Wednesday November 30, 2011 5th Round Finished Old Trafford

Manchester United 1 - 2
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Crystal Palace

  • Macheda 68’ (pen.)
  • Ambrose 65’
  • Murray 98’

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  1. Palace stun United at Old Trafford

    Palace stun United at Old Trafford

    Glenn Murray's extra-time winner helped Crystal Palace to a shock 2-1 victory over Manchester United in the Carling Cup quarter-final. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:120'
    • Manchester United
    • Crystal Palace
    • FT There goes the final whistle and Crystal Palace have beaten Manchester United at Old Trafford!
    • 119' Valencia chips in a cross which is headed goalwards but Gardner hooks away from almost underneath his own crossbar!
    • 118' Credit to Zaha, he's covered every blade of grass in an attempt to relieve pressure on his side's heroic defence.
    • 117' United are camped outside the Palace box but with so many yellow shirts back it's going to take something special to get sight of goal.
    • 116' Valencia and Park exchange passes, with Valencia then standing up a cross but McCarthy gets up unchallenged to power a header clear.
    • 115' Zaha's back at the other end to defend, intercepting Morrison's pass before hoofing clear.
    • 114' Zaha picks up the ball on the left flank but is isolated with three men to beat and United steal back possession.
    • 113' Sir Alex Ferguson cuts a despondent figure on the United bench.
    • 112' Smalling slides the ball into Park but McCarthy nips in with a superbly-timed challenge to deny the United midfielder a shot at goal. Heroic stuff.
    • 111' It's all hands to the pump for Palace - every man bar Murray is behind the ball!
    • 109' Gibson goes into the referee's notebook after bringing down Murray on the halfway line.
    • 108' Palace are understandably taking their time over every throw-in.
    • 107' Smalling moves the ball inside to Macheda, who skips into the box and passes wide to Valencia, but his whipped in cross is headed away.
    • 106' It's only a short break, with the teams changing ends, and we're back underway at Old Trafford.
    • HT It's half-time in extra-time. Palace need to hold on for 15 more minutes... can they?
    • 105' Pogba looks to find the top corner with a curling effort from distance but that's miles over the bar.
    • 104' United are dominating possession inside the Palace half but the Eagles are defending superbly, with not gaps in their defence for the home side to exploit.
    • 103' Looks like it's going to be backs to the wall for Palace for the remaining two minutes of this first period. But the visitors are holding firm for now...
    • 102' Ambrose is determined to hog the headlines, isn't he?!
    • 101' Ambrose unleashes a swirling free-kick from all of 35 yards which has Amos at full stretch to palm away!
    • 100' A United corner is half-cleared and the ball drops from a height to Gibson, who doesn't catch his shot cleanly but sees it drift inches wide.
    • 99' GOAL! Palace regain the lead! Ambrose delivers a pin-point cross and Murray glances home to send the 5,000 travelling fans crazy!
    • 98' Zaha whips the ball past Park and is promptly brought down by the South Korean to give Palace a dangerous free-kick on the left flank.
    • 97' United win another corner which goes deep to Evans, who heads it back into the mixer but Palace promptly clear.
    • 95' Gibson cuts in and shifts the ball onto his left foot before unleashing a cracking shot which is deflected just wide.
    • 94' Morrison lays off for Macheda but Clyne nips in with a smart interception on the edge of his own box.
    • 93' Both sides have made all three substitutions so these are the 22 players who will end the game.
    • 92' Park picks up the ball and cuts inside past two players but sends his low shot harmlessly wide. There's been some very poor shooting on display tonight.
    • 91' Palace get the first period of exra-time off and running.
    • FT There goes the whistle - it's extra-time!
    • 90+2' Zaha steps in with an important interception to breakdown a United attack.
    • 90+1' There will be three minutes of added time. Three minutes to find a winner or we're heading into extra-time...
    • 90' Murray lashes a fierce shot into the side netting from the left corner of the box! It'd take something to beat Amos from there but it wasn't far away.
    • 89' Morrison drives forward from the middle of the park and, with the goal beckoning, drags his shot wide from just over 20 yards.
    • 88' Murray is booked after catching Smalling with a high foot.
    • 87' Macheda and McCarthy have a minor disagreement but it's soon sorted - with a handshake then a push - and we're back underway.
    • 86' Ambrose nearly finds Murray with a superb through-ball but Evans gets their first, only for Ambrose to win the ball back and shoot at Smalling.
    • 85' It's all Palace at the moment, with the visitors controlling possession and United struggling to get out of their own half, let alone carve out a winning attack.
    • 84' Park hesistates when clearing an Ambrose cross and that allows the ball to get through to Zaha, who wins a corner off the South Korean.
    • 83' McCarthy does well to nip in and clear after Macheda turned in the box. Palace break and McCarthy is there again to win a corner off Park.
    • 82' O'Keefe spreads the ball left to Zaha, who delivers a high ball to the back post which Ambrose heads tamely into the arms of Amos.
    • 81' We're into the last 10 minutes; this is where United can be so strong. Palace are holding firm for now, though.
    • 80' Diouf is flagged for offside.
    • 79' Zaha looks to break on the right but he's easily dispossessed by Pogba. Zaha's had a disappointing second half after a barnstorming first 45.
    • 78' Park is brought down by O'Keefe midway inside the Palace half but that at least gives the visitors the opportunity to get men behind the ball.
    • 77' Morrison moves the ball to Diouf on the left side of the box but his shot is miles over.
    • 75' Parr does well to keep and cool head and clear while under pressure at right back.
    • 74' PALACE SUB: Murray comes on for Easter. Both sides have used all their subs.
    • 73' Park moves forward with the ball at his feet and looks to make a pass in-field but needlessly gives the ball away.
    • 72' Parr delivers a teasing cross but it's straight into the grateful arms of Amos.
    • 71' Pogba gives the ball away to Parr, who bursts down the left and swings in a low cross but it's not close enough to Easter.
    • 70' We're in for a great last 20 minutes!
    • 69' GOAL! Macheda dusts himself off and coolly slots the spot-kick past Price. United are level!
    • 68' Penalty to United! Diouf does well to hold off two Palace defenders before moving the ball sideways to Macheda, who's pulled to the ground by McCarthy.
    • 67' United look to hit back right away but Pogba's shot from 25 yards is just over! It looks like that took a slight deflection off a Palace player but the ref didn't see it. Goal-kick.
    • 66' That really was an unbelievable strike by Ambrose!
    • 65' GOAL! Palace lead! And what a goal it is! Ambrose receives the ball in the middle of the park and unleashes an unstoppable shot from 35 yards which flies past Amos and into the top corner!
    • 65' Park moves to right back and Pogba slots into the midfield.
    • 64' UNITED SUB: Sir Alex makes his third and final change, with Rafael replaced by Pogba.
    • 63' Macheda is forced wide across the top of the box but still opts to shoot, only to send a hopeless left-footed shot well over the bar.
    • 62' Rafael is hobbling. Will the other Da Silva twin also be forced to come off?
    • 61' Fryers does well to wriggle free and find Morrison, but his attempted ball into the box is cut out by McCarthy.
    • 60' Morrison is slipped in but shoots straight at Price, who stands tall to make a great save with his feet!
    • 59' Valencia lets the ball run to Rafael but Parr slides in with a well-timed challenge to put the ball out for a throw-in.
    • 57' Valencia embarks on a great run and gets to the by-line and whips in low cross which evades the three waiting United players!
    • 56' Palace earn some respite until Ambrose loses possession with a loose pass intended for Easter.
    • 55' United have enjoyed 75 per cent of the possession so far in this second half...
    • 54' Morrison shifts the ball onto his right foot and unleashes a shot which stings the hands of Price, who gathers at the second attempt. United are knocking...
    • 53' Here's a stat for you... Palace haven't scored since their 2-0 triumph over Southampton in the previous round on October 25 - or six matches ago!
    • 52' Gardner gifts Valencia possession and the United midfielder breaks but puts his side-footed effort wide from 18 yards!
    • 51' Gibson swings in the cross but Evans mistimes his jump and the ball goes behind him and out for a Palace throw.
    • 50' Park breaks forward down the right channel but is brought down by Parr. That'll give Gibson the chance to whip in a cross.
    • 49' There's certainly more of spring in United's step and Gibson looks to have a shot at goal but has the power taken out of his effort by a heavy deflection.
    • 48' Remember, this tie has to be decided tonight, so extra-time and penalties is it's still level after 90 minutes.
    • 47' Morrison was expected to make his first start for United this evening but had to make do with a spot on the bench. The 18-year-old has his chance to shine now, though.
    • 46' Palace get the second half underway...
    • - Two subs at the break. Berbatov makes way for Morrison for United, while the injured Moxey is replaced by Ambrose for the visitors.
    • HT The referee blows up for half-time and it's Manchester United 0-0 Crystal Palace at the break.
    • 45+3' Moxey was also involved there, jumping to meet the cross is Price missed, and the Palace man looks to have twisted his knee and is off the pitch receiving treatment.
    • 45+2' Palace goalkeeper Price rises superbly to gather a high cross at full stretch with two United players challenging.
    • 45+1' There will be two minutes of added time at the end of this first half.
    • 45' PALACE SUB: The injured Scannell is replaced by Parr.
    • 44' Scannell's failed to fully recover from his previous know and the Palace physio's back on the pitch. No doubt Scannell's night's over this time.
    • 43' Rafael does well to intercept and launch a United counter-attack. Valencia chips in a cross from the byline but it's behind Diouf and the 23-year-old's acrobatic goes over.
    • 42' This has been an excellent first half from Palace but Amos has had little to do in the United goal and you fear the hosts will begin to go through the gears as the game wears on.
    • 41' Rafael chips in a cross to Macheda, who misjudges it slightly and inadvertently plays the ball onto his arm. Free-kick.
    • 40' This is United's best spell so far, keeping the ball with relatively ease while looking to unpick the Palace defence.
    • 39' Fryers makes his first foray forward from left-back but overhits his cross. United regain possession but a loose pass by Macheda into the legs of Scannell hands Palace the ball.
    • 38' UNITED SUB: Fabio looks to have tweaked his hamstring and makes way for Fryers. That means Zaha has a new target...
    • 37' A loose ball falls to Scannell but his speculative 25-yard shot drifts harmlessly wide.
    • 36' Palace look to patiently build an attack, looking to pick the right pass, but there's no way through the United defence.
    • 35' A push on Clyne by Macheda hands Palace a free-kick midway inside the United half. Scannell's shaken off his injury and returns to the action.
    • 33' Scannell hobbles off and it looks like his night could be over...
    • 32' Scannell takes a tumble and stays down. He'll need treatment.
    • 31' United win a throw-in near the corner flag but a pathetic foul throw from Diouf means any potential threat is immediately null and void.
    • 30' Zaha loves a trick, this time skipping inside past Park but losing control of the ball. No doubt he's the danger man.
    • 29' Fabio slides in late on Zaha and the United full-back is the first player to go into the book after a series of fouls.
    • 28' Valencia plays Rafael in down the right with a wonderful through-ball and Macheda's inches away from connecting with the drilled-in cross.
    • 27' The corner's swung in but Zaha fouls to give United a free-kick.
    • 26' Scannell moves the ball onto his right foot and unleashes a shot from the edge of the box which Evans blocks well for a corner.
    • 25' Berbatov's off the pitch receiving treatment for a knock as the game continues.
    • 24' Dougie Freedman is calmly sitting in the dugout, happy to let his Palace players get on with the job in hand. They're doing a decent job so far.
    • 23' Berbatov gets up well to meet a long ball but the Bulgarian used his arms to climb on McCarthy and the referee blows up for a foul.
    • 22' Zaha's had an excellent 22 minutes but has lacked the composure in the final third to trouble United keeper Amos.
    • 21' Zaha receives the ball with his back to goal and turns, pushing into the area but shooting well over under pressure from Smalling.
    • 20' Valencia exchanges passes with Macheda on the edge of the box before finding Berbatov, who has to stretch to meet the ball and can only put his shot wide.
    • 19' Smalling meets the corner but it's comfortably saved by Price.
    • 18' Berbatov skips past Moxey on the right before United shift the ball across the park to Gibson, who unleashes a trademark shot which is deflected out for a corner.
    • 17' Replays show that challenge was outside the box but there's no doubt Fabio made contact with Zaha.
    • 16' Penalty?! No, the referee waves away Zaha's appeal after Fabio looked to have pushed the Palace man to the ground!
    • 14' Zaha tries to turn Fabio on the halfway line but is brought down to give Palace a free-kick.
    • 13' United and Palace also met in the Carling Cup in 04/05, with the hosts running out 2-0 winners.
    • 12' Fabio looks to play in Diouf with a high ball but Moxey heads clear.
    • 11' These two sides last met when Palace were a Premier League side in 2004/2005, with United winning 5-2 at home before a 0-0 draw at Selhurst Park.
    • 10' Scannell pushes down the left but is forced backwards. Palace rebuild and Wright tries to slide a ball into Easter but the pass goes beyond the Eagles striker.
    • 9' Berbatov is off balance rising to meet the corner and Palace get the ball away but only to Rafael, who drags his shot horribly wide.
    • 8' Macheda works a yard of space to get to the by-line and stands up a cross which is headed clear for a corner.
    • 7' Smalling is on hand to head away but Palace are back on the ball with Clyne.
    • 6' This may be a much-changed United side but it still boasts nine internationals.
    • 5' A lofted ball over the top sees Easter get behind Evans but Smalling moves across to clear for a corner.
    • 4' Palace are refusing to give United too much respect and are getting in their host's faces. Scannell receives the ball on the left side of the box but has his cross blocked and United clear.
    • 3' That was a glimpse of what Zaha can do, even if the end product was lacking; the 19-year-old forward is extremely highly rated at Selhurst Park.
    • 2' United win an early corner, but Gibson fails to beat the first man with his cross and it's headed away. Zaha at pace for Palace but slices his shot miles high and wide from the edge of the box.
    • 1' And we're off! Manchester United get the game underway...
    • 19:45 Both teams are out but we'll have a minute's applause before kick-off in memory of Gary Speed.
    • 19:40 So Sir Alex Ferguson makes 10 changes, with Fabio the only survivor from the Saturday's 0-0 draw with Newcastle United. Still, it's a strong side with every player bar goalkeeper Ben Amos having appeared in the Premier League. Emerging talents Morrison and Pogba have to settle for places on the bench. Palace boss Dougie Freedman makes five changes to the side that drew 0-0 with south London rivals Millwall at the weekend.
    • 19:35 Manchester United: Amos, Rafael, Evans, Smalling, Fabio, Valencia, Gibson, Park, Diouf, Berbatov, Macheda… Subs: Lindegaard, Morrison, Pogba, Cole, Fryers, M Keane, Lingard /// Crystal Palace: Price, Clyne, Wright, McCarthy, Gardner, Dikgacoi, Scannell, Zaha, Easter, Moxey, O'Keefe… Subs: Speroni, Parr, Ambrose, Iversen, Jedinak, Murray, Ramage
    • 19:30 Alex Ferguson speaking earlier: "The youngsters have taken part in a lot of first-team training now. [Ravel] Morrison, [Paul] Pogba, [Larnell] Cole, [Jesse] Lingard and [Zeki] Fryers: we've stepped them up to our squad. They enjoy the challenge and it's an opportunity for us to see what they're like in these sessions, how they cope with the older players."
    • 19:25 Word is that both Morrison and Pogba are on the bench for United - not starting as expected. Still no official team news, however. So while we're waiting for that, let me know your predictions in the comments section below.
    • 19:20 Ravel Morrison and Paul Pogba are both in the running for their first senior starts for United, with Sir Alex Ferguson expected to name a heavily changed side.
    • 19:15 Palace manager Dougie Freedman faces a selection quandary, with tonight's tie just 48 hours before his side host Derby in the Championship on Friday night. Freedman admits there is no way he can play the same side with the games so close together.
    • 19:10 Incidentally, Steve Bruce was part of the Man Utd starting line-up for both games and the former defender was sacked as Sunderland boss this evening.
    • 19:05 We'll bring you the team news as soon as we have it but first let's cast our minds back to one particular meeting between these two sides - the 1990 FA Cup Final; a 3-3 epic after extra time which in those days meant a replay and Lee Martin scored the only goal to secure Sir Alex Ferguson's first major trophy as boss - and he hasn't looked back since!
    • 19:00 Welcome to LIVE text commentary of the Carling Cup quarter final between Premier League giants Manchester United and Championship side Crystal Palace at Old Trafford.
  • Summary

    • 119' Valencia chips in a cross which is headed goalwards but Gardner hooks away from almost underneath his own crossbar!
    • 101' Ambrose unleashes a swirling free-kick from all of 35 yards which has Amos at full stretch to palm away!
    • 100' A United corner is half-cleared and the ball drops from a height to Gibson, who doesn't catch his shot cleanly but sees it drift inches wide.
    • 99' GOAL! Palace regain the lead! Ambrose delivers a pin-point cross and Murray glances home to send the 5,000 travelling fans crazy!
    • 95' Gibson cuts in and shifts the ball onto his left foot before unleashing a cracking shot which is deflected just wide.
    • 90' Murray lashes a fierce shot into the side netting from the left corner of the box! It'd take something to beat Amos from there but it wasn't far away.
    • 69' GOAL! Macheda dusts himself off and coolly slots the spot-kick past Price. United are level!
    • 68' Penalty to United! Diouf does well to hold off two Palace defenders before moving the ball sideways to Macheda, who's pulled to the ground by McCarthy.
    • 67' United look to hit back right away but Pogba's shot from 25 yards is just over! It looks like that took a slight deflection off a Palace player but the ref didn't see it. Goal-kick.
    • 65' GOAL! Palace lead! And what a goal it is! Ambrose receives the ball in the middle of the park and unleashes an unstoppable shot from 35 yards which flies past Amos and into the top corner!
    • 60' Morrison is slipped in but shoots straight at Price, who stands tall to make a great save with his feet!
    • 54' Morrison shifts the ball onto his right foot and unleashes a shot which stings the hands of Price, who gathers at the second attempt. United are knocking...
    • 52' Gardner gifts Valencia possession and the United midfielder breaks but puts his side-footed effort wide from 18 yards!
    • 43' Rafael does well to intercept and launch a United counter-attack. Valencia chips in a cross from the byline but it's behind Diouf and the 23-year-old's acrobatic goes over.
    • 20' Valencia exchanges passes with Macheda on the edge of the box before finding Berbatov, who has to stretch to meet the ball and can only put his shot wide.
    • 16' Penalty?! No, the referee waves away Zaha's appeal after Fabio looked to have pushed the Palace man to the ground!
    • 19:35 Manchester United: Amos, Rafael, Evans, Smalling, Fabio, Valencia, Gibson, Park, Diouf, Berbatov, Macheda… Subs: Lindegaard, Morrison, Pogba, Cole, Fryers, M Keane, Lingard /// Crystal Palace: Price, Clyne, Wright, McCarthy, Gardner, Dikgacoi, Scannell, Zaha, Easter, Moxey, O'Keefe… Subs: Speroni, Parr, Ambrose, Iversen, Jedinak, Murray, Ramage

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