Tuesday October 25, 2011 4th Round Finished Recreation Ground

Aldershot Town 0 - 3 Manchester United

  • Berbatov 15’
  • Owen 41’
  • Valencia 48’

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    United cruise to win at Aldershot

    Manchester United got back to winning ways with a comfortable 3-0 win at Aldershot Town in the fourth round of the Carling Cup. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Aldershot Town
    • Manchester United
    • 90+3' The final whistle goes and United get back to winning ways, albiet with a completely different team to that which lost at the weekend. Aldershot were well beaten, but they can hold their heads high.
    • 90+2' Smith twists and turns his way past Keane and goes down in search of a free-kick, but the referee gives the goal kick.
    • 90' The fourth official indicates three minutes of time added on for an Aldershot player to grab a slice of personal glory. Instead it's United who surge forward but Valencia lashes his strike high and wide.
    • 89' Guttridge stands over a free-kick and fires in a decent effort on goal that Amos pushes away for a corner! The young United keeper (though none of them are old, to be fair) has had little to do, but was alert there.
    • 86' Vidic gets his boot to the ball inside the United box before Hylton can reach it but it runs back for Guttridge to strike... Flashed wide of the target! Amos was rooted to the spot! Guttridge caught his volley well but the chance goes begging.
    • 85' McGlashan motors down the right and bends in a decent cross, but none of his team-mates were able to keep pace and meet it with a header.
    • 84' According to Channel 4 political correspondent and Man United fan Michael Crick on Twitter: "Morrison gets his first touch of the ball - in his 2nd #MUFC first team game! On brief debut v Wolves in 2010 he didn't get a touch."
    • 83' Aldershot substitution: Adam Smith replaces Rankine.
    • 82' Aldershot clear the corner and they can break. Bubb lines up his strike from the area and blazes over the bar!
    • 81' Berbatov will take the free-kick. The wall is terribly placed,a nd Berbatov merely blasts his strike low and to the side of it, forcing the save from Worner!
    • 80' Park makes a thrilling solo run through the middle and seems to be stumbling for about half of it! The referee blows the whistle for a foul on the edge of the box after the Korean bursts into the area but gains no advantage.
    • 78' Morrison meets a good low cross into the box and Darren Jones slides in to make a good challenge at the expense of a corner.
    • 76' Nice instinctive touch from Morrison into the path of Park in midfield. A highly-rated player in the United youth ranks, but also one to keep an eye on for his off-the-pitch antics.
    • 75' A United corner is taken by Owen (!) and it's floated out to Park ont he edge of the box. The Korean takes a touch to beat the onrushing defender and then drills his strike wide! Not quite as clinical as the Beckham/Scholes version, but worth a go when you're 3-0 up.
    • 74' Collins was captain for non-league side Havant and Waterlooville when they played a memorable FA Cup tie at Anfield a few years back.
    • 73' Aldershot substitution: Jamie Collins replaces Vincenti.
    • 72' Rankine turns and scoops a cross in towards the far post, but the pass is wayward and McGlashan can't reach it.
    • 71' McGlashan almost sneaks past Vidic at the byline but the Serb does enough to force the corner rather than concede a goal.
    • 70' United substitutions: Ravel Morrison and Michael Keane replace Fryers and Diouf.
    • 69' Pogba is teed up by Owen for the shot from range but he was leaning back as he struck and the shot is way over the bar.
    • 68' Berbatov brings the ball down nonchalantly on his chest (some saying his arm) inside the box and casually plays it into Owen's path. The striker turns and shoots, but his strike is blocked en route to goal!
    • 66' Pogba executes a clever turn in midfield and tries to pick out Diouf's run with a reverse aerial pass, but it's too long for the Senegalese forward to reach.
    • 64' This is only Pogba's second first-team appearance for United, by the way, having also been a sub in the last round against Leeds.
    • 62' Hylton and Fabio collide in the air. Both players give pained expressions. The referee gives a throw-in to Aldershot.
    • 61' Another Aldershot free-kick is sent into the box from deep. Darren Jones gets his head to the ball but he can't get any direction on his header and the move breaks down.
    • 60' United substitution: Paul Pogba replaces Cleverley.
    • 58' Rankine and McGlashan continuing to give the 7,000-odd home fans something to cheer about with their constant hustling and endeavour.
    • 57' United head the free-kick away and break. Berbatov fights his way past Herd and gets on to Park's through ball. He's one-on-one with the keeper and drags his effort wide!
    • 55' Nice spell of possession for the Shots. Plenty of attacking intent as they pass their way forward and Hylton wins a free-kick off Valencia.
    • 53' United totally bossing possession now. It will take the summoning of some real spirit now for Aldershot. Holdsworth will learn a lot about his players between now and the final whistle.
    • 51' Here's a comment from a reader who goes by the name of £: "Its about time Berbatov was recalled to the first team­ and confine Welbeck back to the reserves till he is­ properly ready and good enough for first team action,­ right now I cannot understand why he keeps getting the­ nod over Berby and Hernandez, Welbeck is not good­ enough yet by far not."
    • 49' That's Valencia's first goal of the season, and it's thank you and goodnight. Damage limitation for Aldershot now.
    • 48' GOAL!! 3-0 UNITED!! Cleverley casually plays the ball across to Valencia, who fires in a stunning strike from 20 yards that crashing in off the underside of the bar!
    • 46' Aldershot get the second half underway!
    • HT Aldershot substitution: Bradley Bubb replaces Rodman, who has succumbed to that shoulder injury sustained in the first half. A shame for Rodman, but a great opportunity for Bubb.
    • 45+2' Half-time is called, and United's second string has so far been more than enough for Aldershot.
    • 45+1' Two minutes of added time are signalled.
    • 45' Fryers does a good job shackling McGlashan this time. Those two are just having their own personal duel while the match goes on around them, it seems.
    • 43' That's two starts in the Carling Cup and three goals for Michael Owen this season. Get ready for those renewed calls for him to be picked for England...
    • 41' GOAL!! 2-0 UNITED!! Berbatov teases left-back Straker out wide before squaring into the box for Owen to hit a shot close to Worner but the keeper can't keep it out!
    • 40' Rodman comes back on to the field and will deliver the corner, but it's dealt with by the United defence.
    • 39' Good spell here for Aldershot, even though they are down to 10 men temporarily. Antonio Valencia gives away a free-kick.
    • 38' Big shouts for an Aldershot penalty as Rankine's header appears to hit Berbatov on the arm! The referee deems it was not intentional, if it did happen at all, and play ends with a United free-kick for offside.
    • 37' Luke Guttridge will take the corner in Rodman's absence...
    • 36' Rodman collides into Fryers after getting a shot away. The ball deflects off the United full-back for a corner, but Rodman lands awkwardly on his shoulder as he falls.
    • 34' Peter Vincenti has a pop from distance for Aldershot... The low shot flies harmlessly wide of the far post.
    • 32' Park is having the run of it against Aldershot left-back Anthony Straker. The korean gets in a decent cross that Berbatov can't steer on target.
    • 30' Cleverley linking up well with Berbatov but the latter runs out of options on the edge of the box. Cleverley involved in all United's best football so far.
    • 29' The corner is initially cleared but Herd sends in the second ball and Rankine heads wide at the far post!
    • 28' More promising forward play from Aldershot and Michael Rankine wins a corner.
    • 27' McGlashan powers down the right again before nipping this way and that and driving a solid strike over the bar! It was never likely to trouble Ben Amos, but a little reminder that Aldershot are still in this game.
    • 26' Aside from number one keeper David de Gea, United's bench is extremely inexperienced: Marnick Vermijl, Michael Keane, Paul Pogba, William Keane, Ravel Morrison and Larnell Cole.
    • 24' Another United corner is met by the classic chant of "the referee's a..." well, you know what.
    • 23' Danny Hylton pounces on the dithering Park in midfield and heads forward with the ball. Cleverley is tracking back to put in a cynical trip on the Shots skipper. Those Paul Scholes comparisons continue...
    • 22' It's one corner after another for United as they have Aldershot pegged back inside their own half. The Shots are wearing their white away kit - just as they have in every round of this cup run - and they are certainly being made to look like the away team so far.
    • 21' Owen surges forward into the area and slips the ball into the path of Fabio, who manages to dig out a shot that is deflected behind for a corner.
    • 20' Berbatov gets some measure of revenge as he seems to yank McGlashan to the ground on the halfway line, but the remonstrations from the home bench do not convince the officials.
    • 19' Big penalty shout for United as Berbatov is brought down in the area, but referee Peter Walton waves play on.
    • 17' "We're gonna win 6-1!" is the chant from the crowd at the EBB Stadium!
    • 16' That is Berbatov's first goal of the season! And to think, he was the Premier League's joint-top scorer last season...
    • 15' GOAL!! Lovely goal from United!! The Red Devils maintain the pressure after their corner is cleared. Park Ji-Sung plays a one-two with Cleverley and gets into the box and feeds Berbatov. The Bulgarian striker turns and sidefoots a cool finish past Ross Worner!
    • 14' Owen's run is blocked by Aaron Morris at the expense of another United corner.
    • 13' McGlashan again gets a chance to show his pace as he bombs down the right flank after a long ball over the top, but even he is not quick enough for that one.
    • 12' Diouf tries to head the corner back across goal but it is hacked clear.
    • 11' Phil Jones is just one of the red shirt strollign forward as United win a corner.
    • 10' The free-kick is swing in to the far post, but it is headed clear by the United defence.
    • 9' Alex Rodman gets down the left channel after a quick one-two and Vidic dives in with a desperate tackle! The big Serb gets a booking, and Aldershot have a free-kick.
    • 7' Mame Biram Diouf heads down for Dimitar Berbatov, who feeds Tom Cleverley with a neat backheel to the edge of the box... Cleverley fires over! Cue ironic cheers from the home fans.
    • 6' Michael Owen's father Terry played on this ground for three different clubs during his playing days. It's only the striker's second start of the season. The first came in this competition, when he scored twice in the 3-0 win at Leeds.
    • 4' Nemanja Vidic makes his presence felt early on. The United captain is yet to really get his injury-plagued season off and running.
    • 3' Aldershot Town is in fact the new incarnation of the old club Aldershot, which went under some two decades ago. United visited the old club back in 1970, and won that League cup tie that day 3-1.
    • 2' Jermaine McGlashan with an early surge down the right wing at Ezekiel Fryers, but the 19-year-old United left-back shepherds the ball out for a goal-kick.
    • 1' United kick off and get this Carling Cup tie underway!
    • 19:43 The two teams are out on to the pitch now. We'll be underway shortly...
    • 19:40 Shots manager Dean Holdswoth:"I'm proud, we're honoured. It's a big privilege for us to be hosting Manchester United. We've had a fantastic run and we've earned it. We've worked tirelessly behind the scenes and we hope to do ourselves proud on the evening. It's a big boost for us financially. There's a lot of work goes on with the chairman, the chief executive and the board to move the club forward. More importantly for me as the manager of the team, it's a great challenge for us."
    • 19:35 If you do fancy a giant-killing then you may be interested in the pre-match odds: Aldershot 14/1, Manchester United 2/7, Draw 11/2. The shots are 100/1 to repeat the 6-1 scoreline from Sunday.
    • 19:30 For the Shots, on-loan striker Adam Smith only makes the bench despite setting up Jermaine McGlashan for his first goal of a brace in the win over Dagenham. Rankine and Danny Hylton scored the goals that saw off the threat of Rochdale in the third round, and the latter will be looking to register his 11th goal in all competitions this season. Shots captain: "Hopefully the floodlights are on the blink!"
    • 19:30 So, an intriguing mix of youth and experience for United as Alex Ferguson aims to bounce back from that 6-1 derby mauling by Manchester City with 11 changes to his team. Tom Cleverley returns to make his first appearance since injuring his ankle against Bolton. Nemanja Vidic returns in place of the suspended Jonny Evans after recovering from injury that ruled him out of Sunday's derby, while Michael Owen makes his second start of the season up front with Dimitar Berbatov. Owen: Aldershot game important
    • 19:25 Aldershot: Worner, Herd, Jones, Morris, Straker, McGlashan, Vincenti, Guttridge, Rodman, Hylton, Rankine. Subs: Young, Aaron Brown, Collins, Bubb, Pulis, Smith, Panther /// Man Utd: Amos, Jones, Vidic, Fryers, Fabio Da Silva, Valencia, Cleverley, Park, Diouf, Owen, Berbatov. Subs: De Gea, Vermijl, Michael Keane, Pogba, William Keane, Morrison, Cole.
    • 19:20 The shots are currently 15th in League Two, meaning they welcome a United side sat 81 places above them in the Football League pyramid. They were on a run of four straight defeats before the weekend, but they warmed up nicely for this tie with a thumping 5-2 win at Dagenham and Redbridge. League Two table
    • 19:15 Welcome to Eurosport's live coverage of the Carling Cup fourth round clash between League Two club Aldershot Town and Premier League champions Manchester United at the Recreation Ground!
  • Summary

    • 90' The fourth official indicates three minutes of time added on for an Aldershot player to grab a slice of personal glory. Instead it's United who surge forward but Valencia lashes his strike high and wide.
    • 89' Guttridge stands over a free-kick and fires in a decent effort on goal that Amos pushes away for a corner! The young United keeper (though none of them are old, to be fair) has had little to do, but was alert there.
    • 82' Aldershot clear the corner and they can break. Bubb lines up his strike from the area and blazes over the bar!
    • 81' Berbatov will take the free-kick. The wall is terribly placed,a nd Berbatov merely blasts his strike low and to the side of it, forcing the save from Worner!
    • 75' A United corner is taken by Owen (!) and it's floated out to Park ont he edge of the box. The Korean takes a touch to beat the onrushing defender and then drills his strike wide! Not quite as clinical as the Beckham/Scholes version, but worth a go when you're 3-0 up.
    • 68' Berbatov brings the ball down nonchalantly on his chest (some saying his arm) inside the box and casually plays it into Owen's path. The striker turns and shoots, but his strike is blocked en route to goal!
    • 57' United head the free-kick away and break. Berbatov fights his way past Herd and gets on to Park's through ball. He's one-on-one with the keeper and drags his effort wide!
    • 48' GOAL!! 3-0 UNITED!! Cleverley casually plays the ball across to Valencia, who fires in a stunning strike from 20 yards that crashing in off the underside of the bar!
    • 41' GOAL!! 2-0 UNITED!! Berbatov teases left-back Straker out wide before squaring into the box for Owen to hit a shot close to Worner but the keeper can't keep it out!
    • 38' Big shouts for an Aldershot penalty as Rankine's header appears to hit Berbatov on the arm! The referee deems it was not intentional, if it did happen at all, and play ends with a United free-kick for offside.
    • 27' McGlashan powers down the right again before nipping this way and that and driving a solid strike over the bar! It was never likely to trouble Ben Amos, but a little reminder that Aldershot are still in this game.
    • 19' Big penalty shout for United as Berbatov is brought down in the area, but referee Peter Walton waves play on.
    • 15' GOAL!! Lovely goal from United!! The Red Devils maintain the pressure after their corner is cleared. Park Ji-Sung plays a one-two with Cleverley and gets into the box and feeds Berbatov. The Bulgarian striker turns and sidefoots a cool finish past Ross Worner!
    • 7' Mame Biram Diouf heads down for Dimitar Berbatov, who feeds Tom Cleverley with a neat backheel to the edge of the box... Cleverley fires over! Cue ironic cheers from the home fans.
    • 19:25 Aldershot: Worner, Herd, Jones, Morris, Straker, McGlashan, Vincenti, Guttridge, Rodman, Hylton, Rankine. Subs: Young, Aaron Brown, Collins, Bubb, Pulis, Smith, Panther /// Man Utd: Amos, Jones, Vidic, Fryers, Fabio Da Silva, Valencia, Cleverley, Park, Diouf, Owen, Berbatov. Subs: De Gea, Vermijl, Michael Keane, Pogba, William Keane, Morrison, Cole.

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