Manchester United suffered a shock exit in the Carling Cup quarter-finals match last night at the expense of a heroic display by Crystal Palace, and Sir Alex even apologized to the fans after the match for the defeat. One trophy already off the list, and a hard battle is needed to stay in the others.
With 10 changes made, United still had Berbatov, Park, Valencia to add experience to a young looking team, but failed to impress in the first half (0-0). The second half saw Palace strike first, as Ambrose let fly a beautiful 35 yards shot, which gave Amos no chance (65th minute), while Gary Neville commented it was one of the best goals he’s seen at Old Trafford. United did get back in it four minutes later, as Macheda won a penalty, and dutifully scored from it, but the game went to extra time, and Palace showed more passion and eagerness than their red counterparts, and Murray headed in Ambrose’s freekick to seal the win on the 98th minute.
This result comes as no surprise to me however, given United’s recent form, where they have shown that the passion is indeed lacking in the squad, and also may be Sir Alex’s magic fading with time as well… Another exit could be looming soon, this time from the Champions League, as playing away to FC Basel would indeed be a herculean task, given they ripped apart our defence when they visited OT.