Manchester United Rule
Manchester United came from behind to defeat Aston Villa 2–1 in the Foootball League Cup at Wembley Stadium on Sunday. James Milner gave The Villains an early lead from the penalty spot after only four minutes of play but goals from Michael Owen and Wayne Rooney eventually gave Sir Alex Ferguson´s men a well deserved victory.
Wayne Rooney was surprisingly left on the substitutes’ bench as Old Trafford supremo Sir Alex Ferguson made as many as seven changes to his Manchester United team for the Carling Cup Final with Aston Villa. The experienced manager also left out Anderson, Wes Brown, Ben Foster, Darron Gibson, Gary Neville and Paul Scholes and replaced them with the messieurs Michael Carrick, Jonny Evans, Darren Fletcher, Tomasz Kuszczak, Ji-sung Park and Rafael da Silva respectively. And although Aston Villa boss Martin O´Neill had high hopes for the 2010 Football League Cup Final, Manchester United managed to edge out The Villains by 2–1 to clinch the trophy for the fourth time. A penalty from England international James Milner put the Birmingham outfit ahead already in the fourth minute of the match after Gabriel Agbonlahor had been brought down by Nemanja Vidic. The Reds hit back instantly as evergreen Michael Owen managed to fire Manchester United level with a low shot after receiving the ball from Dimitar Berbatov in the sixth minute of play. A mere five minutes before the sound of the half time signal, however, left fullback Patrice Evra became the first Manchester United player to go into the referee’s notebook when the Frenchman was punished for attacking Aston Villa winger Ashley Young. In the 42nd minute, goalscorer Michael Owen was substituted when the veteran attacker pulled up suddenly and he was replaced by Wayne Rooney. And it was Rooney who was to become the hero of the day as the goal poacher extraordinaire headed home a magnificent cross ball from bandy legged winger Antonio Valencia into the back of the net with only 16 minutes remaining on the clock. As the desperate Aston Villa players failed to threaten a late equaliser, Manchester United went on to win the Football League Cup for the third time in the club´s history. For the sake of the record, Manchester United won it for the first time in 1992 when Sir Alex Ferguson´s side overcame Brian Clough´s Nottingham Forest in the final thanks to a goal from industrious centre forward Brian McClair.