Tuesday September 20, 2011 3rd Round Finished Elland Road

Leeds United 0 - 3 Manchester United

  • Owen 15’, 32’
  • Giggs 45’

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  1. Owen and Giggs give United win

    Owen and Giggs give United win

    A three-goal blitz in the first half put Manchester United through to the fourth round of the Carling Cup at the expense of Leeds United. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Leeds United
    • Manchester United
    • 90+3' And that's the final action of the game, a game that ended as a contest in the first half. Manchester United avenge their cup exit at the hands of Leeds two seasons ago with a 3-0 win.
    • 90+2' Nunez should finish a drab game on a high note for Leeds, but whiffs a shot from 10 yards wide after being put through by the Finland connection.
    • 90+1' And just like the first half, two added minutes will finish us up here.
    • 90' Speaking of makeshift, right-back Valencia brushes aside the threat of Nunez inside the penalty area.
    • 89' A deep free-kick put into the danger zone by Leeds is headed out for a corner by makeshift centte-back Berbatov. The corner is swept away safely, too.
    • 88' An Owen hat-trick looks unlikely with the away side now down to ten. He's drifted out wide with the emphasis obviously now on defence.
    • 87' White's cross blocked by Valencia to half-hearted cries of handball.
    • 86' "We'll never play you again" is the chant coming from the away end now as Pogba is fouled in the middle of the park.
    • 84' Forssell looks to get on the end of a decent cross but strayed offside in the process.
    • 83' It looks like Berbatov of all people will cover for Fryers at the back! Not actually that bad a choice. He's strong, composed and experienced.
    • 82' Fryers has a bit of cramp, or perhaps a tweak. Looks like Man Utd will finish with 10 men, now their three subs are used up.
    • 81' White embarks on a decent run down his wing but is outnumbered and outgunned by two defenders.
    • 80' Clayton blasts one over the bar after a cross from the left is only half-cleared.
    • 79' Needless to say, the three goals in the first half have taken any potential sting out of the contest. Leeds are showing the occasional glimmer of potential that they could get a consolation goal, however...
    • 78' Final sub of the game: Macheda makes way for Man Utd debutant #3 tonight, Larnell Cole. He's a winger who won the FA Youth Cup with the U18s last season.
    • 76' Bucking Giggs' trend in the first half, Valencia sends the corner into the danger zone and Pogba's effort is blocked away.
    • 75' Welbeck is found with acres of space on the right, he looks for Owen with the pass but the hat-trick is once again thwarted by his marker at the expense of another corner.
    • 74' Good news, Leeds fans: Vayrynen collects a ball over the Man Utd defence and is clean through. Bad news: Valencia times his move forward well to catch him offside.
    • 73' Nunez fails to pick out Snodgrass with a loft pass to the right flank.
    • 72' Welbeck's first contribution is a foul on Forssell.
    • 70' Macheda concedes a free-kick in the centre circle as Danny Welbeck makes his return from injury from the bench, replacing Diouf.
    • 69' An intricate move between Park, Owen and Berbatov leads to a Diouf shot being blocked on the edge of the box.
    • 68' Nunez fouls Diouf and gets his final warning, less than three minutes into his cameo.
    • 67' Forssell sets Howson free on the right but doesn't see a return as the centre attempt is blocked.
    • 66' It's McCormack who'll make way in Simon Grayson's final sub of the game. Honduran attacking midfielder Ramon Nunez enters the fray.
    • 65' McCormack is gradually coming deeper and deeper to get moves going for Leeds. The hosts are caught offside once more.
    • 63' Lees attempts to get onto Snodgrass' through pass but triggers the offside flag.
    • 62' A cheap giveaway by the Reds allows Leeds to display a little passing fluency of their own, before Fabio wins it back.
    • 60' Macheda is through in the area from the left, but flashes a low effort across goal. The flag was up, anyway. Replays show it was a harsh decision, but his miss defeats the point either way.
    • 59' Early cross from the right by Clayton is too deep and Amos has it.
    • 58' United put together a lengthy passing sequence but lose it cheaply in the end.
    • 57' Carrick is brave under pressure to head away another second-wind onslaught from Leeds.
    • 56' ...and it culminates in Owen through just to the left of the area with a chance for his hat-trick! He pulls back and tries for finesse into the far top corner, but it's wide.
    • 55' Some heavy pressure almost causes the away side to lose their way at the back, but they're able to move it forward...
    • 54' Believe it or not, even at 3 up Man Utd are punching below their current goalscoring average this season of 4 per game. That's how prolific they've been thus far.
    • 53' Pogba catches the bad end of a clash of heads, but recovers.
    • 52' How do Leeds plan to Finnish this game? With a double sub! Mikael Forssell comes on for Becchio and Keogh is replaced by debutant Mika Vayrynen, signed from Heerenveen.
    • 51' Bogged down in midfield quite a bit at the moment.
    • 50' Owen hilariously attempts to marshall a ball out for a Man United throw, only for the ball to stop dead on the line. He is forced to pass to a team-mate as a result.
    • 49' Clayton attempts to get a Leeds attack going, but the Reds snuff it out and continue their possession.
    • 48' O'Dea feels Owen has gone down too easily after feeling the defenders arm on his back. His reaction sees him casually walk into the prone striker, and THAT earns him a yellow.
    • 47' Pogba's first contribution is to concede a free-kick just inside the United half. A good battle for the ball between Owen and Howson is won by the Leeds skipper.
    • 46' And the second half has begun.
    • 46' We have a half-time switch from Man United. 18-year old Paul Pogba will make his debut, replacing goalscorer and skipper Giggs. Carrick now has the armband.
    • 45+3' And it's half-time. Leeds may already be out of this one. They certainly have their work cut out.
    • 45+2' A nick off a Leeds player ended any hope Lonergan had of blocking that but it would have been tough anyway. An exquisite finish to a superb half for the champions.
    • 45+1' Two minutes of added time at the end of the first half. Giggs prepares to take another away corner. Short again to Park and back to Giggs who bursts into the box AND MAKES IT THREE!
    • 45' Leeds lose possession immediately and Valencia looks to punish them, but his low cross catches the heel of O'Dea for a corner which comes to nothing.
    • 44' Awesome run by park, clearing a good 25 yards and beating three men before his final ball attempt clips Bromby and falls safely for Lonergan.
    • 43' Fabio comes inside to stop Becchio controlling a cross-field pass.
    • 42' Becchio is unable to catch up to a ball sent to the byline and the goal kick is awarded. McCormack then replicates it while attempting to latch onto a clever pass forward which beats the offside trap.
    • 41' The Leeds keeper then cuts it fine with a back-passed kick out as Owen was inches away from successfully closing it down. He could have completed a hat-trick just by blocking a clearance.
    • 39' Diouf fouls White while chasing down a raking pass from the back. Would have put him one-on-one with Lonergan had he beaten his man legally.
    • 38' Clayton attempts a headed flick-on, Carrick nods it away.
    • 37' Snodgrass goes right through Park as the away side play it around their back line. Yellow card.
    • 36' The away side are all over the game now. Berbatov plays Owen through, who shakes off two defenders to tee up Valencia..... who really should have buried that. Instead, it limps wide.
    • 35' Long throw into the Leeds box finds Giggs 6 yards out but his first touch is errant and Lonergan smothers it.
    • 34' Great sliding challenge from O'Dea prevents Macheda from going for goal number 3.
    • 33' And this is from the apparent 'fifth-choice' striker at Man Utd. Wow.
    • 32' Excellent through ball inside Lees puts Macheda in a troublesome area of the box. The centre-backs cover and concede a corner. Again, the away side work it short but eventually it comes back to OWEN! What a hit! Great square ball from Diouf to set it up. 0-2
    • 31' Keogh tries to header McCormack through on goal but it's intercepted. Promising spell for the hosts.
    • 30' Owen provides a select cross which Berbatov almost meets... Lonergan times his run out perfectly to catch it first.
    • 29' Bromby hacks down Berbatov from behind. Should have been a yellow in fairness.
    • 28' Leeds break away and Snodgrass curls for the top corner - it's over the bar but was a decent effort and a warning that the home side are more than capable of getting back into this.
    • 27' Now it's Diouf's turn to enter the book. Leeds will take a free-kick 35 yards out from the left side... Bromby flicks it on but Snodgrass is flagged offside as he goes for it.
    • 26' Snodgrass fouls Fabio out wide, and seconds later Fabio commits another foul. Thin ice.
    • 25' Berba loses the ball once more, this time to Clayton.
    • 24' Berbatov loses possession rather easily to Bromby, who is then taken out by Fabio as he attempts to take it forward. First booking of the game ensues.
    • 23' The corner's headed away by the first man only as far as Clayton, whose attempt from 25 yards is closed down.
    • 22' Great sliding challenge cuts out a 1-2 on the left between Keogh and Howson at the expense of a corner.
    • 21' Clayton aims a shot directly at Amos, who takes it comfortably.
    • 20' A Fryers long ball upfield has just too much on it for Diouf to bring it down, Leeds take the throw. Their run ends when Carrick back headers safely to Amos.
    • 19' McCormack aims for heads at the far post but the delivery beats everyone and goes off for a goal kick.
    • 18' It's taken short and the away side continue to work the possession play. A stray pass however puts paid to that and allows Becchio to win a free-kick on the left wing from Giggs.
    • 17' Park is fouled on the halfway line, Man Utd have the free-kick.
    • 16' Man United look for a quickfire second, but the cross is eventually cleared with Owen and Macheda looking to get on the end of it.
    • 15' Great start to Owen's first start of the season following back trouble.
    • 14' GOAL MAN UTD! Diouf does well to win back a ball he lost himself. Short to Berbatov, through pass to Park, square and short to Owen who moves away from his man and squeaks a tame shot just inside the near post. 0-1!
    • 13' Snodgrass cuts inside from the left to whip in a cross which fails to beat the initial sea of red shirts to find the few white ones behind it.
    • 11' A Man Utd free-kick comes to nothing. Goal kick Leeds.
    • 10' Rare slack in Man U passing allows Leeds to surge forward. McCormack dummies a ball inside from the left allowing it to run to Becchio, who emulates Owen by going down far too easily.
    • 9' Berbatov takes advantage of a missed interception to advance down the left, square ball to Owen in the 'D'... he goes down but no foul given. Would have been soft.
    • 8' Third corner in short order for the visitors, this time from the other side. Played short to Diouf and wasted.
    • 7' This time the set piece is taken traditionally and Fryers almost connects with a header!
    • 6' Man Utd win a corner of their own, Giggs gives it short to Macheda and gets it back, only to win a second corner.
    • 5' Snodgrass wins the first corner off Fryers. It's sent to the far post and headed towards goal... Amos gets a touch and it's cleared inches ahead of the line! Two further Leeds players try to bury the rebound but it's defended well. Serious chance!
    • 4' Giggs and Macheda work it forward allowing Diouf to attempt a shot from the edge of the box, but it hits his other foot first and ruins the chance.
    • 3' Leeds cut out a decent flow of passes from the away side and win a free kick in the process as the interception clips the hand of a red shirted player.
    • 2' The Man U back four is Fabio and Valencia as full backs flanking central midfielder by trade Michael Carrick and Ezekiel Fryers in his senior debut. Hmm. McCormack fluffs a shot from 20 yards and it goes miles wide.
    • 1' Mike Jones gets us underway, Man United kick off.
    • 19:45 The teams are out on the pitch at Elland Road - the big cup clash is next!
    • 19:40 "Come on Leeds, knock them out so we can all have a­ good laugh at the part time brigade!!!!" - St George Will Rise Again, Tue 20 Sep 7:09PM
    • 19:35 "Man Utd need to win this cup like a hole in the­ tooth.. Leeds need to win this cup just to make ends­ meet..." - JEREMY, Tue 20 Sep 7:07pm
    • 19:30 Of course, if one game isn't enough for you tonight, we have multi-match coverage of this and all the other league cup games going down this evening. Carling Cup: 10 games LIVE
    • 19:25 Interesting selections from the visitors, the exact formation is unclear but there'll almost certainly be a few players out of their natural position. Leeds with a mostly full strength side look to be going for it tonight.
    • 19:20 TEAMS - Leeds: Lonergan, Lees, Bromby, O'Dea, White, Snodgrass, Howson, Clayton, Keogh, McCormack, Becchio. Subs: Rachubka, O'Brien, Vayrynen, Brown, Forssell, Nunez, Taylor. /// Man Utd: Amos, Valencia, Carrick, Fryers, Fabio, Diouf, Park, Giggs, Macheda, Berbatov, Owen. Subs: De Gea, Welbeck, Brown, M Keane, Thorpe, Pogba, Cole.
    • 19:15 Team news will be in shortly. One player we do know Leeds will be without, however, is defender Patrick Kisnorbo courtesy of a suspension picked up against Bristol City. Read more
    • 19:10 Nearly two years on from one of the great upsets of recent times when Jermaine Beckford's only goal put League One Leeds through to the FA Cup fourth round at Sir Alex's expense, it's now time for a League Cup version of the tie, with the home side this time a Championship outfit.
    • 19:05 Good evening and welcome to our LIVE Carling Cup coverage as Manchester United travel to rivals Leeds United!
  • Summary

    • 90+2' Nunez should finish a drab game on a high note for Leeds, but whiffs a shot from 10 yards wide after being put through by the Finland connection.
    • 56' ...and it culminates in Owen through just to the left of the area with a chance for his hat-trick! He pulls back and tries for finesse into the far top corner, but it's wide.
    • 45+1' Two minutes of added time at the end of the first half. Giggs prepares to take another away corner. Short again to Park and back to Giggs who bursts into the box AND MAKES IT THREE!
    • 36' The away side are all over the game now. Berbatov plays Owen through, who shakes off two defenders to tee up Valencia..... who really should have buried that. Instead, it limps wide.
    • 32' Excellent through ball inside Lees puts Macheda in a troublesome area of the box. The centre-backs cover and concede a corner. Again, the away side work it short but eventually it comes back to OWEN! What a hit! Great square ball from Diouf to set it up. 0-2
    • 28' Leeds break away and Snodgrass curls for the top corner - it's over the bar but was a decent effort and a warning that the home side are more than capable of getting back into this.
    • 14' GOAL MAN UTD! Diouf does well to win back a ball he lost himself. Short to Berbatov, through pass to Park, square and short to Owen who moves away from his man and squeaks a tame shot just inside the near post. 0-1!
    • 5' Snodgrass wins the first corner off Fryers. It's sent to the far post and headed towards goal... Amos gets a touch and it's cleared inches ahead of the line! Two further Leeds players try to bury the rebound but it's defended well. Serious chance!
    • 19:20 TEAMS - Leeds: Lonergan, Lees, Bromby, O'Dea, White, Snodgrass, Howson, Clayton, Keogh, McCormack, Becchio. Subs: Rachubka, O'Brien, Vayrynen, Brown, Forssell, Nunez, Taylor. /// Man Utd: Amos, Valencia, Carrick, Fryers, Fabio, Diouf, Park, Giggs, Macheda, Berbatov, Owen. Subs: De Gea, Welbeck, Brown, M Keane, Thorpe, Pogba, Cole.

Team Line-up & Ratings

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      Substitution Out66′ 4.6 -
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      Goal Substitution Out45′ 7.9 -
      Substitution Out78′ 6.7 -
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