United's questionable start to the season continues after cup defeat to Derby
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Manchester United were the victims of a third round Carabao Cup upset at the hands of Mourinho's former star-man Frank Lampard's Derby County, as the Rams fight back to win 8-7 on penalties and progress to the next round of the League Cup. Tuesday nights game was packed with action as Manchester United took a 1-0 lead early in the 3rd minute through Juan Mata, before two late goals from Derby, including a stunning free-kick from Liverpool loanee Harry Wilson, saw the Rams 2-1 up with five minutes left. However, Marouane Fellaini got a last minute equaliser taking the game straight to a penalty shootout, as new rules of the competition mean there is no extra-time. Former Derby keeper Lee Grant was called into action for United as Sergio Romero was given his marching orders after a handball outside his area. This defeat is the latest in a string of bad results for the Red Devils, who only six games into the season are eight points adrift of league leaders Liverpool, as well as the poor results a lot of media attention has been brought to the relationship between Mourinho and World Cup winner Paul Pogba. Wednesday revealed footage of the two arguing in training as it appears that the former Juventus man did not take kindly to words said by his manager. Despite an impressive World Cup, Pogba has been unable to replicate his form for his country in his club colours since his £89-million transfer in 2016. Reports are suggesting that Mourinho has told the 25-year-old midfielder that he is no longer the clubs second captain. "The only truth is that I made the decision for him not to be the second captain any more but there is no fallout, no problem" Mourinho said after the game.
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