Capital One Cup: Manchester United, Liverpool Take Down EPL Opponents

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistSeptember 26, 2012

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 26:  Anderson of Manchester United is congratulated by Darren Fletcher after scoring the opening goal during the Capital One Cup Third Round match between Manchester United and Newcastle United at Old Trafford on September 26, 2012 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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On Wednesday, the final six matches of the Capital One Cup's third round took place, with English Premier League clubs involved in every match.

In the three matches involving two EPL clubs, Manchester United, Liverpool and Reading came out as winners.

Manchester United welcomed back forward Wayne Rooney from injury with a 2-1 victory over Newcastle United at Old Trafford.

Rooney did not score in his return, but he did put in a strong shift in 76 minutes before being replaced by Nick Powell.

United's goal scorers on the day were Anderson in the 44th minute and Tom Cleverley in the 58th minute.

Newcastle were able to attempt a comeback, as Papiss Cisse scored one minute after entering the match in the 62nd minute, but that was all the Magpies could manage to get past United keeper David de Gea.

Liverpool were also 2-1 winners on Wednesday, as they defeated West Brom on the road.

Nuri Sahin was the hero of the day for the Reds, as he recorded a double after the club went down by a goal early.

Sahin scored an equalizer in the 17th minute after Gabriel Tamas put the Baggies ahead early in the third minute.

The Turkish international completed the Liverpool comeback in the 82nd minute with his second goal.

In the victory, the Reds made history, as 16-year-old Jerome Sinclair became the youngest player to play for the Liverpool senior side when he came on for Samed Yesil in the 81st minute.

Reading won the other all-EPL match over Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road, 3-2.

The Royals scored twice in five minutes during the second half to earn a victory on the road.

Nicky Shorey's 76th-minute goal tied the match at two goals each before Pavel Pogrebnyak scored five minutes later to win the match.

Arsenal were the biggest winners on Wednesday, as they easily beat Coventry City, 6-1, at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners had five different players score in the match, including Olivier Giroud, who opened the scoring in the 39th minute. Goals were added by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Andrei Arshavin, Ignasi Miquel and Theo Walcott (two).

Arsenal's North London rivals, Tottenham, won on the road at League One side Carlisle United.

Spurs won 3-0 with goals from Jan Vertonghen, Andros Townsend and Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Norwich City were the other club to win on the day with a 1-0 victory over Doncaster Rovers that was powered by a 26th-minute Alexander Tettey goal.

The six winners from Wednesday join the 10 winners from Tuesday's third-round matches in the fourth round.