Carling Cup holders, Manchester United, traveled away to Scunthorpe without manager Sir Alex, the latter preferring to go follow Valencia FC in Spain as United will face them in their next Champions League match, and it was Phelan who took charge of the game, with the squad rotated as the likes of Berbatov, Rooney and so on were given a rest. Manchester United won 5-2 in the end but it was not an easy game despite the flattering scoreline.
Scunthorpe looked more lively in the opening, and deservedly scored on the 19 minute through Wright. But the Red Devils got back in the game against the run of play as Gibson scored on the 23rd minute from a beautiful lob. Scunthorpe should have then scored at the other end, but missed, and Smalling made them pay with a 36th minute goal. Kuszczak was under pressure as Scunthorpe continued to press but it ended 2-1 in the Red Devils favor at half time. The second half barely started that Owen found the net on the 49th minute, and Park scored as well on the 54th minute to give Man Utd some breathing space as Scunthorpe continued to look menacing. Owen then sealed the game on the 71st minute with a fifth, but Scunthorpe’s Woolford reduced the deficit on the 90th minute to 5-2. Scunthorpe were unlucky at the end of the day, as they had created many chances but the finish let them down sometimes, and also Kuszczak was vigilant to repel their efforts time and again.
In other games, Chelsea lost at home to Newcastle, 3-4, with Anelka’s late penalty not saving the Blues, as Ameobi struck on the 90th minute to seal the win for the Toons. Another shock came from Anfield, where Liverpool lost to Northampton 2-4 after penalties, with the match ending 2-2 after extra-time. Manchester City also lost against West Brom, 2-1 in the Baggies’ favor, piling some more pressure on City’s manager Mancini.