Wayne Rooney came to Man Utd’s rescue in added time to secure a late passport for the Carling Cup final as Man Utd saw off rival neighbors Man City at Old Trafford for the return leg of the semi-final held last night, by a score of 3-1, 4-3 on aggregate. The match was on the brink of going into extra time but fate and Rooney decided otherwise and sent United onto cloud nine.
United were the better side of the night, as City were more concentrating on defending their 2-1 first leg win, and although United dominated the first half, with some flurry on the other hand by Tevez and Bellamy, the scoreline was 0-0 at half time, thus preserving City’s advantage, but it could be seen that anytime this game could turn into United’s favor.
And so it was, with only seven minutes in the second half, Scholes broke the deadlock and leveled the score on aggregate, a goal which most fans at Old Trafford were eagerly waiting for. The goal came after a fine move by Giggs found Carrick, and the latter found Scholes, and the rest was history.
20 minutes later, Carrick scored the second, this time Nani provided a pass to Fletcher, who in turn laid it for Carrick to slot home with the help of the post, 2-0, 3-2 on aggregate, United were looking good to kill the game off. However, Tevez was once again out to haunt his former club, as minutes after Carrick scored, and Rooney missing the killer third, he was on target to send some doubt in the United camp. 2-1, 3-3 on aggregate, the scoreline was pointing towards extra time. It was however wrong of not knowing United’s never say die attitude, and indeed up popped Rooney to head home a cross from Giggs in added time to seal the win, and deny City the chance of appearing in a final since they last did in 1981.
United will now face Aston Villa on the 28th of February at Wembley, but also they will need to keep in mind that the Villains have already defeated them once in the league this season, and managed a 0-0 draw against Arsenal in midweek, so any dip in their performance could deny United their first trophy of the season, as the Villains have 2 danger men, namely Agbonlahor and Young, who are both gifted with amazing pace and some clinical finishing as well (may be one day they’ll play for United ).
Carlos Tevez has however shown that he was indeed worth that 30M pounds which Sir Alex hesitated to spend on him, as scoring 3 goals in 2 semi final clashes against United is a feat in itself, and with now Robinho loaned out, he will get more play time and in the process this spells more goals for him.
Elsewhere, matches in the Premier League were played on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, and Chelsea with a 3-0 win over Birmingham have reclaimed the top spot, and bets are becoming more interesting on which team will eventually win the title this season, and if you like to bet, check out this site: PuntersRealm