Carling Cup 2010 winners: Manchester United

Wayne Rooney was decisive yet again for Man Utd as he came on as a substitute in the first half for this final, and he was on the scoresheet in the second half to gift United their first trophy for this season. In the end Aston Villa had to bow out with a 2-1 scoreline in United’s favor.

This match however started with a big surprise as stated above, it was Owen and Berbatov leading the front lines for United, while Rooney was left on the bench. The game started well for both teams, and it was the Villains who got the first opportunity to score, when Vidic, making his comeback in the starting 11, brought down Agbonlahor in the box on the 5th minute. Milner took charge of the resulting penalty, and he did not falter against Kuszczak. Berbatov slipped and missed a chance as United tried to respond quickly, while Downing also threatened at the other end.

The equalizer eventually came for United, as Berbatov was tackled by Dunne, but the ball fell kindly for Owen who slotted home past Friedel. Game on, as both teams exploded to life to get one on each other, but failing in the process however. Owen suffered  a setback on the 42nd minute, as he appeared to pull his hamstring, and he limped off the field, replaced by an unsual substitute, Rooney.

The second half started with the same pace as the first, and both teams gave everything they had to try go ahead. The winner eventually came for United on the 74th minute, as yet again Valencia crossed a beauty, which was met by Rooney, whose header gave no chance to Friedel and stunned the Villains. Rooney could have repeated the same scenario again some minutes later, but his header was denied by the post with Friedel beaten. United held on for the remaining minutes of the game and exploded with joy when the ref blew the final whistle on the 95th minute.