Sunday February 28, 2010 Final Finished New Wembley

Aston Villa 1 - 2 Manchester United

  1. Milner 5’ (pen.)
  1. Owen 12’
  2. Rooney 74’

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  1. Rooney retains Carling Cup for United

    Rooney retains Carling Cup for United

    Red-hot Wayne Rooney came off the bench to settle the Carling Cup final as Manchester United beat Aston Villa 2-1 at Wembley. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Aston Villa
    • Manchester United
    • 90'+5 There it is! United fans celebrate! The holders retain the Carling Cup thanks to goals by Michael Owen and that man Wayne Rooney!
    • 90'+4 Agbonlahor heads wide from Young's ball in and that should be that!
    • 90'+2 Valencia sprints the full length of the pitch before firing into the side netting! He deserves a goal....
    • 90' Four minutes of added time to be played...
    • 88' Dunne nearly gets to a decent Villa delivery into the United box! This one may not be over just yet!
    • 85' United make a change... Park for Gibson...
    • 84' BERBATOV! Way over the bar from the Bulgarian!
    • 82' Oooh! Villa close to an equaliser! Collins goes up to meet a cross... it seems to come off Vidic before looping up over the keeper! But Kuszczak recovers well to tip over the bar!
    • 80' Villa make a change now as they chase the game... Carew on for Cuellar.
    • 78' ROONEY OFF THE POST WITH ANOTHER HEADER! It's Valencia again with the cross to Rooney, whose downward header from a standing position cannons back off the upright with Friedel beaten all ends up!
    • 76' Super ball in by Valencia, looking for Berbatov at the near post! But Friedel gets there to claim!
    • 75' Very similar to the one he scored in Milan, that one! And it may prove to be the winner, with just 15 minutes remaining!
    • 74' GOAL! UNITED TAKE THE LEAD! AND GUESS WHO IT IS? WAYNE ROONEY! The England striker rises high to meet Valencia's lofted cross with a brilliant looping header that beats Friedel! 2-1 United!
    • 73' Young looks to get past Evra in the United box... but the Frenchman stands firm and make a good challenge... Villa fans want a penalty, but it's not going to happen!
    • 72' Valencia tees up Carrick for a shot on the edge of the box... Collins is there to make a big block!
    • 71' Rooney tries to walk the ball out of defence... Cuellar's having none of it and he wins the ball back for Villa! But his cross in the danger area is dealt with by United's back line...
    • 70' YOUNG! The corner is ballooned up into the air off Berbatov's head before falling nicely for the Villa winger... when it finally drops though, he volleys into the ground and the ball bounces wide!
    • 69' Downing links up well with Heskey on the Villa right... and they win a corner, much to the delight of their fans...
    • 68' Vidic is finally booked for a foul from behind on Young... and inevitably, that prompts ironic cheers from the Villa end!
    • 66' Neville races back from the dressing room and he comes on to replace Rafael...
    • 65' Neville looked like he was ready to come on for the Brazilian, but he had to nip off for a tinkle! So Rafael is back on for the time being....
    • 64' Rafael jars his leg slightly in the soggy Wembley turf... and he looks in some discomfort...
    • 62' United enjoying a bit of pressure on the Villa goal now... Valencia puts over a cross which eventually falls to Rooney... but his shot on the turn goes over the bar.
    • 60' Villa fans are keen for their side to inject a little something into their game... they're chanting the name of John Carew.
    • 59' Downing's ball into the United box nearly finds Heskey... but the England man is on his knees as it comes across following a little stumble...
    • 56' Villa break forward as Young skins Fletche... but his final ball in is cleared... it eventually comes out to Petrov, whose shot goes wide of the mark.
    • 55' Here come United again... but Rooney and Berbatov can't link up this time...
    • 52' Rooney threatens now... but Dunne stands firm this time and the danger passes.
    • 51' Young takes on Evra... and gets past him! But he stumbles into the penalty box and United are able to clear to safety.
    • 49' Brilliant from Carrick! And equally brilliant stop from Friedel to deny United a second!
    • 47' Rooney lets fly with a speculative effort from 30 yards out... it's well wide as the sun comes out in North London.
    • 46' Back underway at Wembley! No futher changes to tell you about.
    • 45'+5 And there goes the half-time whistle! Cracking half at a soggy Wembley!
    • 45'+3 PARK OFF THE POST! Great strike from the Korean as the ball comes to him after Warnock's slip allowed in Valencia!
    • 45' Berbatov lets fly from distance... but he doesn't catch it right and Friedel is able to collect.
    • 44' Three minutes of added time to be played...
    • 43' Bit of cock up at the back as Evans plays a terrible ball across the face of goal under pressure from Young... Kuszczak eventually clears his lines.
    • 42' Rooney's coming on! Ah, that's why Owen didn't pull the trigger earlier... he's crocked again! Oh well, not a bad replacement...
    • 41' Evra is booked for a trip on Young... and Villa fans let off a loud ironic cheer as a United player finally gets a yellow card.
    • 40' Berbatov dinks a ball through for Owen to run on to... he looks for a moment like he may hit it first time, but he waits too long allowing Dunne to get back and put behind for a corner.
    • 37' Super challenge by Warnock as Valencia threatens to burst clear... he showed a lack of pace there though, the potential England left-back.
    • 35' United are keeping possession well here... but their final ball - from Rafael - is pounced upon by Friedel.
    • 34' Look at Berbatov here! He chases down Heskey and makes a sliding challenge! That's what the fans want to see!
    • 33' And United win a corner as the ball loops up off Heskey's head.
    • 32' Cuellar piles in on Evra, after the Frenchman dances past him... free-kick to United.
    • 29' It opens up a little for Carrick, but the United midfielder's effort is poor and the ball rolls well wide of the mark.
    • 28' Cuellar passes up the opportunity to shoot as the ball comes to him at the back stick... he instead lays it off for Downing, who in turn feeds Milner, whose shot is off target!
    • 27' Heskey! The big man brings a save out of Kuszczak after a neat turn and shot on the spin!
    • 26' Rafael is pulled up for a second foul in 30 seconds... and he'll be spoken to by referee Dowd. No card though.
    • 25' Ooh! Park sees his goalbound effort well blocked! Terrific break from the holders!
    • 24' Villa are just playing it around the midfield... until Collins finds Park and United can break...
    • 22' Park slips the ball through to Berbatov.... but Friedal is off his line like a rocket and he slides along the greasy turf to claim at the Bulgarian's feet. Offside anyway...
    • 21' Lovely interchange from Berbatov and Park... but the Korean's final shot is well wide of Friedel's upright...
    • 20' Heskey breaks now... and Carrick is late with his challenge, bringing the England man tumbling to the floor... yet no yellow card is shown! That should have been another one!
    • 19' Carrick's ball in from the resulting free-kick is easily headed clear...
    • 18' Downing is carded for a late challenge on Evra...
    • 17' Funnily enough, Michael Owen has never played in a Wembley final... all his final exploits came at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
    • 16' Brilliant from Milner! He cuts inside and lets fly with a crisp strike from the edge of the box! Kuszczak is forced into punching to safety!
    • 14' And is that a smile from Fabio Capello in the stands? What a cracking start to the final!
    • 13' GOAL! OWEN! UNTED ARE BACK ON LEVEL TERMS! WHO NEEDS ROONEY?! It stems from an error by Dunne, whose pockets are picked by Berbatov... the Bulgarian advances before Dunne's challenge sees the ball skew to Owen, who finishes brilliantly past Friedel! 1-1 now!
    • 11' Nothing comes of the ensuing free-kick... and Villa come forward again...
    • 10' Look at Owen now! He skips past one challenge before being brought down by Collins! Yellow card for the Villa defender - where's the consistency?
    • 9' Ashley Young does Park completely on the Villa right... but his cross doesn't match his earlier skill and Evans is able to clear at the near post.
    • 7' United look to hit back... Berbatov lays off for Carrick, but his effort is way over the bar.
    • 6' The question has to be asked though - why did Vidic not receive a card?
    • 5' GOAL! JAMES MILNER PUTS VILLA INTO THE LEAD! Great spot kick - he sends Kuszczak the wrong way and Villa lead 1-0! What a start for them!
    • 4' PENALTY TO VILLA! Vidic is caught out by Agbonlahor's pace and as he tries to recover, he brings him down! No further punishment for the United man...
    • 4' Here come United with their first attack of the day... Berbatov lays it on for Fletcher, but nothing comes of the move forward.
    • 3' Agbonlahor proves how greasy the surface is by slipping over under pressure from Evans.
    • 2' Rafael heads clear at the near post and the ball is pumped up for Owen to chase... he won't get there.
    • 1' Villa win the first corner of the game as Evra heads behind!
    • 1' Villa are in their white away kit today, despite being the 'home' team, meaning United are in their traditional red shirts and white shorts.
    • 1' Here we go! Villa get things underway at Wembley!
    • 14:57 The national anthem is being sung and kick-off is fast approaching...
    • 14:56 In the absence of Giggs, Neville, Ferdinand, Van der Sar and Rooney, Patrice Evra skippers United today.
    • 14:54 Fabio Capello is spotted in the stands... plenty of English talent to watch today.
    • 14:30 Martin O'Neill: "Manchester United come in as favourites rightly so. We've deserved to get here, it's been a great effort but I'm hoping on the day we perform well enough and more importantly we want to win it. (The decision to drop Brad Guzan was) as difficult as I've ever had to make. Brad Guzan is primarily responsible for us being here."
    • 14:16 TEAMS - ASTON VILLA: Friedel, Cuellar, Dunne, Collins, Warnock, A Young, Milner, Petrov, Downing, Agbonlahor, Heskey... MANCHESTER UNITED: Kuszczak, Rafael, Evans, Vidic, Evra, Valencia, Fletcher, Carrick, Park, Berbatov, Owen.
    • 14:13 ROONEY ON THE BENCH! Disappointment for the England forward and for the Manchester United fans - Michael Owen starts and Wayne Rooney will be collecting splinters among the substitutes.
    • 14:11 Manchester United's Red Army are decked out predominantly in green and gold today. They are of course protesting about the Glazer family's ownership of the club by wearing the colours of Newton Heath - United's name when they were founded in 1878.
    • 14:08 We are still waiting for the teams to be announced. All eyes on Wayne Rooney, amid suggestions United's talisman might get a rest this afternoon.
    • 14:05 There has been considerable concern about the playing surface in light of the torrential rain in London this week. The pitch was kept under a massive plastic tent of warm air last night, which was removed about an hour ago. The rain has subsided for the moment and the pitch looks OK.
    • 14:00 An hour until kick-off and Wembley is starting to fill ahead of the first bug final of the season.
    • - For United, Wayne Rooney has scored 11 goals in his last eight appearances in all competitions.
    • - Gabriel Agbonlahor has scored in two of his last three games against United and in four of his last eight appearances against the Old Trafford side.
    • - And Villa have the upper hand on United this season, having beaten them at Old Trafford and won a point at Villa Park in the league.
    • - Villa have won the last three League Cup meetings between the two sides, scoring seven goals compared to United's one.
    • - Villa have a great pedigree in the competition - Only Liverpool (seven) have won the trophy more often than Aston Villa, who have lifted the cup five times as well as picking up runners-up medals twice.
    • - It's a repeat of the 1994 final, which Aston Villa won 3-1 to deny United what would have been a Treble. Dalian Atkinson and Dean Saunders, twice, were on target while United's riposte came from Mark Hughes.
    • - The first silverware of the season is up for grabs as Aston Villa meet Manchester United in the Carling Cup final at Wembley.
  • Summary

    • 88' Dunne nearly gets to a decent Villa delivery into the United box! This one may not be over just yet!
    • 82' Oooh! Villa close to an equaliser! Collins goes up to meet a cross... it seems to come off Vidic before looping up over the keeper! But Kuszczak recovers well to tip over the bar!
    • 78' ROONEY OFF THE POST WITH ANOTHER HEADER! It's Valencia again with the cross to Rooney, whose downward header from a standing position cannons back off the upright with Friedel beaten all ends up!
    • 74' GOAL! UNITED TAKE THE LEAD! AND GUESS WHO IT IS? WAYNE ROONEY! The England striker rises high to meet Valencia's lofted cross with a brilliant looping header that beats Friedel! 2-1 United!
    • 70' YOUNG! The corner is ballooned up into the air off Berbatov's head before falling nicely for the Villa winger... when it finally drops though, he volleys into the ground and the ball bounces wide!
    • 49' Brilliant from Carrick! And equally brilliant stop from Friedel to deny United a second!
    • 45'+3 PARK OFF THE POST! Great strike from the Korean as the ball comes to him after Warnock's slip allowed in Valencia!
    • 27' Heskey! The big man brings a save out of Kuszczak after a neat turn and shot on the spin!
    • 16' Brilliant from Milner! He cuts inside and lets fly with a crisp strike from the edge of the box! Kuszczak is forced into punching to safety!
    • 13' GOAL! OWEN! UNTED ARE BACK ON LEVEL TERMS! WHO NEEDS ROONEY?! It stems from an error by Dunne, whose pockets are picked by Berbatov... the Bulgarian advances before Dunne's challenge sees the ball skew to Owen, who finishes brilliantly past Friedel! 1-1 now!
    • 5' GOAL! JAMES MILNER PUTS VILLA INTO THE LEAD! Great spot kick - he sends Kuszczak the wrong way and Villa lead 1-0! What a start for them!
    • 4' PENALTY TO VILLA! Vidic is caught out by Agbonlahor's pace and as he tries to recover, he brings him down! No further punishment for the United man...
    • 14:13 ROONEY ON THE BENCH! Disappointment for the England forward and for the Manchester United fans - Michael Owen starts and Wayne Rooney will be collecting splinters among the substitutes.

Team lineup & ratings

  • Lineup

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • B. Friedel
      • C. Cuéllar Substitution Out (80′)
      • J. Collins Yellow Card
      • R. Dunne
      • S. Warnock
      • J. Milner Goal
      • S. Petrov
      • A. Young
      • S. Downing Yellow Card
      • E. Heskey
      • G. Agbonlahor

      Subs

      • J. Carew Substitution In80′
      • H. Beye
      • L. Young
      • N. Delfouneso
      • B. Guzan
      • F. Delph
      • S. Sidwell
    • Starting line-up

      • T. Kuszczak
      • Rafael Substitution Out (66′)
      • N. Vidic Yellow Card
      • J. Evans
      • P. Evra Yellow Card
      • D. Fletcher
      • M. Carrick
      • A. Valencia
      • J. Park Substitution Out (85′)
      • M. Owen Goal Substitution Out (42′)
      • D. Berbatov

      Subs

      • P. Scholes
      • G. Neville Substitution In66′
      • W. Brown
      • W. Rooney Substitution In42′ Goal
      • B. Foster
      • D. Gibson Substitution In85′
      • M. Diouf
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