kids." Seven changes for #MUFC tonight! pic.twitter.com/vXkW54Uls9— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 24, 2017 7:18PM Major news from Arsenal where the PA man has badly upset the visiting East Anglians! Stadium announcer just called us Ipswich. Now this is personal. #arsevncfc— Steven Downes (@stevedownes1973) October 24, 2017 7:16PM Quick on the draw Carabao exec 1: We need to show the kids we're hip + on their level Carabao exec 2: I've got it, let's get Tuffers and Daws to do the draw https://t.co/5o2FS0upYk— Charlie Eccleshare (@CDEccleshare) October 24, 2017 7:05PM We'll try to keep you abreast of the other games tonight. There's half a dozen fixtures in this competition to say nothing of the Edinburgh derby about which may I just say: come on Hibs! 7:02PM United have worries of their own A win and a draw in their last two League games. Perhaps this will be a welcome relief. When the teams met here earlier in the season it was four nil to United, although that scoreline was perhaps a little harsh on the Welshmen: there were three goals in the last 10 minutes. 6:56PM Eight changes then for the hosts You'd say they are playing a weakened side, but having lost three of the last four in the League, perhaps shaking things up a bit isn't the end of the world. Some worrying defeats in that little run for the Swans: losing to fellow strugglers West Ham and Leicester, as well as Watford. The team they beat was promoted Huddersfield. Three points from those four fixtures does now augur well. 6:53PM And here are Swansea changes for the #Swans in the @Carabao_Cup tonight. Here’s how we will line up against @ManUtd… pic.twitter.com/bdxDrqmjhN— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) October 24, 2017 6:53PM Here are the teams: United first The team news is in! Here's the #MUFC starting XI to take on Swansea in the @Carabao_Cup... pic.twitter.com/qjjI3KRouU— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 24, 2017 6:41PM Just when you thought the Carbao Cup could not get any more essential Question of Sport duo to conduct #CarabaoCup quarter-final draw https://t.co/OX5MAWI6zT— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) October 24, 2017 6:41PM Good evening! Tyers here. 6:32PM Our preview What is it? It's the League Cup! What more could you possibly want? Specifically, it's a fourth round meeting between Swansea City FC and the red-favouring team from Manchester known, of course, as Manchester United. When is it? Tonight, that is Tuesday 24 October 2017. What time is kick-off? It's 19.45 BST. Yes, we are still inside the BST zone. What TV channel is it on? Tune your set top box or mobile viewing device to Sky Sports Football. Sky Sports Main Event will be showing this too. What is the team news? Victor Lindelof's display for Manchester United against Huddersfield could cost him a starting place in Tuesday's Carabao Cup trip to Swansea. Lindelof did not impress after coming on for the injured Phil Jones during Saturday's defeat and Jose Mourinho could choose to look at Axel Tuanzebe. Other changes are likely for the last-16 match, with Luke Shaw, Scott McTominay, Matteo Darmian, Sergio Romero and Daley Blind all under consideration. Provisional Man Utd squad: De Gea, Romero, Pereira, Valencia, Darmian, Tuanzebe, Lindelof, Smalling, Blind, Shaw, Young, Matic, Herrera, McTominay, Mata, Lingard, Mkhitaryan, Lukaku, Rashford, Martial. Who should Man Utd pick to face Swansea? Roque Mesa has started only three times since his £11million summer move from Las Palmas, but Swansea head coach Paul Clement confirmed that the midfielder will line up against United. Renato Sanches (thigh) is unavailable after joining Wilfried Bony (hamstring) and Kyle Bartley on the casualty list, while goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski is set to be rested. Provisional Swansea squad: Nordfeldt, Rangel, van der Hoorn, Mawson, Olsson, Mesa, Ki, Clucas, Dyer, Ayew, Abraham, Mulder, Naughton, Fernandez, Britton, Carroll, Narsingh, Fulton, Routledge, McBurnie. What are they saying? Juan Mata wants Manchester United to show unity as they look to bounce back from their lacklustre defeat at Huddersfield. United's first Premier League defeat of the season, a leaden-footed 2-1 reverse, saw manager Jose Mourinho tear into his side's "poor attitude" and lack of desire. But Mata, who was hooked at half-time at the John Smith's Stadium, has called for the team to pull together and return to the methods which saw them secure 10 wins and two draws from their previous 12 matches. Mata expects United to bounce back after their surprise defeat to Huddersfield Credit: ACTION IMAGES In his blog on the club's  website, the Spaniard wrote: "We knew this moment would arrive sooner or later, although that's something you never wish for, of course. "Now, it's time to learn from mistakes and keep going, as we always do, showing that the team sticks together when things don't go so well, which is when we need it most. "Since the European Super Cup defeat last summer, we've been performing really well against all kind of opponents. On Saturday, though, Huddersfield played their cards better than us and took all three points. All we can do now is congratulate them and move on. This is a not a sprint, but a marathon and there is still a long way to go. "Let's not forget that, before that game, we had got a good win in Lisbon. We beat a very good side in Benfica, a team with plenty of Champions League experience." "It's going to be a tough game," wrote Mata of the Swansea tie. "But, we are the reigning champions and we will try our best to win and keep moving forward. There's another big game next weekend, this time against Tottenham. "They're one of the most difficult teams to beat in the top-flight, and it's a key game for us to show all the virtues we have been talking about over the last two months." Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What are the odds? Swansea win: 6/1 Man Utd win: 8/15 Draw (after 90 mins): 17/2 What's our prediction? Swansea to make things difficult, but Man United settle it late in extra time. Swansea 2 Manchester United 3

Swansea City 0 Manchester United 2: Carabao Cup holders cruise through thanks to two-goal Jesse Lingard

After the chaos comes the calm. Taking place just four days after their Huddersfield humiliation, Manchester United’s trip to Swansea had threatened to plunge the club into even choppier waters, and not just because they were met with torrential downpours on their arrival at the Liberty Stadium. Instead, it turned into as smooth an evening as United manager Jose Mourinho could have hoped for on his 400th game in English football. Those storm clouds cleared just before kick-off, and United happily set about deconstructing a doleful Swansea outfit who, frankly, exuded the whiff of a side who know they have other, more pressing issues to be dealing with. But if the League Cup is indeed an afterthought, which Mourinho had implied when he suggested scrapping the competition last month, then Jesse Lingard, at least, must have missed the memo. Playing in the same central attacking position in which he struggled so evidently in that 2-1 defeat by Huddersfield at the weekend, Lingard found some form in spectacular fashion. Given the freedom to roam by his manager, and indeed the Swansea midfield, Lingard sprinkled his magic all over the park, scoring two excellent goals and tip-toeing around the field at will. Crisp: Jesse Lingard finished neatly after running on to a sweet ball from Marcus Rashford Credit: Getty That will provide some encouragement to Mourinho, as will the solidity of his back-line, which had been so imperious until their battering in West Yorkshire.  All the most important boxes, then, were happily ticked. There was even another brief run-out for the much-maligned Luke Shaw, making just his second appearance of the season. No wonder Mourinho described it as a “good day”. It is hard to draw too many conclusions from a night like this, though, when the placid atmosphere in the Swansea crowd was reflected among the players. Possession: Swansea vs Man Utd Swansea remain very much in the Premier League relegation mix, so a League Cup clash was never going to be a priority for Paul Clement. But he will surely not be happy with how obviously that showed. “From our point of view we just have to believe that a good result and good performance is round the corner,” said the Swansea manager, whose side lost 2-1 at home to Leicester City on Saturday and are level on points with 18th-placed Everton in the Premier League. “We have to show perseverance and determination to keep going at this difficult time that we are having.” Average touch positions (0 min) Between them, Clement and Mourinho made 15 changes from their respective league defeats. Mourinho did however opt for the same shape in which they finished the game against Huddersfield, with three central defenders at the back and Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial leading the line together. The first goal arrived after little more than 20 minutes. Ander Herrera found Rashford, who produced a gorgeous flick for the onrushing Lingard. Free from the attentions of anyone in white, he rolled in a smart finish. Axel Tuanzebe looks a real prospect. Confident, quick, comfortable on the ball and a real intelligence to his game. — Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) October 24, 2017 The second was similarly well-taken, as the 24-year-old buried a powerful header from just inside the penalty box after he was picked out by Matteo Darmian. They were only Lingard’s second and third goals of the season. “I have never got one like the second, so I am happy,” he said. “It all depends how the ball lands and the game you are in. They fell nicely to me today.” There were also impressive performances from 19-year-old defender Axel Tuanzebe and 20-year-old midfielder Scott McTominay. Experience v youth: Swansea City's Wayne Routledge is challenged by Manchester United's Axel Tuanzebe “I think they did well,” Mourinho said. “I would say Scott did very well because he was really comfortable and strong in midfield. “Since the first minute we felt we were in the game. We were comfortable on the pitch and the attitude was good." 10:01PM Arsenal beat Norwich 2-1 after extras All hail Eddie Nketiah! Saved Arsene's blushes there... 2035: "Few people know that before winning a record 15 ballons d'or at Man City, Eddie Nketiah began his career at former PL side Arsenal"— Nick Collins (@NicholasCollins) October 24, 2017 City and Wolves are going to eat the whole meal, it's still 0-0 deep into AET. 9:57PM We'll have Sam Dean's match report ASAP but we'll just stick with this live blog for a minute or two more to see if Arsenal can hold on. 9:53PM The hero of the hour I tell you what folks, if Eddie Nketiah DOESN'T win BBC Sports Personality of the Year after this I will be absolutely furious.— Gingers for Limpar (@Gingers4Limpar) October 24, 2017 9:49PM Arsenal have taken the lead! And it's Eddie Nketiah, heading in from close range. he scored the first almost as soon as he came on as a sub, now he's put his side ahead. Nice work Nketiah! 9:41PM Results Leicester 3 Leeds 1. The Foxes had to come back from a goal down there. Poor Roy Hodgson: his side have been spanked by lower-league opposition. Bristol City 4 Palace 1. Bournemouth 3 Boro 1 in what sounded like a close game. 9:40PM Arsenal and Norwich are playing extra time 1-1 there. 9:39PM Full time: Swansea City 0 Manchester United 2 Pretty routine stuff from United, they never looked stretched and once the second went in, it was all over to be honest. 9:37PM 90+ mins This match is done, and has been for some time, but Romero has just produced a blinding save to deny the Swansa consolation. That's the lot here. 9:36PM 90 mins Jack Wilshere had a chance to win it for the Arsenal but Angus Gunn in Norwich nets has kept it out with a good save. His dad Bryan will be proud, and one of Bryan Gunn's other former clubs are in good spirits tonight too: Hibs have beaten Hearts 1-0! 9:29PM 85 mins Martial comes off and Luke Shaw is coming on. He had 45 minutes in the previous round of this competition. Clearly being eased back in. All the signs seem to be that Mourinho does not fancy the player but perhaps that will change. 9:27PM 83 mins Bournemouth have extended their lead. Perhaps more significantly, Arsenal have levelled it against the Canaries. 9:26PM 82 mins Chapeau to Wolves, by the way, who are keeping Man City goalless. 9:24PM 81 mins Barring calamities, this is all wrapped up for United. Lingard looks to put the icing on the cake with a hat-trick, but has cracked his shot straight at the keeper. 9:23PM 78 mins Now Daley Blind goes into the referee's notebook. Wayne Routledge, who has been knocked about rather roughly this evening, was his victim. 9:22PM 76 mins Callum Wilson has scored for the Cherries. Spot kick. it's Bournemouth 2 Boro 1! 9:22PM 75 mins Young Tuanzebe blots his copybook though, with a foul on the edge of the United box that sees him booked and gives Swansea a handy freekick. Ayew hits the target. 9:18PM 74 mins Swans sub Tammy Abraham has lashed one at goal. Tipped over. 9:17PM 73 mins Fox Force Five! Or two, anyway. Islam Slimani has given Leicester the lead over Leeds. 9:14PM 70 mins Gary's impressed. Axel Tuanzebe looks a real prospect. Confident, quick, comfortable on the ball and a real intelligence to his game. — Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) October 24, 2017 And the lad nearly bundles one home after a run goes scrappy in the box.  9:13PM 65 mins Not a great sight for Swansea either, they don't look anything like getting back in this game, and here comes the cavalry. 66' - Double change for #MUFC - it's Matic and @RomeluLukaku9 on for @MarcusRashford and @AnderHerrera.— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 24, 2017 Lingard has a chance for the match ball but fluffs a decent chance on his weaker left foot.  9:11PM 62 mins Oh Roy! It's FOUR goals for Bristol City against Crystal Palace.  9:05PM 60 mins Elsewhere, it's 3-1 for Bristol City against Palace, no rest for the wicked thinks Roy Hodgson. Apparently they were making Icelandic HAROOO chants there earlier. Dear me. Boro and Bournemouth are locked at 1-1, as are Leicester and Leeds. Wolves fighting hard against Man City and it's 0-0 there with the second half underway. 9:04PM GOAL! United two up And it's a great goal! A sweeping, flamboyant break from United, a magnificent cross from Darmian and Jesse Lingard has scored a really excellent header. That goal would have lit up any game! Swansea 0 - 2 Man Utd (Jesse Lingard, 59 min) 9:02PM 55 mins Gosh, really very little tell you so far. A ball whizzes across the Swansea area but there is nobody there. This is how much Jose Mourinho is enjoying the evening. Wild thrill ride: Mourinho at Swansea 8:59PM 52 mins Rashford controls and spins away from Clucas, who chops him down. Accepts the yellow without complaint, as well he might: that was cut and dried. 8:58PM 50 mins Darmian has tangled with Mesa. Not been a classic so far, this second half. 8:56PM 48 mins More players in the wars, Routledge banging heads with Blind. 8:49PM 46 mins Back underway here. That Lindelof is not a United footballer. Again looks shaky. Tony Martial up for a header, falls and lands on Rangel's boot. Martial did not enjoy that one little bit. Boot in the back for his troubles. 8:46PM Sounds like Aguero is doing everything but score for City against Wolves. The Wolverhampton side clinging on gutsy like, 0-0 and half time is nearly due. 8:37PM In the other games Arsenal trail Norwich by 1-0. Bristol City have come from behind to lead Palace 2-1. Goalless at Bourn v Boro. One each for Leicester and Leeds. It's 0-0 between Citeh and Wolves but they kicked off at 8 8:33PM Here's where they've been touching it Average touch positions (half time) 8:32PM HALF TIME: Swansea City 0 Manchester United 1 Excellent goal, a lovely touch and crisp, calm finish. But this has been modest fare otherwise. Neither keeper breaking a sweat. Swansea vs Man Utd shots on goal 8:31PM 44 mins  Quiet period, McBurnie gets the ball, spins and shoots over. 8:29PM 43 mins Clucas with a run and shot. Curled wide, never really felt like a winning ticket. 8:28PM Bristol City have gone 2-1 up! They were trailing Palace but have fought back! 8:28PM 41 mins Decent move from United, it's cut back for young Scott McTominay, but he's not going to score many for the club if he shoots like that. 8:24PM 36 mins Olsson comes off, he's done his hamstring. Kyle Naughton comes on. Rangel has been booked, I think for some persistent fouling, the most recent example of which was trying to rugby tackle Tony Martial. 8:22PM 33 mins HA HA HA HA HA. Norwich have taken the lead at Arsenal. Oh dear. Lingard with an effort after an intricate move. Miss: Swansea 0 - 1 Man Utd (Jesse Lingard, 34 min) His colleagues think he ought to have done more with the shot, or not shot at all. 8:21PM 32 mins All happening up in the East Midlands. No sooner have Leeds taken the lead with a Pablo Hernandez cracker, Leicester are level when Kelechi Iheanacho breaks his Foxes duck with a curled equaliser. 8:18PM 31 mins Now Routledge bursts down the right and Tuanzebe is grabbing and nibbling at him. No pen. 8:18PM 30 mins Excellent movement from Swansea, their best spell of the match. Routledge runs, Lidelof tries to tackle and misses. Routledge was probably offside but not a great sign for United. Pressure: Swansea will be hoping to give this man further headaches in this evening's Carabao Cup game Credit: Reuters 8:16PM 29 mins Cross in from Ki. Blind attempts to head clear, but heads it at Swansea's McBurnie! Very nearly pings into the goal. And Bristol City are back on terms! 8:14PM 25 mins Rashford, looking a cut above in this company, drills a low freekick close. 8:09PM 23 mins Swansea look to hit back via Routlege, who is as always the most willing of runners. Caught offside. Palace have taken the lead v Bristol. 8:07PM GOAL! Man United take the lead This is a nice, direct, no fuss goal. Ball is drilled to Rashford a few yards into the Swansea half, he flicks it on with a lovely clever touch. And Lingard runs onto it, composes himself, and slots the ball home. Swansea 0 - 1 Man Utd (Jesse Lingard, 21 min) 8:05PM 20 mins Swansea were a little defensive to start with but it's even steven at the moment Possession: Swansea vs Man Utd 8:04PM 19 mins Corner from United. That's better handled by Swansea, Rangel hoofs clear. 8:03PM 17 mins Rangel tries to play in Routledge but it just over runs. Game is lacking a certain something thus far. 8:00PM 13 mins Lindelof with another individual error! He was at fault at the weekend, and he has let Ayew dance through! But he loses control. 8:00PM 12 mins Ball into Man United's box. They don't clear very efficiently. Soon, Swansea have a corner. "You're only here to see United," chant the away fans. It's a mystery as to why people don't like them, isn't it? 7:56PM 9 mins Two other Prem sides going close: Palace have hit the Bristol City bar; Bournemouth have the ball in Boro's net but the ref has blown. 7:55PM 7 mins Swansea with a decent corner in. That's cleared. 7:52PM 6 mins No goals in the other League Cup matches, but there is a goal up in Scotland where MIGHTY HIBERNIAN have taken the lead against the Jam Tarts. 7:52PM 5 mins United's second corner, Smalling again having the run of the place. Swansea making a meal of defending this. Cleared. 7:50PM 4 mins You could have driven a bus through the gaps in the Swansea defense and midfield during that Leicester match. They're not making that mistake so far tonight. Compact. Lots of men back. Lingard lashes a shot at goal after a nice move. Parried over. 7:47PM 1 mins We are underway here, Swansea in all white. United first to show, and they have an early corner. Smalling with a header! Skipper puts it wide. 7:45PM And here are United Credit: Sky Sports Football 7:44PM Here's the Swans Credit: Sky Sports Football 7:40PM Sam Dean at the Liberty Stadium United had to battle through a West Yorkshire storm in Saturday's defeat at Huddersfield, but they seem to have dodged the worst of the weather in Swansea tonight. For much of the early evening there was relentless, swirling rain, but it has completely cleared just in time for kick-off. Actually quite pleasant, really.  7:37PM Mourinho "People were upset after the last match and that is right. We don't come so far on a rainy day - with a big game coming up on Saturday that we could be preparing for - to throw away a match like we did last Saturday." 7:36PM Sensational giveaways at Arsenal Not sure why they complain the tickets are so pricey there. Free Gunner Mask for every reader; Granit Xhaka is already disguising himself as an Arsenal player Credit: Gerry Cox 7:26PM Sam at the stadium At a stormy Liberty Stadium for the visit of #MUFC tonight.Just the 15 changes between the two sides pic.twitter.com/i5IUrIXvDn— Sam Dean (@SamJDean) October 24, 2017 7:24PM More on the draw specialists EFL Cup is resembling a Pimp My Ride episodes where they make a car 'better' by covering it in fur and installing a pop-up hot dog maker.— Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) October 24, 2017 7:18PM Mourinho: the kids are alright etc "We thought some players needed a rest and some players deserve a start, especially the two young kids." Seven changes for #MUFC tonight! pic.twitter.com/vXkW54Uls9— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 24, 2017 7:18PM Major news from Arsenal where the PA man has badly upset the visiting East Anglians! Stadium announcer just called us Ipswich. Now this is personal. #arsevncfc— Steven Downes (@stevedownes1973) October 24, 2017 7:16PM Quick on the draw Carabao exec 1: We need to show the kids we're hip + on their level Carabao exec 2: I've got it, let's get Tuffers and Daws to do the draw https://t.co/5o2FS0upYk— Charlie Eccleshare (@CDEccleshare) October 24, 2017 7:05PM We'll try to keep you abreast of the other games tonight. There's half a dozen fixtures in this competition to say nothing of the Edinburgh derby about which may I just say: come on Hibs! 7:02PM United have worries of their own A win and a draw in their last two League games. Perhaps this will be a welcome relief. When the teams met here earlier in the season it was four nil to United, although that scoreline was perhaps a little harsh on the Welshmen: there were three goals in the last 10 minutes. 6:56PM Eight changes then for the hosts You'd say they are playing a weakened side, but having lost three of the last four in the League, perhaps shaking things up a bit isn't the end of the world. Some worrying defeats in that little run for the Swans: losing to fellow strugglers West Ham and Leicester, as well as Watford. The team they beat was promoted Huddersfield. Three points from those four fixtures does now augur well. 6:53PM And here are Swansea changes for the #Swans in the @Carabao_Cup tonight. Here’s how we will line up against @ManUtd… pic.twitter.com/bdxDrqmjhN— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) October 24, 2017 6:53PM Here are the teams: United first The team news is in! Here's the #MUFC starting XI to take on Swansea in the @Carabao_Cup... pic.twitter.com/qjjI3KRouU— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 24, 2017 6:41PM Just when you thought the Carbao Cup could not get any more essential Question of Sport duo to conduct #CarabaoCup quarter-final draw https://t.co/OX5MAWI6zT— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) October 24, 2017 6:41PM Good evening! Tyers here. 6:32PM Our preview What is it? It's the League Cup! What more could you possibly want? Specifically, it's a fourth round meeting between Swansea City FC and the red-favouring team from Manchester known, of course, as Manchester United. When is it? Tonight, that is Tuesday 24 October 2017. What time is kick-off? It's 19.45 BST. Yes, we are still inside the BST zone. What TV channel is it on? Tune your set top box or mobile viewing device to Sky Sports Football. Sky Sports Main Event will be showing this too. What is the team news? Victor Lindelof's display for Manchester United against Huddersfield could cost him a starting place in Tuesday's Carabao Cup trip to Swansea. Lindelof did not impress after coming on for the injured Phil Jones during Saturday's defeat and Jose Mourinho could choose to look at Axel Tuanzebe. Other changes are likely for the last-16 match, with Luke Shaw, Scott McTominay, Matteo Darmian, Sergio Romero and Daley Blind all under consideration. Provisional Man Utd squad: De Gea, Romero, Pereira, Valencia, Darmian, Tuanzebe, Lindelof, Smalling, Blind, Shaw, Young, Matic, Herrera, McTominay, Mata, Lingard, Mkhitaryan, Lukaku, Rashford, Martial. Who should Man Utd pick to face Swansea? Roque Mesa has started only three times since his £11million summer move from Las Palmas, but Swansea head coach Paul Clement confirmed that the midfielder will line up against United. Renato Sanches (thigh) is unavailable after joining Wilfried Bony (hamstring) and Kyle Bartley on the casualty list, while goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski is set to be rested. Provisional Swansea squad: Nordfeldt, Rangel, van der Hoorn, Mawson, Olsson, Mesa, Ki, Clucas, Dyer, Ayew, Abraham, Mulder, Naughton, Fernandez, Britton, Carroll, Narsingh, Fulton, Routledge, McBurnie. What are they saying? Juan Mata wants Manchester United to show unity as they look to bounce back from their lacklustre defeat at Huddersfield. United's first Premier League defeat of the season, a leaden-footed 2-1 reverse, saw manager Jose Mourinho tear into his side's "poor attitude" and lack of desire. But Mata, who was hooked at half-time at the John Smith's Stadium, has called for the team to pull together and return to the methods which saw them secure 10 wins and two draws from their previous 12 matches. Mata expects United to bounce back after their surprise defeat to Huddersfield Credit: ACTION IMAGES In his blog on the club's  website, the Spaniard wrote: "We knew this moment would arrive sooner or later, although that's something you never wish for, of course. "Now, it's time to learn from mistakes and keep going, as we always do, showing that the team sticks together when things don't go so well, which is when we need it most. "Since the European Super Cup defeat last summer, we've been performing really well against all kind of opponents. On Saturday, though, Huddersfield played their cards better than us and took all three points. All we can do now is congratulate them and move on. This is a not a sprint, but a marathon and there is still a long way to go. "Let's not forget that, before that game, we had got a good win in Lisbon. We beat a very good side in Benfica, a team with plenty of Champions League experience." "It's going to be a tough game," wrote Mata of the Swansea tie. "But, we are the reigning champions and we will try our best to win and keep moving forward. There's another big game next weekend, this time against Tottenham. "They're one of the most difficult teams to beat in the top-flight, and it's a key game for us to show all the virtues we have been talking about over the last two months." Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What are the odds? Swansea win: 6/1 Man Utd win: 8/15 Draw (after 90 mins): 17/2 What's our prediction? Swansea to make things difficult, but Man United settle it late in extra time. Swansea 2 Manchester United 3

Swansea City 0 Manchester United 2: Carabao Cup holders cruise through thanks to two-goal Jesse Lingard

After the chaos comes the calm. Taking place just four days after their Huddersfield humiliation, Manchester United’s trip to Swansea had threatened to plunge the club into even choppier waters, and not just because they were met with torrential downpours on their arrival at the Liberty Stadium. Instead, it turned into as smooth an evening as United manager Jose Mourinho could have hoped for on his 400th game in English football. Those storm clouds cleared just before kick-off, and United happily set about deconstructing a doleful Swansea outfit who, frankly, exuded the whiff of a side who know they have other, more pressing issues to be dealing with. But if the League Cup is indeed an afterthought, which Mourinho had implied when he suggested scrapping the competition last month, then Jesse Lingard, at least, must have missed the memo. Playing in the same central attacking position in which he struggled so evidently in that 2-1 defeat by Huddersfield at the weekend, Lingard found some form in spectacular fashion. Given the freedom to roam by his manager, and indeed the Swansea midfield, Lingard sprinkled his magic all over the park, scoring two excellent goals and tip-toeing around the field at will. Crisp: Jesse Lingard finished neatly after running on to a sweet ball from Marcus Rashford Credit: Getty That will provide some encouragement to Mourinho, as will the solidity of his back-line, which had been so imperious until their battering in West Yorkshire.  All the most important boxes, then, were happily ticked. There was even another brief run-out for the much-maligned Luke Shaw, making just his second appearance of the season. No wonder Mourinho described it as a “good day”. It is hard to draw too many conclusions from a night like this, though, when the placid atmosphere in the Swansea crowd was reflected among the players. Possession: Swansea vs Man Utd Swansea remain very much in the Premier League relegation mix, so a League Cup clash was never going to be a priority for Paul Clement. But he will surely not be happy with how obviously that showed. “From our point of view we just have to believe that a good result and good performance is round the corner,” said the Swansea manager, whose side lost 2-1 at home to Leicester City on Saturday and are level on points with 18th-placed Everton in the Premier League. “We have to show perseverance and determination to keep going at this difficult time that we are having.” Average touch positions (0 min) Between them, Clement and Mourinho made 15 changes from their respective league defeats. Mourinho did however opt for the same shape in which they finished the game against Huddersfield, with three central defenders at the back and Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial leading the line together. The first goal arrived after little more than 20 minutes. Ander Herrera found Rashford, who produced a gorgeous flick for the onrushing Lingard. Free from the attentions of anyone in white, he rolled in a smart finish. Axel Tuanzebe looks a real prospect. Confident, quick, comfortable on the ball and a real intelligence to his game. — Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) October 24, 2017 The second was similarly well-taken, as the 24-year-old buried a powerful header from just inside the penalty box after he was picked out by Matteo Darmian. They were only Lingard’s second and third goals of the season. “I have never got one like the second, so I am happy,” he said. “It all depends how the ball lands and the game you are in. They fell nicely to me today.” There were also impressive performances from 19-year-old defender Axel Tuanzebe and 20-year-old midfielder Scott McTominay. Experience v youth: Swansea City's Wayne Routledge is challenged by Manchester United's Axel Tuanzebe “I think they did well,” Mourinho said. “I would say Scott did very well because he was really comfortable and strong in midfield. “Since the first minute we felt we were in the game. We were comfortable on the pitch and the attitude was good." 10:01PM Arsenal beat Norwich 2-1 after extras All hail Eddie Nketiah! Saved Arsene's blushes there... 2035: "Few people know that before winning a record 15 ballons d'or at Man City, Eddie Nketiah began his career at former PL side Arsenal"— Nick Collins (@NicholasCollins) October 24, 2017 City and Wolves are going to eat the whole meal, it's still 0-0 deep into AET. 9:57PM We'll have Sam Dean's match report ASAP but we'll just stick with this live blog for a minute or two more to see if Arsenal can hold on. 9:53PM The hero of the hour I tell you what folks, if Eddie Nketiah DOESN'T win BBC Sports Personality of the Year after this I will be absolutely furious.— Gingers for Limpar (@Gingers4Limpar) October 24, 2017 9:49PM Arsenal have taken the lead! And it's Eddie Nketiah, heading in from close range. he scored the first almost as soon as he came on as a sub, now he's put his side ahead. Nice work Nketiah! 9:41PM Results Leicester 3 Leeds 1. The Foxes had to come back from a goal down there. Poor Roy Hodgson: his side have been spanked by lower-league opposition. Bristol City 4 Palace 1. Bournemouth 3 Boro 1 in what sounded like a close game. 9:40PM Arsenal and Norwich are playing extra time 1-1 there. 9:39PM Full time: Swansea City 0 Manchester United 2 Pretty routine stuff from United, they never looked stretched and once the second went in, it was all over to be honest. 9:37PM 90+ mins This match is done, and has been for some time, but Romero has just produced a blinding save to deny the Swansa consolation. That's the lot here. 9:36PM 90 mins Jack Wilshere had a chance to win it for the Arsenal but Angus Gunn in Norwich nets has kept it out with a good save. His dad Bryan will be proud, and one of Bryan Gunn's other former clubs are in good spirits tonight too: Hibs have beaten Hearts 1-0! 9:29PM 85 mins Martial comes off and Luke Shaw is coming on. He had 45 minutes in the previous round of this competition. Clearly being eased back in. All the signs seem to be that Mourinho does not fancy the player but perhaps that will change. 9:27PM 83 mins Bournemouth have extended their lead. Perhaps more significantly, Arsenal have levelled it against the Canaries. 9:26PM 82 mins Chapeau to Wolves, by the way, who are keeping Man City goalless. 9:24PM 81 mins Barring calamities, this is all wrapped up for United. Lingard looks to put the icing on the cake with a hat-trick, but has cracked his shot straight at the keeper. 9:23PM 78 mins Now Daley Blind goes into the referee's notebook. Wayne Routledge, who has been knocked about rather roughly this evening, was his victim. 9:22PM 76 mins Callum Wilson has scored for the Cherries. Spot kick. it's Bournemouth 2 Boro 1! 9:22PM 75 mins Young Tuanzebe blots his copybook though, with a foul on the edge of the United box that sees him booked and gives Swansea a handy freekick. Ayew hits the target. 9:18PM 74 mins Swans sub Tammy Abraham has lashed one at goal. Tipped over. 9:17PM 73 mins Fox Force Five! Or two, anyway. Islam Slimani has given Leicester the lead over Leeds. 9:14PM 70 mins Gary's impressed. Axel Tuanzebe looks a real prospect. Confident, quick, comfortable on the ball and a real intelligence to his game. — Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) October 24, 2017 And the lad nearly bundles one home after a run goes scrappy in the box.  9:13PM 65 mins Not a great sight for Swansea either, they don't look anything like getting back in this game, and here comes the cavalry. 66' - Double change for #MUFC - it's Matic and @RomeluLukaku9 on for @MarcusRashford and @AnderHerrera.— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 24, 2017 Lingard has a chance for the match ball but fluffs a decent chance on his weaker left foot.  9:11PM 62 mins Oh Roy! It's FOUR goals for Bristol City against Crystal Palace.  9:05PM 60 mins Elsewhere, it's 3-1 for Bristol City against Palace, no rest for the wicked thinks Roy Hodgson. Apparently they were making Icelandic HAROOO chants there earlier. Dear me. Boro and Bournemouth are locked at 1-1, as are Leicester and Leeds. Wolves fighting hard against Man City and it's 0-0 there with the second half underway. 9:04PM GOAL! United two up And it's a great goal! A sweeping, flamboyant break from United, a magnificent cross from Darmian and Jesse Lingard has scored a really excellent header. That goal would have lit up any game! Swansea 0 - 2 Man Utd (Jesse Lingard, 59 min) 9:02PM 55 mins Gosh, really very little tell you so far. A ball whizzes across the Swansea area but there is nobody there. This is how much Jose Mourinho is enjoying the evening. Wild thrill ride: Mourinho at Swansea 8:59PM 52 mins Rashford controls and spins away from Clucas, who chops him down. Accepts the yellow without complaint, as well he might: that was cut and dried. 8:58PM 50 mins Darmian has tangled with Mesa. Not been a classic so far, this second half. 8:56PM 48 mins More players in the wars, Routledge banging heads with Blind. 8:49PM 46 mins Back underway here. That Lindelof is not a United footballer. Again looks shaky. Tony Martial up for a header, falls and lands on Rangel's boot. Martial did not enjoy that one little bit. Boot in the back for his troubles. 8:46PM Sounds like Aguero is doing everything but score for City against Wolves. The Wolverhampton side clinging on gutsy like, 0-0 and half time is nearly due. 8:37PM In the other games Arsenal trail Norwich by 1-0. Bristol City have come from behind to lead Palace 2-1. Goalless at Bourn v Boro. One each for Leicester and Leeds. It's 0-0 between Citeh and Wolves but they kicked off at 8 8:33PM Here's where they've been touching it Average touch positions (half time) 8:32PM HALF TIME: Swansea City 0 Manchester United 1 Excellent goal, a lovely touch and crisp, calm finish. But this has been modest fare otherwise. Neither keeper breaking a sweat. Swansea vs Man Utd shots on goal 8:31PM 44 mins  Quiet period, McBurnie gets the ball, spins and shoots over. 8:29PM 43 mins Clucas with a run and shot. Curled wide, never really felt like a winning ticket. 8:28PM Bristol City have gone 2-1 up! They were trailing Palace but have fought back! 8:28PM 41 mins Decent move from United, it's cut back for young Scott McTominay, but he's not going to score many for the club if he shoots like that. 8:24PM 36 mins Olsson comes off, he's done his hamstring. Kyle Naughton comes on. Rangel has been booked, I think for some persistent fouling, the most recent example of which was trying to rugby tackle Tony Martial. 8:22PM 33 mins HA HA HA HA HA. Norwich have taken the lead at Arsenal. Oh dear. Lingard with an effort after an intricate move. Miss: Swansea 0 - 1 Man Utd (Jesse Lingard, 34 min) His colleagues think he ought to have done more with the shot, or not shot at all. 8:21PM 32 mins All happening up in the East Midlands. No sooner have Leeds taken the lead with a Pablo Hernandez cracker, Leicester are level when Kelechi Iheanacho breaks his Foxes duck with a curled equaliser. 8:18PM 31 mins Now Routledge bursts down the right and Tuanzebe is grabbing and nibbling at him. No pen. 8:18PM 30 mins Excellent movement from Swansea, their best spell of the match. Routledge runs, Lidelof tries to tackle and misses. Routledge was probably offside but not a great sign for United. Pressure: Swansea will be hoping to give this man further headaches in this evening's Carabao Cup game Credit: Reuters 8:16PM 29 mins Cross in from Ki. Blind attempts to head clear, but heads it at Swansea's McBurnie! Very nearly pings into the goal. And Bristol City are back on terms! 8:14PM 25 mins Rashford, looking a cut above in this company, drills a low freekick close. 8:09PM 23 mins Swansea look to hit back via Routlege, who is as always the most willing of runners. Caught offside. Palace have taken the lead v Bristol. 8:07PM GOAL! Man United take the lead This is a nice, direct, no fuss goal. Ball is drilled to Rashford a few yards into the Swansea half, he flicks it on with a lovely clever touch. And Lingard runs onto it, composes himself, and slots the ball home. Swansea 0 - 1 Man Utd (Jesse Lingard, 21 min) 8:05PM 20 mins Swansea were a little defensive to start with but it's even steven at the moment Possession: Swansea vs Man Utd 8:04PM 19 mins Corner from United. That's better handled by Swansea, Rangel hoofs clear. 8:03PM 17 mins Rangel tries to play in Routledge but it just over runs. Game is lacking a certain something thus far. 8:00PM 13 mins Lindelof with another individual error! He was at fault at the weekend, and he has let Ayew dance through! But he loses control. 8:00PM 12 mins Ball into Man United's box. They don't clear very efficiently. Soon, Swansea have a corner. "You're only here to see United," chant the away fans. It's a mystery as to why people don't like them, isn't it? 7:56PM 9 mins Two other Prem sides going close: Palace have hit the Bristol City bar; Bournemouth have the ball in Boro's net but the ref has blown. 7:55PM 7 mins Swansea with a decent corner in. That's cleared. 7:52PM 6 mins No goals in the other League Cup matches, but there is a goal up in Scotland where MIGHTY HIBERNIAN have taken the lead against the Jam Tarts. 7:52PM 5 mins United's second corner, Smalling again having the run of the place. Swansea making a meal of defending this. Cleared. 7:50PM 4 mins You could have driven a bus through the gaps in the Swansea defense and midfield during that Leicester match. They're not making that mistake so far tonight. Compact. Lots of men back. Lingard lashes a shot at goal after a nice move. Parried over. 7:47PM 1 mins We are underway here, Swansea in all white. United first to show, and they have an early corner. Smalling with a header! Skipper puts it wide. 7:45PM And here are United Credit: Sky Sports Football 7:44PM Here's the Swans Credit: Sky Sports Football 7:40PM Sam Dean at the Liberty Stadium United had to battle through a West Yorkshire storm in Saturday's defeat at Huddersfield, but they seem to have dodged the worst of the weather in Swansea tonight. For much of the early evening there was relentless, swirling rain, but it has completely cleared just in time for kick-off. Actually quite pleasant, really.  7:37PM Mourinho "People were upset after the last match and that is right. We don't come so far on a rainy day - with a big game coming up on Saturday that we could be preparing for - to throw away a match like we did last Saturday." 7:36PM Sensational giveaways at Arsenal Not sure why they complain the tickets are so pricey there. Free Gunner Mask for every reader; Granit Xhaka is already disguising himself as an Arsenal player Credit: Gerry Cox 7:26PM Sam at the stadium At a stormy Liberty Stadium for the visit of #MUFC tonight.Just the 15 changes between the two sides pic.twitter.com/i5IUrIXvDn— Sam Dean (@SamJDean) October 24, 2017 7:24PM More on the draw specialists EFL Cup is resembling a Pimp My Ride episodes where they make a car 'better' by covering it in fur and installing a pop-up hot dog maker.— Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) October 24, 2017 7:18PM Mourinho: the kids are alright etc "We thought some players needed a rest and some players deserve a start, especially the two young kids." Seven changes for #MUFC tonight! pic.twitter.com/vXkW54Uls9— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 24, 2017 7:18PM Major news from Arsenal where the PA man has badly upset the visiting East Anglians! Stadium announcer just called us Ipswich. Now this is personal. #arsevncfc— Steven Downes (@stevedownes1973) October 24, 2017 7:16PM Quick on the draw Carabao exec 1: We need to show the kids we're hip + on their level Carabao exec 2: I've got it, let's get Tuffers and Daws to do the draw https://t.co/5o2FS0upYk— Charlie Eccleshare (@CDEccleshare) October 24, 2017 7:05PM We'll try to keep you abreast of the other games tonight. There's half a dozen fixtures in this competition to say nothing of the Edinburgh derby about which may I just say: come on Hibs! 7:02PM United have worries of their own A win and a draw in their last two League games. Perhaps this will be a welcome relief. When the teams met here earlier in the season it was four nil to United, although that scoreline was perhaps a little harsh on the Welshmen: there were three goals in the last 10 minutes. 6:56PM Eight changes then for the hosts You'd say they are playing a weakened side, but having lost three of the last four in the League, perhaps shaking things up a bit isn't the end of the world. Some worrying defeats in that little run for the Swans: losing to fellow strugglers West Ham and Leicester, as well as Watford. The team they beat was promoted Huddersfield. Three points from those four fixtures does now augur well. 6:53PM And here are Swansea changes for the #Swans in the @Carabao_Cup tonight. Here’s how we will line up against @ManUtd… pic.twitter.com/bdxDrqmjhN— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) October 24, 2017 6:53PM Here are the teams: United first The team news is in! Here's the #MUFC starting XI to take on Swansea in the @Carabao_Cup... pic.twitter.com/qjjI3KRouU— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 24, 2017 6:41PM Just when you thought the Carbao Cup could not get any more essential Question of Sport duo to conduct #CarabaoCup quarter-final draw https://t.co/OX5MAWI6zT— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) October 24, 2017 6:41PM Good evening! Tyers here. 6:32PM Our preview What is it? It's the League Cup! What more could you possibly want? Specifically, it's a fourth round meeting between Swansea City FC and the red-favouring team from Manchester known, of course, as Manchester United. When is it? Tonight, that is Tuesday 24 October 2017. What time is kick-off? It's 19.45 BST. Yes, we are still inside the BST zone. What TV channel is it on? Tune your set top box or mobile viewing device to Sky Sports Football. Sky Sports Main Event will be showing this too. What is the team news? Victor Lindelof's display for Manchester United against Huddersfield could cost him a starting place in Tuesday's Carabao Cup trip to Swansea. Lindelof did not impress after coming on for the injured Phil Jones during Saturday's defeat and Jose Mourinho could choose to look at Axel Tuanzebe. Other changes are likely for the last-16 match, with Luke Shaw, Scott McTominay, Matteo Darmian, Sergio Romero and Daley Blind all under consideration. Provisional Man Utd squad: De Gea, Romero, Pereira, Valencia, Darmian, Tuanzebe, Lindelof, Smalling, Blind, Shaw, Young, Matic, Herrera, McTominay, Mata, Lingard, Mkhitaryan, Lukaku, Rashford, Martial. Who should Man Utd pick to face Swansea? Roque Mesa has started only three times since his £11million summer move from Las Palmas, but Swansea head coach Paul Clement confirmed that the midfielder will line up against United. Renato Sanches (thigh) is unavailable after joining Wilfried Bony (hamstring) and Kyle Bartley on the casualty list, while goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski is set to be rested. Provisional Swansea squad: Nordfeldt, Rangel, van der Hoorn, Mawson, Olsson, Mesa, Ki, Clucas, Dyer, Ayew, Abraham, Mulder, Naughton, Fernandez, Britton, Carroll, Narsingh, Fulton, Routledge, McBurnie. What are they saying? Juan Mata wants Manchester United to show unity as they look to bounce back from their lacklustre defeat at Huddersfield. United's first Premier League defeat of the season, a leaden-footed 2-1 reverse, saw manager Jose Mourinho tear into his side's "poor attitude" and lack of desire. But Mata, who was hooked at half-time at the John Smith's Stadium, has called for the team to pull together and return to the methods which saw them secure 10 wins and two draws from their previous 12 matches. Mata expects United to bounce back after their surprise defeat to Huddersfield Credit: ACTION IMAGES In his blog on the club's  website, the Spaniard wrote: "We knew this moment would arrive sooner or later, although that's something you never wish for, of course. "Now, it's time to learn from mistakes and keep going, as we always do, showing that the team sticks together when things don't go so well, which is when we need it most. "Since the European Super Cup defeat last summer, we've been performing really well against all kind of opponents. On Saturday, though, Huddersfield played their cards better than us and took all three points. All we can do now is congratulate them and move on. This is a not a sprint, but a marathon and there is still a long way to go. "Let's not forget that, before that game, we had got a good win in Lisbon. We beat a very good side in Benfica, a team with plenty of Champions League experience." "It's going to be a tough game," wrote Mata of the Swansea tie. "But, we are the reigning champions and we will try our best to win and keep moving forward. There's another big game next weekend, this time against Tottenham. "They're one of the most difficult teams to beat in the top-flight, and it's a key game for us to show all the virtues we have been talking about over the last two months." Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What are the odds? Swansea win: 6/1 Man Utd win: 8/15 Draw (after 90 mins): 17/2 What's our prediction? Swansea to make things difficult, but Man United settle it late in extra time. Swansea 2 Manchester United 3

Swansea City 0 Manchester United 2: Carabao Cup holders cruise through thanks to two-goal Jesse Lingard

After the chaos comes the calm. Taking place just four days after their Huddersfield humiliation, Manchester United’s trip to Swansea had threatened to plunge the club into even choppier waters, and not just because they were met with torrential downpours on their arrival at the Liberty Stadium. Instead, it turned into as smooth an evening as United manager Jose Mourinho could have hoped for on his 400th game in English football. Those storm clouds cleared just before kick-off, and United happily set about deconstructing a doleful Swansea outfit who, frankly, exuded the whiff of a side who know they have other, more pressing issues to be dealing with. But if the League Cup is indeed an afterthought, which Mourinho had implied when he suggested scrapping the competition last month, then Jesse Lingard, at least, must have missed the memo. Playing in the same central attacking position in which he struggled so evidently in that 2-1 defeat by Huddersfield at the weekend, Lingard found some form in spectacular fashion. Given the freedom to roam by his manager, and indeed the Swansea midfield, Lingard sprinkled his magic all over the park, scoring two excellent goals and tip-toeing around the field at will. Crisp: Jesse Lingard finished neatly after running on to a sweet ball from Marcus Rashford Credit: Getty That will provide some encouragement to Mourinho, as will the solidity of his back-line, which had been so imperious until their battering in West Yorkshire.  All the most important boxes, then, were happily ticked. There was even another brief run-out for the much-maligned Luke Shaw, making just his second appearance of the season. No wonder Mourinho described it as a “good day”. It is hard to draw too many conclusions from a night like this, though, when the placid atmosphere in the Swansea crowd was reflected among the players. Possession: Swansea vs Man Utd Swansea remain very much in the Premier League relegation mix, so a League Cup clash was never going to be a priority for Paul Clement. But he will surely not be happy with how obviously that showed. “From our point of view we just have to believe that a good result and good performance is round the corner,” said the Swansea manager, whose side lost 2-1 at home to Leicester City on Saturday and are level on points with 18th-placed Everton in the Premier League. “We have to show perseverance and determination to keep going at this difficult time that we are having.” Average touch positions (0 min) Between them, Clement and Mourinho made 15 changes from their respective league defeats. Mourinho did however opt for the same shape in which they finished the game against Huddersfield, with three central defenders at the back and Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial leading the line together. The first goal arrived after little more than 20 minutes. Ander Herrera found Rashford, who produced a gorgeous flick for the onrushing Lingard. Free from the attentions of anyone in white, he rolled in a smart finish. Axel Tuanzebe looks a real prospect. Confident, quick, comfortable on the ball and a real intelligence to his game. — Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) October 24, 2017 The second was similarly well-taken, as the 24-year-old buried a powerful header from just inside the penalty box after he was picked out by Matteo Darmian. They were only Lingard’s second and third goals of the season. “I have never got one like the second, so I am happy,” he said. “It all depends how the ball lands and the game you are in. They fell nicely to me today.” There were also impressive performances from 19-year-old defender Axel Tuanzebe and 20-year-old midfielder Scott McTominay. Experience v youth: Swansea City's Wayne Routledge is challenged by Manchester United's Axel Tuanzebe “I think they did well,” Mourinho said. “I would say Scott did very well because he was really comfortable and strong in midfield. “Since the first minute we felt we were in the game. We were comfortable on the pitch and the attitude was good." 10:01PM Arsenal beat Norwich 2-1 after extras All hail Eddie Nketiah! Saved Arsene's blushes there... 2035: "Few people know that before winning a record 15 ballons d'or at Man City, Eddie Nketiah began his career at former PL side Arsenal"— Nick Collins (@NicholasCollins) October 24, 2017 City and Wolves are going to eat the whole meal, it's still 0-0 deep into AET. 9:57PM We'll have Sam Dean's match report ASAP but we'll just stick with this live blog for a minute or two more to see if Arsenal can hold on. 9:53PM The hero of the hour I tell you what folks, if Eddie Nketiah DOESN'T win BBC Sports Personality of the Year after this I will be absolutely furious.— Gingers for Limpar (@Gingers4Limpar) October 24, 2017 9:49PM Arsenal have taken the lead! And it's Eddie Nketiah, heading in from close range. he scored the first almost as soon as he came on as a sub, now he's put his side ahead. Nice work Nketiah! 9:41PM Results Leicester 3 Leeds 1. The Foxes had to come back from a goal down there. Poor Roy Hodgson: his side have been spanked by lower-league opposition. Bristol City 4 Palace 1. Bournemouth 3 Boro 1 in what sounded like a close game. 9:40PM Arsenal and Norwich are playing extra time 1-1 there. 9:39PM Full time: Swansea City 0 Manchester United 2 Pretty routine stuff from United, they never looked stretched and once the second went in, it was all over to be honest. 9:37PM 90+ mins This match is done, and has been for some time, but Romero has just produced a blinding save to deny the Swansa consolation. That's the lot here. 9:36PM 90 mins Jack Wilshere had a chance to win it for the Arsenal but Angus Gunn in Norwich nets has kept it out with a good save. His dad Bryan will be proud, and one of Bryan Gunn's other former clubs are in good spirits tonight too: Hibs have beaten Hearts 1-0! 9:29PM 85 mins Martial comes off and Luke Shaw is coming on. He had 45 minutes in the previous round of this competition. Clearly being eased back in. All the signs seem to be that Mourinho does not fancy the player but perhaps that will change. 9:27PM 83 mins Bournemouth have extended their lead. Perhaps more significantly, Arsenal have levelled it against the Canaries. 9:26PM 82 mins Chapeau to Wolves, by the way, who are keeping Man City goalless. 9:24PM 81 mins Barring calamities, this is all wrapped up for United. Lingard looks to put the icing on the cake with a hat-trick, but has cracked his shot straight at the keeper. 9:23PM 78 mins Now Daley Blind goes into the referee's notebook. Wayne Routledge, who has been knocked about rather roughly this evening, was his victim. 9:22PM 76 mins Callum Wilson has scored for the Cherries. Spot kick. it's Bournemouth 2 Boro 1! 9:22PM 75 mins Young Tuanzebe blots his copybook though, with a foul on the edge of the United box that sees him booked and gives Swansea a handy freekick. Ayew hits the target. 9:18PM 74 mins Swans sub Tammy Abraham has lashed one at goal. Tipped over. 9:17PM 73 mins Fox Force Five! Or two, anyway. Islam Slimani has given Leicester the lead over Leeds. 9:14PM 70 mins Gary's impressed. Axel Tuanzebe looks a real prospect. Confident, quick, comfortable on the ball and a real intelligence to his game. — Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) October 24, 2017 And the lad nearly bundles one home after a run goes scrappy in the box.  9:13PM 65 mins Not a great sight for Swansea either, they don't look anything like getting back in this game, and here comes the cavalry. 66' - Double change for #MUFC - it's Matic and @RomeluLukaku9 on for @MarcusRashford and @AnderHerrera.— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 24, 2017 Lingard has a chance for the match ball but fluffs a decent chance on his weaker left foot.  9:11PM 62 mins Oh Roy! It's FOUR goals for Bristol City against Crystal Palace.  9:05PM 60 mins Elsewhere, it's 3-1 for Bristol City against Palace, no rest for the wicked thinks Roy Hodgson. Apparently they were making Icelandic HAROOO chants there earlier. Dear me. Boro and Bournemouth are locked at 1-1, as are Leicester and Leeds. Wolves fighting hard against Man City and it's 0-0 there with the second half underway. 9:04PM GOAL! United two up And it's a great goal! A sweeping, flamboyant break from United, a magnificent cross from Darmian and Jesse Lingard has scored a really excellent header. That goal would have lit up any game! Swansea 0 - 2 Man Utd (Jesse Lingard, 59 min) 9:02PM 55 mins Gosh, really very little tell you so far. A ball whizzes across the Swansea area but there is nobody there. This is how much Jose Mourinho is enjoying the evening. Wild thrill ride: Mourinho at Swansea 8:59PM 52 mins Rashford controls and spins away from Clucas, who chops him down. Accepts the yellow without complaint, as well he might: that was cut and dried. 8:58PM 50 mins Darmian has tangled with Mesa. Not been a classic so far, this second half. 8:56PM 48 mins More players in the wars, Routledge banging heads with Blind. 8:49PM 46 mins Back underway here. That Lindelof is not a United footballer. Again looks shaky. Tony Martial up for a header, falls and lands on Rangel's boot. Martial did not enjoy that one little bit. Boot in the back for his troubles. 8:46PM Sounds like Aguero is doing everything but score for City against Wolves. The Wolverhampton side clinging on gutsy like, 0-0 and half time is nearly due. 8:37PM In the other games Arsenal trail Norwich by 1-0. Bristol City have come from behind to lead Palace 2-1. Goalless at Bourn v Boro. One each for Leicester and Leeds. It's 0-0 between Citeh and Wolves but they kicked off at 8 8:33PM Here's where they've been touching it Average touch positions (half time) 8:32PM HALF TIME: Swansea City 0 Manchester United 1 Excellent goal, a lovely touch and crisp, calm finish. But this has been modest fare otherwise. Neither keeper breaking a sweat. Swansea vs Man Utd shots on goal 8:31PM 44 mins  Quiet period, McBurnie gets the ball, spins and shoots over. 8:29PM 43 mins Clucas with a run and shot. Curled wide, never really felt like a winning ticket. 8:28PM Bristol City have gone 2-1 up! They were trailing Palace but have fought back! 8:28PM 41 mins Decent move from United, it's cut back for young Scott McTominay, but he's not going to score many for the club if he shoots like that. 8:24PM 36 mins Olsson comes off, he's done his hamstring. Kyle Naughton comes on. Rangel has been booked, I think for some persistent fouling, the most recent example of which was trying to rugby tackle Tony Martial. 8:22PM 33 mins HA HA HA HA HA. Norwich have taken the lead at Arsenal. Oh dear. Lingard with an effort after an intricate move. Miss: Swansea 0 - 1 Man Utd (Jesse Lingard, 34 min) His colleagues think he ought to have done more with the shot, or not shot at all. 8:21PM 32 mins All happening up in the East Midlands. No sooner have Leeds taken the lead with a Pablo Hernandez cracker, Leicester are level when Kelechi Iheanacho breaks his Foxes duck with a curled equaliser. 8:18PM 31 mins Now Routledge bursts down the right and Tuanzebe is grabbing and nibbling at him. No pen. 8:18PM 30 mins Excellent movement from Swansea, their best spell of the match. Routledge runs, Lidelof tries to tackle and misses. Routledge was probably offside but not a great sign for United. Pressure: Swansea will be hoping to give this man further headaches in this evening's Carabao Cup game Credit: Reuters 8:16PM 29 mins Cross in from Ki. Blind attempts to head clear, but heads it at Swansea's McBurnie! Very nearly pings into the goal. And Bristol City are back on terms! 8:14PM 25 mins Rashford, looking a cut above in this company, drills a low freekick close. 8:09PM 23 mins Swansea look to hit back via Routlege, who is as always the most willing of runners. Caught offside. Palace have taken the lead v Bristol. 8:07PM GOAL! Man United take the lead This is a nice, direct, no fuss goal. Ball is drilled to Rashford a few yards into the Swansea half, he flicks it on with a lovely clever touch. And Lingard runs onto it, composes himself, and slots the ball home. Swansea 0 - 1 Man Utd (Jesse Lingard, 21 min) 8:05PM 20 mins Swansea were a little defensive to start with but it's even steven at the moment Possession: Swansea vs Man Utd 8:04PM 19 mins Corner from United. That's better handled by Swansea, Rangel hoofs clear. 8:03PM 17 mins Rangel tries to play in Routledge but it just over runs. Game is lacking a certain something thus far. 8:00PM 13 mins Lindelof with another individual error! He was at fault at the weekend, and he has let Ayew dance through! But he loses control. 8:00PM 12 mins Ball into Man United's box. They don't clear very efficiently. Soon, Swansea have a corner. "You're only here to see United," chant the away fans. It's a mystery as to why people don't like them, isn't it? 7:56PM 9 mins Two other Prem sides going close: Palace have hit the Bristol City bar; Bournemouth have the ball in Boro's net but the ref has blown. 7:55PM 7 mins Swansea with a decent corner in. That's cleared. 7:52PM 6 mins No goals in the other League Cup matches, but there is a goal up in Scotland where MIGHTY HIBERNIAN have taken the lead against the Jam Tarts. 7:52PM 5 mins United's second corner, Smalling again having the run of the place. Swansea making a meal of defending this. Cleared. 7:50PM 4 mins You could have driven a bus through the gaps in the Swansea defense and midfield during that Leicester match. They're not making that mistake so far tonight. Compact. Lots of men back. Lingard lashes a shot at goal after a nice move. Parried over. 7:47PM 1 mins We are underway here, Swansea in all white. United first to show, and they have an early corner. Smalling with a header! Skipper puts it wide. 7:45PM And here are United Credit: Sky Sports Football 7:44PM Here's the Swans Credit: Sky Sports Football 7:40PM Sam Dean at the Liberty Stadium United had to battle through a West Yorkshire storm in Saturday's defeat at Huddersfield, but they seem to have dodged the worst of the weather in Swansea tonight. For much of the early evening there was relentless, swirling rain, but it has completely cleared just in time for kick-off. Actually quite pleasant, really.  7:37PM Mourinho "People were upset after the last match and that is right. We don't come so far on a rainy day - with a big game coming up on Saturday that we could be preparing for - to throw away a match like we did last Saturday." 7:36PM Sensational giveaways at Arsenal Not sure why they complain the tickets are so pricey there. Free Gunner Mask for every reader; Granit Xhaka is already disguising himself as an Arsenal player Credit: Gerry Cox 7:26PM Sam at the stadium At a stormy Liberty Stadium for the visit of #MUFC tonight.Just the 15 changes between the two sides pic.twitter.com/i5IUrIXvDn— Sam Dean (@SamJDean) October 24, 2017 7:24PM More on the draw specialists EFL Cup is resembling a Pimp My Ride episodes where they make a car 'better' by covering it in fur and installing a pop-up hot dog maker.— Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) October 24, 2017 7:18PM Mourinho: the kids are alright etc "We thought some players needed a rest and some players deserve a start, especially the two young kids." Seven changes for #MUFC tonight! pic.twitter.com/vXkW54Uls9— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 24, 2017 7:18PM Major news from Arsenal where the PA man has badly upset the visiting East Anglians! Stadium announcer just called us Ipswich. Now this is personal. #arsevncfc— Steven Downes (@stevedownes1973) October 24, 2017 7:16PM Quick on the draw Carabao exec 1: We need to show the kids we're hip + on their level Carabao exec 2: I've got it, let's get Tuffers and Daws to do the draw https://t.co/5o2FS0upYk— Charlie Eccleshare (@CDEccleshare) October 24, 2017 7:05PM We'll try to keep you abreast of the other games tonight. There's half a dozen fixtures in this competition to say nothing of the Edinburgh derby about which may I just say: come on Hibs! 7:02PM United have worries of their own A win and a draw in their last two League games. Perhaps this will be a welcome relief. When the teams met here earlier in the season it was four nil to United, although that scoreline was perhaps a little harsh on the Welshmen: there were three goals in the last 10 minutes. 6:56PM Eight changes then for the hosts You'd say they are playing a weakened side, but having lost three of the last four in the League, perhaps shaking things up a bit isn't the end of the world. Some worrying defeats in that little run for the Swans: losing to fellow strugglers West Ham and Leicester, as well as Watford. The team they beat was promoted Huddersfield. Three points from those four fixtures does now augur well. 6:53PM And here are Swansea changes for the #Swans in the @Carabao_Cup tonight. Here’s how we will line up against @ManUtd… pic.twitter.com/bdxDrqmjhN— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) October 24, 2017 6:53PM Here are the teams: United first The team news is in! Here's the #MUFC starting XI to take on Swansea in the @Carabao_Cup... pic.twitter.com/qjjI3KRouU— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 24, 2017 6:41PM Just when you thought the Carbao Cup could not get any more essential Question of Sport duo to conduct #CarabaoCup quarter-final draw https://t.co/OX5MAWI6zT— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) October 24, 2017 6:41PM Good evening! Tyers here. 6:32PM Our preview What is it? It's the League Cup! What more could you possibly want? Specifically, it's a fourth round meeting between Swansea City FC and the red-favouring team from Manchester known, of course, as Manchester United. When is it? Tonight, that is Tuesday 24 October 2017. What time is kick-off? It's 19.45 BST. Yes, we are still inside the BST zone. What TV channel is it on? Tune your set top box or mobile viewing device to Sky Sports Football. Sky Sports Main Event will be showing this too. What is the team news? Victor Lindelof's display for Manchester United against Huddersfield could cost him a starting place in Tuesday's Carabao Cup trip to Swansea. Lindelof did not impress after coming on for the injured Phil Jones during Saturday's defeat and Jose Mourinho could choose to look at Axel Tuanzebe. Other changes are likely for the last-16 match, with Luke Shaw, Scott McTominay, Matteo Darmian, Sergio Romero and Daley Blind all under consideration. Provisional Man Utd squad: De Gea, Romero, Pereira, Valencia, Darmian, Tuanzebe, Lindelof, Smalling, Blind, Shaw, Young, Matic, Herrera, McTominay, Mata, Lingard, Mkhitaryan, Lukaku, Rashford, Martial. Who should Man Utd pick to face Swansea? Roque Mesa has started only three times since his £11million summer move from Las Palmas, but Swansea head coach Paul Clement confirmed that the midfielder will line up against United. Renato Sanches (thigh) is unavailable after joining Wilfried Bony (hamstring) and Kyle Bartley on the casualty list, while goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski is set to be rested. Provisional Swansea squad: Nordfeldt, Rangel, van der Hoorn, Mawson, Olsson, Mesa, Ki, Clucas, Dyer, Ayew, Abraham, Mulder, Naughton, Fernandez, Britton, Carroll, Narsingh, Fulton, Routledge, McBurnie. What are they saying? Juan Mata wants Manchester United to show unity as they look to bounce back from their lacklustre defeat at Huddersfield. United's first Premier League defeat of the season, a leaden-footed 2-1 reverse, saw manager Jose Mourinho tear into his side's "poor attitude" and lack of desire. But Mata, who was hooked at half-time at the John Smith's Stadium, has called for the team to pull together and return to the methods which saw them secure 10 wins and two draws from their previous 12 matches. Mata expects United to bounce back after their surprise defeat to Huddersfield Credit: ACTION IMAGES In his blog on the club's  website, the Spaniard wrote: "We knew this moment would arrive sooner or later, although that's something you never wish for, of course. "Now, it's time to learn from mistakes and keep going, as we always do, showing that the team sticks together when things don't go so well, which is when we need it most. "Since the European Super Cup defeat last summer, we've been performing really well against all kind of opponents. On Saturday, though, Huddersfield played their cards better than us and took all three points. All we can do now is congratulate them and move on. This is a not a sprint, but a marathon and there is still a long way to go. "Let's not forget that, before that game, we had got a good win in Lisbon. We beat a very good side in Benfica, a team with plenty of Champions League experience." "It's going to be a tough game," wrote Mata of the Swansea tie. "But, we are the reigning champions and we will try our best to win and keep moving forward. There's another big game next weekend, this time against Tottenham. "They're one of the most difficult teams to beat in the top-flight, and it's a key game for us to show all the virtues we have been talking about over the last two months." Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What are the odds? Swansea win: 6/1 Man Utd win: 8/15 Draw (after 90 mins): 17/2 What's our prediction? Swansea to make things difficult, but Man United settle it late in extra time. Swansea 2 Manchester United 3

Swansea City 0 Manchester United 2: Carabao Cup holders cruise through thanks to two-goal Jesse Lingard

After the chaos of Saturday, here was a welcome return to tranquility for Manchester United and Jose Mourinho. Taking to the field just four days after their Huddersfield humiliation, a trip to Swansea had threatened to plunge United into even choppier waters, and not just because they arrived at the Liberty Stadium to be greeted by torrential downpours. Fittingly, those storm clouds cleared just in time for kick-off, and Mourinho’s much-changed side happily set about deconstructing a doleful Swansea outfit who, frankly, exuded the whiff of a club who know they have other, more pressing issues to be dealing with. But if the League Cup is indeed an afterthought, which Mourinho had also implied when he suggested scrapping the competition last month, then Jesse Lingard, at least, must have missed the memo. Playing in the same central attacking position in which he struggled so evidently in that 2-1 defeat by Huddersfield at the weekend, Lingard found some form in spectacular fashion. Crisp: Jesse Lingard finished neatly after running on to a sweet ball from Marcus Rashford Credit: Getty Given the freedom to roam by his manager, and indeed the Swansea midfield, Lingard sprinkled his magic all over the park, scoring two excellent goals and tip-toeing around the field at will. That will provide some encouragement to Mourinho, as will the solidity of his back-line, which had been so imperious until their battering in West Yorkshire. All the most important boxes, then, were happily ticked last night. There was even another brief run-out for the much-maligned Luke Shaw, making just his second appearance of the season. Possession: Swansea vs Man Utd It is hard to draw too many conclusions from a night like this, though, when the placid atmosphere in the Swansea crowd was reflected among the players. Swansea remain very much in the Premier League relegation mix, so a League Cup clash was never going to be a priority for manager Paul Clement. That said, he will surely not be happy with how obviously that showed. Average touch positions (0 min) Mourinho made eight changes from the defeat at Huddersfield, but lined his players up in the same shape in which they finished that game, with three central defenders at the back and Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial leading the line together. Among the back three was Victor Lindelof, the culprit-in-chief in that West Yorkshire humbling. There was also a place for 19-year-old defender Axel Tuanzebe, while 20-year-old Scott McTominay started in midfield. Axel Tuanzebe looks a real prospect. Confident, quick, comfortable on the ball and a real intelligence to his game. — Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) October 24, 2017 United began the game brightly enough, with Chris Smalling heading wide from a corner in just the second minute before Lingard tested Swansea goalkeeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt from the edge of the box. But Swansea, who made eight changes of their own from the defeat to Leicester City on Saturday, found their feet soon enough. A nervy moment or two was inevitable from Lindelof, and the first duly arrived when he was robbed of the ball by Jordan Ayew deep within his own half. The Swansea winger jinked into the box but was stopped just before he could pull the trigger. Experience v youth: Swansea City's Wayne Routledge is challenged by Manchester United's Axel Tuanzebe That prompted United to move up the gears. Ander Herrera found Rashford, who produced a gorgeous flick through the legs of Swansea’s Mike van der Hoorn to find Lingard. Free from the attentions of anyone in white, he rolled a smart finish into the corner. Just as United could relax, Lindelof produced his second wobble. Wayne Routledge looked offside as he ran in behind the United defence, but Lindelof chose to stick a hand in the air and appeal rather than clear the danger. Only Routledge’s hesitancy in front of goal prevented an equaliser. It was a spirited reaction to the goal from Swansea, who then went close through Oli McBurnie and had a penalty appeal turned down shortly afterwards. But their flow was disrupted by an injury to left-back Martin Olsson, who hardly broke his stride as he hobbled straight into the dugout like a man running for the last train home. Opportunity: Scott McTominay of Manchester United in action with Sam Clucas of Swansea City Credit: Getty That allowed United to indulge themselves in a spot of keep-ball, and McTominay blazed over when he could have doubled the lead. Sam Clucas and McBurnie had half-chances for Swansea before the break, but neither could find the target. After those scares, United took full control. Rashford and Martial found more space up front, which in turn meant Lingard was able to exploit the gaps behind them. Rashford nearly picked out Martial with a whipped cross from the right, and then Lingard doubled the lead with an expert finish. Regulation stuff: even Jose Mourinho struggled to get too excited Credit: Sky Sports Football The powerful Tuanzebe charged through the Swansea midfield from deep before laying it wide for Matteo Darmian. He then spotted saw the run of Lingard, whose strong header found the corner from just inside the penalty box. Mourinho then threw Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic into the action, before Tuanzebe somehow fired over from close range. Tammy Abraham’s introduction for McBurnie injected some life back into the Swansea attack, and Fer nearly scored at the death, but there was no real danger of the United wall being cracked. 10:01PM Arsenal beat Norwich 2-1 after extras All hail Eddie Nketiah! Saved Arsene's blushes there... 2035: "Few people know that before winning a record 15 ballons d'or at Man City, Eddie Nketiah began his career at former PL side Arsenal"— Nick Collins (@NicholasCollins) October 24, 2017 City and Wolves are going to eat the whole meal, it's still 0-0 deep into AET. 9:57PM We'll have Sam Dean's match report ASAP but we'll just stick with this live blog for a minute or two more to see if Arsenal can hold on. 9:53PM The hero of the hour I tell you what folks, if Eddie Nketiah DOESN'T win BBC Sports Personality of the Year after this I will be absolutely furious.— Gingers for Limpar (@Gingers4Limpar) October 24, 2017 9:49PM Arsenal have taken the lead! And it's Eddie Nketiah, heading in from close range. he scored the first almost as soon as he came on as a sub, now he's put his side ahead. Nice work Nketiah! 9:41PM Results Leicester 3 Leeds 1. The Foxes had to come back from a goal down there. Poor Roy Hodgson: his side have been spanked by lower-league opposition. Bristol City 4 Palace 1. Bournemouth 3 Boro 1 in what sounded like a close game. 9:40PM Arsenal and Norwich are playing extra time 1-1 there. 9:39PM Full time: Swansea City 0 Manchester United 2 Pretty routine stuff from United, they never looked stretched and once the second went in, it was all over to be honest. 9:37PM 90+ mins This match is done, and has been for some time, but Romero has just produced a blinding save to deny the Swansa consolation. That's the lot here. 9:36PM 90 mins Jack Wilshere had a chance to win it for the Arsenal but Angus Gunn in Norwich nets has kept it out with a good save. His dad Bryan will be proud, and one of Bryan Gunn's other former clubs are in good spirits tonight too: Hibs have beaten Hearts 1-0! 9:29PM 85 mins Martial comes off and Luke Shaw is coming on. He had 45 minutes in the previous round of this competition. Clearly being eased back in. All the signs seem to be that Mourinho does not fancy the player but perhaps that will change. 9:27PM 83 mins Bournemouth have extended their lead. Perhaps more significantly, Arsenal have levelled it against the Canaries. 9:26PM 82 mins Chapeau to Wolves, by the way, who are keeping Man City goalless. 9:24PM 81 mins Barring calamities, this is all wrapped up for United. Lingard looks to put the icing on the cake with a hat-trick, but has cracked his shot straight at the keeper. 9:23PM 78 mins Now Daley Blind goes into the referee's notebook. Wayne Routledge, who has been knocked about rather roughly this evening, was his victim. 9:22PM 76 mins Callum Wilson has scored for the Cherries. Spot kick. it's Bournemouth 2 Boro 1! 9:22PM 75 mins Young Tuanzebe blots his copybook though, with a foul on the edge of the United box that sees him booked and gives Swansea a handy freekick. Ayew hits the target. 9:18PM 74 mins Swans sub Tammy Abraham has lashed one at goal. Tipped over. 9:17PM 73 mins Fox Force Five! Or two, anyway. Islam Slimani has given Leicester the lead over Leeds. 9:14PM 70 mins Gary's impressed. Axel Tuanzebe looks a real prospect. Confident, quick, comfortable on the ball and a real intelligence to his game. — Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) October 24, 2017 And the lad nearly bundles one home after a run goes scrappy in the box.  9:13PM 65 mins Not a great sight for Swansea either, they don't look anything like getting back in this game, and here comes the cavalry. 66' - Double change for #MUFC - it's Matic and @RomeluLukaku9 on for @MarcusRashford and @AnderHerrera.— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 24, 2017 Lingard has a chance for the match ball but fluffs a decent chance on his weaker left foot.  9:11PM 62 mins Oh Roy! It's FOUR goals for Bristol City against Crystal Palace.  9:05PM 60 mins Elsewhere, it's 3-1 for Bristol City against Palace, no rest for the wicked thinks Roy Hodgson. Apparently they were making Icelandic HAROOO chants there earlier. Dear me. Boro and Bournemouth are locked at 1-1, as are Leicester and Leeds. Wolves fighting hard against Man City and it's 0-0 there with the second half underway. 9:04PM GOAL! United two up And it's a great goal! A sweeping, flamboyant break from United, a magnificent cross from Darmian and Jesse Lingard has scored a really excellent header. That goal would have lit up any game! Swansea 0 - 2 Man Utd (Jesse Lingard, 59 min) 9:02PM 55 mins Gosh, really very little tell you so far. A ball whizzes across the Swansea area but there is nobody there. This is how much Jose Mourinho is enjoying the evening. Wild thrill ride: Mourinho at Swansea 8:59PM 52 mins Rashford controls and spins away from Clucas, who chops him down. Accepts the yellow without complaint, as well he might: that was cut and dried. 8:58PM 50 mins Darmian has tangled with Mesa. Not been a classic so far, this second half. 8:56PM 48 mins More players in the wars, Routledge banging heads with Blind. 8:49PM 46 mins Back underway here. That Lindelof is not a United footballer. Again looks shaky. Tony Martial up for a header, falls and lands on Rangel's boot. Martial did not enjoy that one little bit. Boot in the back for his troubles. 8:46PM Sounds like Aguero is doing everything but score for City against Wolves. The Wolverhampton side clinging on gutsy like, 0-0 and half time is nearly due. 8:37PM In the other games Arsenal trail Norwich by 1-0. Bristol City have come from behind to lead Palace 2-1. Goalless at Bourn v Boro. One each for Leicester and Leeds. It's 0-0 between Citeh and Wolves but they kicked off at 8 8:33PM Here's where they've been touching it Average touch positions (half time) 8:32PM HALF TIME: Swansea City 0 Manchester United 1 Excellent goal, a lovely touch and crisp, calm finish. But this has been modest fare otherwise. Neither keeper breaking a sweat. Swansea vs Man Utd shots on goal 8:31PM 44 mins  Quiet period, McBurnie gets the ball, spins and shoots over. 8:29PM 43 mins Clucas with a run and shot. Curled wide, never really felt like a winning ticket. 8:28PM Bristol City have gone 2-1 up! They were trailing Palace but have fought back! 8:28PM 41 mins Decent move from United, it's cut back for young Scott McTominay, but he's not going to score many for the club if he shoots like that. 8:24PM 36 mins Olsson comes off, he's done his hamstring. Kyle Naughton comes on. Rangel has been booked, I think for some persistent fouling, the most recent example of which was trying to rugby tackle Tony Martial. 8:22PM 33 mins HA HA HA HA HA. Norwich have taken the lead at Arsenal. Oh dear. Lingard with an effort after an intricate move. Miss: Swansea 0 - 1 Man Utd (Jesse Lingard, 34 min) His colleagues think he ought to have done more with the shot, or not shot at all. 8:21PM 32 mins All happening up in the East Midlands. No sooner have Leeds taken the lead with a Pablo Hernandez cracker, Leicester are level when Kelechi Iheanacho breaks his Foxes duck with a curled equaliser. 8:18PM 31 mins Now Routledge bursts down the right and Tuanzebe is grabbing and nibbling at him. No pen. 8:18PM 30 mins Excellent movement from Swansea, their best spell of the match. Routledge runs, Lidelof tries to tackle and misses. Routledge was probably offside but not a great sign for United. Pressure: Swansea will be hoping to give this man further headaches in this evening's Carabao Cup game Credit: Reuters 8:16PM 29 mins Cross in from Ki. Blind attempts to head clear, but heads it at Swansea's McBurnie! Very nearly pings into the goal. And Bristol City are back on terms! 8:14PM 25 mins Rashford, looking a cut above in this company, drills a low freekick close. 8:09PM 23 mins Swansea look to hit back via Routlege, who is as always the most willing of runners. Caught offside. Palace have taken the lead v Bristol. 8:07PM GOAL! Man United take the lead This is a nice, direct, no fuss goal. Ball is drilled to Rashford a few yards into the Swansea half, he flicks it on with a lovely clever touch. And Lingard runs onto it, composes himself, and slots the ball home. Swansea 0 - 1 Man Utd (Jesse Lingard, 21 min) 8:05PM 20 mins Swansea were a little defensive to start with but it's even steven at the moment Possession: Swansea vs Man Utd 8:04PM 19 mins Corner from United. That's better handled by Swansea, Rangel hoofs clear. 8:03PM 17 mins Rangel tries to play in Routledge but it just over runs. Game is lacking a certain something thus far. 8:00PM 13 mins Lindelof with another individual error! He was at fault at the weekend, and he has let Ayew dance through! But he loses control. 8:00PM 12 mins Ball into Man United's box. They don't clear very efficiently. Soon, Swansea have a corner. "You're only here to see United," chant the away fans. It's a mystery as to why people don't like them, isn't it? 7:56PM 9 mins Two other Prem sides going close: Palace have hit the Bristol City bar; Bournemouth have the ball in Boro's net but the ref has blown. 7:55PM 7 mins Swansea with a decent corner in. That's cleared. 7:52PM 6 mins No goals in the other League Cup matches, but there is a goal up in Scotland where MIGHTY HIBERNIAN have taken the lead against the Jam Tarts. 7:52PM 5 mins United's second corner, Smalling again having the run of the place. Swansea making a meal of defending this. Cleared. 7:50PM 4 mins You could have driven a bus through the gaps in the Swansea defense and midfield during that Leicester match. They're not making that mistake so far tonight. Compact. Lots of men back. Lingard lashes a shot at goal after a nice move. Parried over. 7:47PM 1 mins We are underway here, Swansea in all white. United first to show, and they have an early corner. Smalling with a header! Skipper puts it wide. 7:45PM And here are United Credit: Sky Sports Football 7:44PM Here's the Swans Credit: Sky Sports Football 7:40PM Sam Dean at the Liberty Stadium United had to battle through a West Yorkshire storm in Saturday's defeat at Huddersfield, but they seem to have dodged the worst of the weather in Swansea tonight. For much of the early evening there was relentless, swirling rain, but it has completely cleared just in time for kick-off. Actually quite pleasant, really.  7:37PM Mourinho "People were upset after the last match and that is right. We don't come so far on a rainy day - with a big game coming up on Saturday that we could be preparing for - to throw away a match like we did last Saturday." 7:36PM Sensational giveaways at Arsenal Not sure why they complain the tickets are so pricey there. Free Gunner Mask for every reader; Granit Xhaka is already disguising himself as an Arsenal player Credit: Gerry Cox 7:26PM Sam at the stadium At a stormy Liberty Stadium for the visit of #MUFC tonight.Just the 15 changes between the two sides pic.twitter.com/i5IUrIXvDn— Sam Dean (@SamJDean) October 24, 2017 7:24PM More on the draw specialists EFL Cup is resembling a Pimp My Ride episodes where they make a car 'better' by covering it in fur and installing a pop-up hot dog maker.— Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) October 24, 2017 7:18PM Mourinho: the kids are alright etc "We thought some players needed a rest and some players deserve a start, especially the two young kids." Seven changes for #MUFC tonight! pic.twitter.com/vXkW54Uls9— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 24, 2017 7:18PM Major news from Arsenal where the PA man has badly upset the visiting East Anglians! Stadium announcer just called us Ipswich. Now this is personal. #arsevncfc— Steven Downes (@stevedownes1973) October 24, 2017 7:16PM Quick on the draw Carabao exec 1: We need to show the kids we're hip + on their level Carabao exec 2: I've got it, let's get Tuffers and Daws to do the draw https://t.co/5o2FS0upYk— Charlie Eccleshare (@CDEccleshare) October 24, 2017 7:05PM We'll try to keep you abreast of the other games tonight. There's half a dozen fixtures in this competition to say nothing of the Edinburgh derby about which may I just say: come on Hibs! 7:02PM United have worries of their own A win and a draw in their last two League games. Perhaps this will be a welcome relief. When the teams met here earlier in the season it was four nil to United, although that scoreline was perhaps a little harsh on the Welshmen: there were three goals in the last 10 minutes. 6:56PM Eight changes then for the hosts You'd say they are playing a weakened side, but having lost three of the last four in the League, perhaps shaking things up a bit isn't the end of the world. Some worrying defeats in that little run for the Swans: losing to fellow strugglers West Ham and Leicester, as well as Watford. The team they beat was promoted Huddersfield. Three points from those four fixtures does now augur well. 6:53PM And here are Swansea changes for the #Swans in the @Carabao_Cup tonight. Here’s how we will line up against @ManUtd… pic.twitter.com/bdxDrqmjhN— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) October 24, 2017 6:53PM Here are the teams: United first The team news is in! Here's the #MUFC starting XI to take on Swansea in the @Carabao_Cup... pic.twitter.com/qjjI3KRouU— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 24, 2017 6:41PM Just when you thought the Carbao Cup could not get any more essential Question of Sport duo to conduct #CarabaoCup quarter-final draw https://t.co/OX5MAWI6zT— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) October 24, 2017 6:41PM Good evening! Tyers here. 6:32PM Our preview What is it? It's the League Cup! What more could you possibly want? Specifically, it's a fourth round meeting between Swansea City FC and the red-favouring team from Manchester known, of course, as Manchester United. When is it? Tonight, that is Tuesday 24 October 2017. What time is kick-off? It's 19.45 BST. Yes, we are still inside the BST zone. What TV channel is it on? Tune your set top box or mobile viewing device to Sky Sports Football. Sky Sports Main Event will be showing this too. What is the team news? Victor Lindelof's display for Manchester United against Huddersfield could cost him a starting place in Tuesday's Carabao Cup trip to Swansea. Lindelof did not impress after coming on for the injured Phil Jones during Saturday's defeat and Jose Mourinho could choose to look at Axel Tuanzebe. Other changes are likely for the last-16 match, with Luke Shaw, Scott McTominay, Matteo Darmian, Sergio Romero and Daley Blind all under consideration. Provisional Man Utd squad: De Gea, Romero, Pereira, Valencia, Darmian, Tuanzebe, Lindelof, Smalling, Blind, Shaw, Young, Matic, Herrera, McTominay, Mata, Lingard, Mkhitaryan, Lukaku, Rashford, Martial. Who should Man Utd pick to face Swansea? Roque Mesa has started only three times since his £11million summer move from Las Palmas, but Swansea head coach Paul Clement confirmed that the midfielder will line up against United. Renato Sanches (thigh) is unavailable after joining Wilfried Bony (hamstring) and Kyle Bartley on the casualty list, while goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski is set to be rested. Provisional Swansea squad: Nordfeldt, Rangel, van der Hoorn, Mawson, Olsson, Mesa, Ki, Clucas, Dyer, Ayew, Abraham, Mulder, Naughton, Fernandez, Britton, Carroll, Narsingh, Fulton, Routledge, McBurnie. What are they saying? Juan Mata wants Manchester United to show unity as they look to bounce back from their lacklustre defeat at Huddersfield. United's first Premier League defeat of the season, a leaden-footed 2-1 reverse, saw manager Jose Mourinho tear into his side's "poor attitude" and lack of desire. But Mata, who was hooked at half-time at the John Smith's Stadium, has called for the team to pull together and return to the methods which saw them secure 10 wins and two draws from their previous 12 matches. Mata expects United to bounce back after their surprise defeat to Huddersfield Credit: ACTION IMAGES In his blog on the club's  website, the Spaniard wrote: "We knew this moment would arrive sooner or later, although that's something you never wish for, of course. "Now, it's time to learn from mistakes and keep going, as we always do, showing that the team sticks together when things don't go so well, which is when we need it most. "Since the European Super Cup defeat last summer, we've been performing really well against all kind of opponents. On Saturday, though, Huddersfield played their cards better than us and took all three points. All we can do now is congratulate them and move on. This is a not a sprint, but a marathon and there is still a long way to go. "Let's not forget that, before that game, we had got a good win in Lisbon. We beat a very good side in Benfica, a team with plenty of Champions League experience." "It's going to be a tough game," wrote Mata of the Swansea tie. "But, we are the reigning champions and we will try our best to win and keep moving forward. There's another big game next weekend, this time against Tottenham. "They're one of the most difficult teams to beat in the top-flight, and it's a key game for us to show all the virtues we have been talking about over the last two months." Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What are the odds? Swansea win: 6/1 Man Utd win: 8/15 Draw (after 90 mins): 17/2 What's our prediction? Swansea to make things difficult, but Man United settle it late in extra time. Swansea 2 Manchester United 3

Swansea City 0 Manchester United 2: Carabao Cup holders cruise through thanks to two from Jesse Lingard

After the chaos of Saturday, here was a welcome return to tranquility for Manchester United and Jose Mourinho. Taking to the field just four days after their Huddersfield humiliation, a trip to Swansea had threatened to plunge United into even choppier waters, and not just because they arrived at the Liberty Stadium to be greeted by torrential downpours. Fittingly, those storm clouds cleared just in time for kick-off, and Mourinho’s much-changed side happily set about deconstructing a doleful Swansea outfit who, frankly, exuded the whiff of a club who know they have other, more pressing issues to be dealing with. But if the League Cup is indeed an afterthought, which Mourinho had also implied when he suggested scrapping the competition last month, then Jesse Lingard, at least, must have missed the memo. Playing in the same central attacking position in which he struggled so evidently in that 2-1 defeat by Huddersfield at the weekend, Lingard found some form in spectacular fashion. Given the freedom to roam by his manager, and indeed the Swansea midfield, Lingard sprinkled his magic all over the park, scoring two excellent goals and tip-toeing around the field at will. That will provide some encouragement to Mourinho, as will the solidity of his back-line, which had been so imperious until their battering in West Yorkshire. All the most important boxes, then, were happily ticked last night. There was even another brief run-out for the much-maligned Luke Shaw, making just his second appearance of the season. It is hard to draw too many conclusions from a night like this, though, when the placid atmosphere in the Swansea crowd was reflected among the players. Swansea remain very much in the Premier League relegation mix, so a League Cup clash was never going to be a priority for manager Paul Clement. That said, he will surely not be happy with how obviously that showed. Mourinho made eight changes from the defeat at Huddersfield, but lined his players up in the same shape in which they finished that game, with three central defenders at the back and Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial leading the line together. Among the back three was Victor Lindelof, the culprit-in-chief in that West Yorkshire humbling. There was also a place for 19-year-old defender Axel Tuanzebe, while 20-year-old Scott McTominay started in midfield. United began the game brightly enough, with Chris Smalling heading wide from a corner in just the second minute before Lingard tested Swansea goalkeeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt from the edge of the box. But Swansea, who made eight changes of their own from the defeat to Leicester City on Saturday, found their feet soon enough. A nervy moment or two was inevitable from Lindelof, and the first duly arrived when he was robbed of the ball by Jordan Ayew deep within his own half. The Swansea winger jinked into the box but was stopped just before he could pull the trigger. That prompted United to move up the gears. Ander Herrera found Rashford, who produced a gorgeous flick through the legs of Swansea’s Mike van der Hoorn to find Lingard. Free from the attentions of anyone in white, he rolled a smart finish into the corner. Just as United could relax, Lindelof produced his second wobble. Wayne Routledge looked offside as he ran in behind the United defence, but Lindelof chose to stick a hand in the air and appeal rather than clear the danger. Only Routledge’s hesitancy in front of goal prevented an equaliser. It was a spirited reaction to the goal from Swansea, who then went close through Oli McBurnie and had a penalty appeal turned down shortly afterwards. But their flow was disrupted by an injury to left-back Martin Olsson, who hardly broke his stride as he hobbled straight into the dugout like a man running for the last train home. That allowed United to indulge themselves in a spot of keep-ball, and McTominay blazed over when he could have doubled the lead. Sam Clucas and McBurnie had half-chances for Swansea before the break, but neither could find the target. After those scares, United took full control. Rashford and Martial found more space up front, which in turn meant Lingard was able to exploit the gaps behind them. Rashford nearly picked out Martial with a whipped cross from the right, and then Lingard doubled the lead with an expert finish. The powerful Tuanzebe charged through the Swansea midfield from deep before laying it wide for Matteo Darmian. He then spotted saw the run of Lingard, whose strong header found the corner from just inside the penalty box. Mourinho then threw Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic into the action, before Tuanzebe somehow fired over from close range. Tammy Abraham’s introduction for McBurnie injected some life back into the Swansea attack, and Fer nearly scored at the death, but there was no real danger of the United wall being cracked. 10:01PM Arsenal are up 2-1 at the half of extras All hail Eddie Nketiah! City and Wolves are also going to eat the whole meal. 9:57PM We'll have Sam Dean's match report ASAP but we'll just stick with this live blog for a minute or two more to see if Arsenal can hold on. 9:53PM The hero of the hour I tell you what folks, if Eddie Nketiah DOESN'T win BBC Sports Personality of the Year after this I will be absolutely furious.— Gingers for Limpar (@Gingers4Limpar) October 24, 2017 9:49PM Arsenal have taken the lead! And it's Eddie Nketiah, heading in from close range. he scored the first almost as soon as he came on as a sub, now he's put his side ahead. Nice work Nketiah! 9:41PM Results Leicester 3 Leeds 1. The Foxes had to come back from a goal down there. Poor Roy Hodgson: his side have been spanked by lower-league opposition. Bristol City 4 Palace 1. Bournemouth 3 Boro 1 in what sounded like a close game. 9:40PM Arsenal and Norwich are playing extra time 1-1 there. 9:39PM Full time: Swansea City 0 Manchester United 2 Pretty routine stuff from United, they never looked stretched and once the second went in, it was all over to be honest. 9:37PM 90+ mins This match is done, and has been for some time, but Romero has just produced a blinding save to deny the Swansa consolation. That's the lot here. 9:36PM 90 mins Jack Wilshere had a chance to win it for the Arsenal but Angus Gunn in Norwich nets has kept it out with a good save. His dad Bryan will be proud, and one of Bryan Gunn's other former clubs are in good spirits tonight too: Hibs have beaten Hearts 1-0! 9:29PM 85 mins Martial comes off and Luke Shaw is coming on. He had 45 minutes in the previous round of this competition. Clearly being eased back in. All the signs seem to be that Mourinho does not fancy the player but perhaps that will change. 9:27PM 83 mins Bournemouth have extended their lead. Perhaps more significantly, Arsenal have levelled it against the Canaries. 9:26PM 82 mins Chapeau to Wolves, by the way, who are keeping Man City goalless. 9:24PM 81 mins Barring calamities, this is all wrapped up for United. Lingard looks to put the icing on the cake with a hat-trick, but has cracked his shot straight at the keeper. 9:23PM 78 mins Now Daley Blind goes into the referee's notebook. Wayne Routledge, who has been knocked about rather roughly this evening, was his victim. 9:22PM 76 mins Callum Wilson has scored for the Cherries. Spot kick. it's Bournemouth 2 Boro 1! 9:22PM 75 mins Young Tuanzebe blots his copybook though, with a foul on the edge of the United box that sees him booked and gives Swansea a handy freekick. Ayew hits the target. 9:18PM 74 mins Swans sub Tammy Abraham has lashed one at goal. Tipped over. 9:17PM 73 mins Fox Force Five! Or two, anyway. Islam Slimani has given Leicester the lead over Leeds. 9:14PM 70 mins Gary's impressed. Axel Tuanzebe looks a real prospect. Confident, quick, comfortable on the ball and a real intelligence to his game. — Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) October 24, 2017 And the lad nearly bundles one home after a run goes scrappy in the box.  9:13PM 65 mins Not a great sight for Swansea either, they don't look anything like getting back in this game, and here comes the cavalry. 66' - Double change for #MUFC - it's Matic and @RomeluLukaku9 on for @MarcusRashford and @AnderHerrera.— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 24, 2017 Lingard has a chance for the match ball but fluffs a decent chance on his weaker left foot.  9:11PM 62 mins Oh Roy! It's FOUR goals for Bristol City against Crystal Palace.  9:05PM 60 mins Elsewhere, it's 3-1 for Bristol City against Palace, no rest for the wicked thinks Roy Hodgson. Apparently they were making Icelandic HAROOO chants there earlier. Dear me. Boro and Bournemouth are locked at 1-1, as are Leicester and Leeds. Wolves fighting hard against Man City and it's 0-0 there with the second half underway. 9:04PM GOAL! United two up And it's a great goal! A sweeping, flamboyant break from United, a magnificent cross from Darmian and Jesse Lingard has scored a really excellent header. That goal would have lit up any game! Swansea 0 - 2 Man Utd (Jesse Lingard, 59 min) 9:02PM 55 mins Gosh, really very little tell you so far. A ball whizzes across the Swansea area but there is nobody there. This is how much Jose Mourinho is enjoying the evening. Wild thrill ride: Mourinho at Swansea 8:59PM 52 mins Rashford controls and spins away from Clucas, who chops him down. Accepts the yellow without complaint, as well he might: that was cut and dried. 8:58PM 50 mins Darmian has tangled with Mesa. Not been a classic so far, this second half. 8:56PM 48 mins More players in the wars, Routledge banging heads with Blind. 8:49PM 46 mins Back underway here. That Lindelof is not a United footballer. Again looks shaky. Tony Martial up for a header, falls and lands on Rangel's boot. Martial did not enjoy that one little bit. Boot in the back for his troubles. 8:46PM Sounds like Aguero is doing everything but score for City against Wolves. The Wolverhampton side clinging on gutsy like, 0-0 and half time is nearly due. 8:37PM In the other games Arsenal trail Norwich by 1-0. Bristol City have come from behind to lead Palace 2-1. Goalless at Bourn v Boro. One each for Leicester and Leeds. It's 0-0 between Citeh and Wolves but they kicked off at 8 8:33PM Here's where they've been touching it Average touch positions (half time) 8:32PM HALF TIME: Swansea City 0 Manchester United 1 Excellent goal, a lovely touch and crisp, calm finish. But this has been modest fare otherwise. Neither keeper breaking a sweat. Swansea vs Man Utd shots on goal 8:31PM 44 mins  Quiet period, McBurnie gets the ball, spins and shoots over. 8:29PM 43 mins Clucas with a run and shot. Curled wide, never really felt like a winning ticket. 8:28PM Bristol City have gone 2-1 up! They were trailing Palace but have fought back! 8:28PM 41 mins Decent move from United, it's cut back for young Scott McTominay, but he's not going to score many for the club if he shoots like that. 8:24PM 36 mins Olsson comes off, he's done his hamstring. Kyle Naughton comes on. Rangel has been booked, I think for some persistent fouling, the most recent example of which was trying to rugby tackle Tony Martial. 8:22PM 33 mins HA HA HA HA HA. Norwich have taken the lead at Arsenal. Oh dear. Lingard with an effort after an intricate move. Miss: Swansea 0 - 1 Man Utd (Jesse Lingard, 34 min) His colleagues think he ought to have done more with the shot, or not shot at all. 8:21PM 32 mins All happening up in the East Midlands. No sooner have Leeds taken the lead with a Pablo Hernandez cracker, Leicester are level when Kelechi Iheanacho breaks his Foxes duck with a curled equaliser. 8:18PM 31 mins Now Routledge bursts down the right and Tuanzebe is grabbing and nibbling at him. No pen. 8:18PM 30 mins Excellent movement from Swansea, their best spell of the match. Routledge runs, Lidelof tries to tackle and misses. Routledge was probably offside but not a great sign for United. Pressure: Swansea will be hoping to give this man further headaches in this evening's Carabao Cup game Credit: Reuters 8:16PM 29 mins Cross in from Ki. Blind attempts to head clear, but heads it at Swansea's McBurnie! Very nearly pings into the goal. And Bristol City are back on terms! 8:14PM 25 mins Rashford, looking a cut above in this company, drills a low freekick close. 8:09PM 23 mins Swansea look to hit back via Routlege, who is as always the most willing of runners. Caught offside. Palace have taken the lead v Bristol. 8:07PM GOAL! Man United take the lead This is a nice, direct, no fuss goal. Ball is drilled to Rashford a few yards into the Swansea half, he flicks it on with a lovely clever touch. And Lingard runs onto it, composes himself, and slots the ball home. Swansea 0 - 1 Man Utd (Jesse Lingard, 21 min) 8:05PM 20 mins Swansea were a little defensive to start with but it's even steven at the moment Possession: Swansea vs Man Utd 8:04PM 19 mins Corner from United. That's better handled by Swansea, Rangel hoofs clear. 8:03PM 17 mins Rangel tries to play in Routledge but it just over runs. Game is lacking a certain something thus far. 8:00PM 13 mins Lindelof with another individual error! He was at fault at the weekend, and he has let Ayew dance through! But he loses control. 8:00PM 12 mins Ball into Man United's box. They don't clear very efficiently. Soon, Swansea have a corner. "You're only here to see United," chant the away fans. It's a mystery as to why people don't like them, isn't it? 7:56PM 9 mins Two other Prem sides going close: Palace have hit the Bristol City bar; Bournemouth have the ball in Boro's net but the ref has blown. 7:55PM 7 mins Swansea with a decent corner in. That's cleared. 7:52PM 6 mins No goals in the other League Cup matches, but there is a goal up in Scotland where MIGHTY HIBERNIAN have taken the lead against the Jam Tarts. 7:52PM 5 mins United's second corner, Smalling again having the run of the place. Swansea making a meal of defending this. Cleared. 7:50PM 4 mins You could have driven a bus through the gaps in the Swansea defense and midfield during that Leicester match. They're not making that mistake so far tonight. Compact. Lots of men back. Lingard lashes a shot at goal after a nice move. Parried over. 7:47PM 1 mins We are underway here, Swansea in all white. United first to show, and they have an early corner. Smalling with a header! Skipper puts it wide. 7:45PM And here are United Credit: Sky Sports Football 7:44PM Here's the Swans Credit: Sky Sports Football 7:40PM Sam Dean at the Liberty Stadium United had to battle through a West Yorkshire storm in Saturday's defeat at Huddersfield, but they seem to have dodged the worst of the weather in Swansea tonight. For much of the early evening there was relentless, swirling rain, but it has completely cleared just in time for kick-off. Actually quite pleasant, really.  7:37PM Mourinho "People were upset after the last match and that is right. We don't come so far on a rainy day - with a big game coming up on Saturday that we could be preparing for - to throw away a match like we did last Saturday." 7:36PM Sensational giveaways at Arsenal Not sure why they complain the tickets are so pricey there. Free Gunner Mask for every reader; Granit Xhaka is already disguising himself as an Arsenal player Credit: Gerry Cox 7:26PM Sam at the stadium At a stormy Liberty Stadium for the visit of #MUFC tonight.Just the 15 changes between the two sides pic.twitter.com/i5IUrIXvDn— Sam Dean (@SamJDean) October 24, 2017 7:24PM More on the draw specialists EFL Cup is resembling a Pimp My Ride episodes where they make a car 'better' by covering it in fur and installing a pop-up hot dog maker.— Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) October 24, 2017 7:18PM Mourinho: the kids are alright etc "We thought some players needed a rest and some players deserve a start, especially the two young kids." Seven changes for #MUFC tonight! pic.twitter.com/vXkW54Uls9— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 24, 2017 7:18PM Major news from Arsenal where the PA man has badly upset the visiting East Anglians! Stadium announcer just called us Ipswich. Now this is personal. #arsevncfc— Steven Downes (@stevedownes1973) October 24, 2017 7:16PM Quick on the draw Carabao exec 1: We need to show the kids we're hip + on their level Carabao exec 2: I've got it, let's get Tuffers and Daws to do the draw https://t.co/5o2FS0upYk— Charlie Eccleshare (@CDEccleshare) October 24, 2017 7:05PM We'll try to keep you abreast of the other games tonight. There's half a dozen fixtures in this competition to say nothing of the Edinburgh derby about which may I just say: come on Hibs! 7:02PM United have worries of their own A win and a draw in their last two League games. Perhaps this will be a welcome relief. When the teams met here earlier in the season it was four nil to United, although that scoreline was perhaps a little harsh on the Welshmen: there were three goals in the last 10 minutes. 6:56PM Eight changes then for the hosts You'd say they are playing a weakened side, but having lost three of the last four in the League, perhaps shaking things up a bit isn't the end of the world. Some worrying defeats in that little run for the Swans: losing to fellow strugglers West Ham and Leicester, as well as Watford. The team they beat was promoted Huddersfield. Three points from those four fixtures does now augur well. 6:53PM And here are Swansea changes for the #Swans in the @Carabao_Cup tonight. Here’s how we will line up against @ManUtd… pic.twitter.com/bdxDrqmjhN— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) October 24, 2017 6:53PM Here are the teams: United first The team news is in! Here's the #MUFC starting XI to take on Swansea in the @Carabao_Cup... pic.twitter.com/qjjI3KRouU— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 24, 2017 6:41PM Just when you thought the Carbao Cup could not get any more essential Question of Sport duo to conduct #CarabaoCup quarter-final draw https://t.co/OX5MAWI6zT— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) October 24, 2017 6:41PM Good evening! Tyers here. 6:32PM Our preview What is it? It's the League Cup! What more could you possibly want? Specifically, it's a fourth round meeting between Swansea City FC and the red-favouring team from Manchester known, of course, as Manchester United. When is it? Tonight, that is Tuesday 24 October 2017. What time is kick-off? It's 19.45 BST. Yes, we are still inside the BST zone. What TV channel is it on? Tune your set top box or mobile viewing device to Sky Sports Football. Sky Sports Main Event will be showing this too. What is the team news? Victor Lindelof's display for Manchester United against Huddersfield could cost him a starting place in Tuesday's Carabao Cup trip to Swansea. Lindelof did not impress after coming on for the injured Phil Jones during Saturday's defeat and Jose Mourinho could choose to look at Axel Tuanzebe. Other changes are likely for the last-16 match, with Luke Shaw, Scott McTominay, Matteo Darmian, Sergio Romero and Daley Blind all under consideration. Provisional Man Utd squad: De Gea, Romero, Pereira, Valencia, Darmian, Tuanzebe, Lindelof, Smalling, Blind, Shaw, Young, Matic, Herrera, McTominay, Mata, Lingard, Mkhitaryan, Lukaku, Rashford, Martial. Who should Man Utd pick to face Swansea? Roque Mesa has started only three times since his £11million summer move from Las Palmas, but Swansea head coach Paul Clement confirmed that the midfielder will line up against United. Renato Sanches (thigh) is unavailable after joining Wilfried Bony (hamstring) and Kyle Bartley on the casualty list, while goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski is set to be rested. Provisional Swansea squad: Nordfeldt, Rangel, van der Hoorn, Mawson, Olsson, Mesa, Ki, Clucas, Dyer, Ayew, Abraham, Mulder, Naughton, Fernandez, Britton, Carroll, Narsingh, Fulton, Routledge, McBurnie. What are they saying? Juan Mata wants Manchester United to show unity as they look to bounce back from their lacklustre defeat at Huddersfield. United's first Premier League defeat of the season, a leaden-footed 2-1 reverse, saw manager Jose Mourinho tear into his side's "poor attitude" and lack of desire. But Mata, who was hooked at half-time at the John Smith's Stadium, has called for the team to pull together and return to the methods which saw them secure 10 wins and two draws from their previous 12 matches. Mata expects United to bounce back after their surprise defeat to Huddersfield Credit: ACTION IMAGES In his blog on the club's  website, the Spaniard wrote: "We knew this moment would arrive sooner or later, although that's something you never wish for, of course. "Now, it's time to learn from mistakes and keep going, as we always do, showing that the team sticks together when things don't go so well, which is when we need it most. "Since the European Super Cup defeat last summer, we've been performing really well against all kind of opponents. On Saturday, though, Huddersfield played their cards better than us and took all three points. All we can do now is congratulate them and move on. This is a not a sprint, but a marathon and there is still a long way to go. "Let's not forget that, before that game, we had got a good win in Lisbon. We beat a very good side in Benfica, a team with plenty of Champions League experience." "It's going to be a tough game," wrote Mata of the Swansea tie. "But, we are the reigning champions and we will try our best to win and keep moving forward. There's another big game next weekend, this time against Tottenham. "They're one of the most difficult teams to beat in the top-flight, and it's a key game for us to show all the virtues we have been talking about over the last two months." Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What are the odds? Swansea win: 6/1 Man Utd win: 8/15 Draw (after 90 mins): 17/2 What's our prediction? Swansea to make things difficult, but Man United settle it late in extra time. Swansea 2 Manchester United 3

Swansea City vs Manchester United, Carabao Cup: live score updates

8:29PM 43 mins Clucas with a run and shot. Curled wide, never really felt like a winning ticket. 8:28PM Bristol City have gone 2-1 up! They were trailing Palace but have fought back! 8:28PM 41 mins Decent move from United, it's cut back for young Scott McTominay, but he's not going to score many for the club if he shoots like that. 8:24PM 36 mins Olsson comes off, he's done his hamstring. Kyle Naughton comes on. Rangel has been booked, I think for some persistent fouling, the most recent example of which was trying to rugby tackle Tony Martial. 8:22PM 33 mins HA HA HA HA HA. Norwich have taken the lead at Arsenal. Oh dear. Lingard with an effort after an intricate move. Miss: Swansea 0 - 1 Man Utd (Jesse Lingard, 34 min) His colleagues think he ought to have done more with the shot, or not shot at all. 8:21PM 32 mins All happening up in the East Midlands. No sooner have Leeds taken the lead with a Pablo Hernandez cracker, Leicester are level when Kelechi Iheanacho breaks his Foxes duck with a curled equaliser. 8:18PM 31 mins Now Routledge bursts down the right and Tuanzebe is grabbing and nibbling at him. No pen. 8:18PM 30 mins Excellent movement from Swansea, their best spell of the match. Routledge runs, Lidelof tries to tackle and misses. Routledge was probably offside but not a great sign for United. 8:16PM 29 mins Cross in from Ki. Blind attempts to head clear, but heads it at Swansea's McBurnie! Very nearly pings into the goal. And Bristol City are back on terms! 8:14PM 25 mins Rashford, looking a cut above in this company, drills a low freekick close. 8:09PM 23 mins Swansea look to hit back via Routlege, who is as always the most willing of runners. Caught offside. Palace have taken the lead v Bristol. 8:07PM GOAL! Man United take the lead This is a nice, direct, no fuss goal. Ball is drilled to Rashford a few yards into the Swansea half, he flicks it on with a lovely clever touch. And Lingard runs onto it, composes himself, and slots the ball home. Swansea 0 - 1 Man Utd (Jesse Lingard, 21 min) 8:05PM 20 mins Swansea were a little defensive to start with but it's even steven at the moment Possession: Swansea vs Man Utd 8:04PM 19 mins Corner from United. That's better handled by Swansea, Rangel hoofs clear. 8:03PM 17 mins Rangel tries to play in Routledge but it just over runs. Game is lacking a certain something thus far. 8:00PM 13 mins Lindelof with another individual error! He was at fault at the weekend, and he has let Ayew dance through! But he loses control. 8:00PM 12 mins Ball into Man United's box. They don't clear very efficiently. Soon, Swansea have a corner. "You're only here to see United," chant the away fans. It's a mystery as to why people don't like them, isn't it? 7:56PM 9 mins Two other Prem sides going close: Palace have hit the Bristol City bar; Bournemouth have the ball in Boro's net but the ref has blown. 7:55PM 7 mins Swansea with a decent corner in. That's cleared. 7:52PM 6 mins No goals in the other League Cup matches, but there is a goal up in Scotland where MIGHTY HIBERNIAN have taken the lead against the Jam Tarts. 7:52PM 5 mins United's second corner, Smalling again having the run of the place. Swansea making a meal of defending this. Cleared. 7:50PM 4 mins You could have driven a bus through the gaps in the Swansea defense and midfield during that Leicester match. They're not making that mistake so far tonight. Compact. Lots of men back. Lingard lashes a shot at goal after a nice move. Parried over. 7:47PM 1 mins We are underway here, Swansea in all white. United first to show, and they have an early corner. Smalling with a header! Skipper puts it wide. 7:45PM And here are United Credit: Sky Sports Football 7:44PM Here's the Swans Credit: Sky Sports Football 7:40PM Sam Dean at the Liberty Stadium United had to battle through a West Yorkshire storm in Saturday's defeat at Huddersfield, but they seem to have dodged the worst of the weather in Swansea tonight. For much of the early evening there was relentless, swirling rain, but it has completely cleared just in time for kick-off. Actually quite pleasant, really.  7:37PM Mourinho "People were upset after the last match and that is right. We don't come so far on a rainy day - with a big game coming up on Saturday that we could be preparing for - to throw away a match like we did last Saturday." 7:36PM Sensational giveaways at Arsenal Not sure why they complain the tickets are so pricey there. Free Gunner Mask for every reader; Granit Xhaka is already disguising himself as an Arsenal player Credit: Gerry Cox 7:26PM Sam at the stadium At a stormy Liberty Stadium for the visit of #MUFC tonight.Just the 15 changes between the two sides pic.twitter.com/i5IUrIXvDn— Sam Dean (@SamJDean) October 24, 2017 7:24PM More on the draw specialists EFL Cup is resembling a Pimp My Ride episodes where they make a car 'better' by covering it in fur and installing a pop-up hot dog maker.— Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) October 24, 2017 7:18PM Mourinho: the kids are alright etc "We thought some players needed a rest and some players deserve a start, especially the two young kids." Seven changes for #MUFC tonight! pic.twitter.com/vXkW54Uls9— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 24, 2017 7:18PM Major news from Arsenal where the PA man has badly upset the visiting East Anglians! Stadium announcer just called us Ipswich. Now this is personal. #arsevncfc— Steven Downes (@stevedownes1973) October 24, 2017 7:16PM Quick on the draw Carabao exec 1: We need to show the kids we're hip + on their level Carabao exec 2: I've got it, let's get Tuffers and Daws to do the draw https://t.co/5o2FS0upYk— Charlie Eccleshare (@CDEccleshare) October 24, 2017 7:05PM We'll try to keep you abreast of the other games tonight. There's half a dozen fixtures in this competition to say nothing of the Edinburgh derby about which may I just say: come on Hibs! 7:02PM United have worries of their own A win and a draw in their last two League games. Perhaps this will be a welcome relief. When the teams met here earlier in the season it was four nil to United, although that scoreline was perhaps a little harsh on the Welshmen: there were three goals in the last 10 minutes. 6:56PM Eight changes then for the hosts You'd say they are playing a weakened side, but having lost three of the last four in the League, perhaps shaking things up a bit isn't the end of the world. Some worrying defeats in that little run for the Swans: losing to fellow strugglers West Ham and Leicester, as well as Watford. The team they beat was promoted Huddersfield. Three points from those four fixtures does now augur well. 6:53PM And here are Swansea changes for the #Swans in the @Carabao_Cup tonight. Here’s how we will line up against @ManUtd… pic.twitter.com/bdxDrqmjhN— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) October 24, 2017 6:53PM Here are the teams: United first The team news is in! Here's the #MUFC starting XI to take on Swansea in the @Carabao_Cup... pic.twitter.com/qjjI3KRouU— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 24, 2017 6:41PM Just when you thought the Carbao Cup could not get any more essential Question of Sport duo to conduct #CarabaoCup quarter-final draw https://t.co/OX5MAWI6zT— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) October 24, 2017 6:41PM Good evening! Tyers here. 6:32PM Our preview What is it? It's the League Cup! What more could you possibly want? Specifically, it's a fourth round meeting between Swansea City FC and the red-favouring team from Manchester known, of course, as Manchester United. When is it? Tonight, that is Tuesday 24 October 2017. What time is kick-off? It's 19.45 BST. Yes, we are still inside the BST zone. What TV channel is it on? Tune your set top box or mobile viewing device to Sky Sports Football. Sky Sports Main Event will be showing this too. What is the team news? Victor Lindelof's display for Manchester United against Huddersfield could cost him a starting place in Tuesday's Carabao Cup trip to Swansea. Lindelof did not impress after coming on for the injured Phil Jones during Saturday's defeat and Jose Mourinho could choose to look at Axel Tuanzebe. Other changes are likely for the last-16 match, with Luke Shaw, Scott McTominay, Matteo Darmian, Sergio Romero and Daley Blind all under consideration. Provisional Man Utd squad: De Gea, Romero, Pereira, Valencia, Darmian, Tuanzebe, Lindelof, Smalling, Blind, Shaw, Young, Matic, Herrera, McTominay, Mata, Lingard, Mkhitaryan, Lukaku, Rashford, Martial. Who should Man Utd pick to face Swansea? Roque Mesa has started only three times since his £11million summer move from Las Palmas, but Swansea head coach Paul Clement confirmed that the midfielder will line up against United. Renato Sanches (thigh) is unavailable after joining Wilfried Bony (hamstring) and Kyle Bartley on the casualty list, while goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski is set to be rested. Provisional Swansea squad: Nordfeldt, Rangel, van der Hoorn, Mawson, Olsson, Mesa, Ki, Clucas, Dyer, Ayew, Abraham, Mulder, Naughton, Fernandez, Britton, Carroll, Narsingh, Fulton, Routledge, McBurnie. What are they saying? Juan Mata wants Manchester United to show unity as they look to bounce back from their lacklustre defeat at Huddersfield. United's first Premier League defeat of the season, a leaden-footed 2-1 reverse, saw manager Jose Mourinho tear into his side's "poor attitude" and lack of desire. But Mata, who was hooked at half-time at the John Smith's Stadium, has called for the team to pull together and return to the methods which saw them secure 10 wins and two draws from their previous 12 matches. Mata expects United to bounce back after their surprise defeat to Huddersfield Credit: ACTION IMAGES In his blog on the club's  website, the Spaniard wrote: "We knew this moment would arrive sooner or later, although that's something you never wish for, of course. "Now, it's time to learn from mistakes and keep going, as we always do, showing that the team sticks together when things don't go so well, which is when we need it most. "Since the European Super Cup defeat last summer, we've been performing really well against all kind of opponents. On Saturday, though, Huddersfield played their cards better than us and took all three points. All we can do now is congratulate them and move on. This is a not a sprint, but a marathon and there is still a long way to go. "Let's not forget that, before that game, we had got a good win in Lisbon. We beat a very good side in Benfica, a team with plenty of Champions League experience." "It's going to be a tough game," wrote Mata of the Swansea tie. "But, we are the reigning champions and we will try our best to win and keep moving forward. There's another big game next weekend, this time against Tottenham. "They're one of the most difficult teams to beat in the top-flight, and it's a key game for us to show all the virtues we have been talking about over the last two months." Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What are the odds? Swansea win: 6/1 Man Utd win: 8/15 Draw (after 90 mins): 17/2 What's our prediction? Swansea to make things difficult, but Man United settle it late in extra time. Swansea 2 Manchester United 3

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