Carling Cup Final: Manchester United Vs Aston Villa

Daniel GoochAnalyst IApril 5, 2017

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Manchester United were once again in a cup final. This time Aston Villa were their opponents.

Before the game there were lots of green and yellow balloons littering the pitch, a sign to United's american owners.

From the very start of the game Aston Villa were pressing foward. They got a corner within the first minute.

They were pressing foward all the time, till Milner raced into the penatly box and was fouled by Vidic, who didn't recieve a card.

He then got up and scored the penalty himself after just 4 minutes.

After the opening goal United started to attack.

Ten minutes into the game, Michael Owen made a great run towards the Villa goal but was taken down by Collins, who was then booked. Carrick took the free kick which was awful and barely off the ground.

About 15 minutes gone, berbatov stole the ball from a defender but gets nudged off it. The ball then rolls to Owen who slots it into the corner of the net. With Capello watching, will this boost his chances for getting in the World Cup team?

The ball was going from one end to the other.

Milner had another chance to score, but his 18 yard drive stung the keepers hands and was pushed wide.

After a quater of the game, United stepped up the pressure, but couldn't get the ball past the keeper.

With the game still 1-1, Michael Owen pulled up with what looked like a hamstring injury. Then Sir Alex Ferguson put on one of the best subs you could think of .......

Wayne Rooney.

The last act of the first half was when Park stormed through 2 defenders, shot, but struck the inside of the post. It then pinballed round the box before it was cleared.


In the second half, the teams and the fans were more up beat.

It was still like the first half with end to end stuff.

Then after over an hour, Ronney connected with a cross and looped a header into the top corner fro 18 yards out. This is the 7th out of the last 8 of his goals scored with his head.

A few minutes later another good cross was met with yet another Rooney header, but this time it hit the inside of post.

Aston villa piled on pressure to equalise,but cross after cross was cleared.

In the last min of normal time Dunne shot just wide of the post. It could have kept them in the match.

Aston villa were still trying all the way up until the final whistle.



Manchester United win yet another trophy, and Sir Alex becomes the most decorated manager in the English and Scottish leagues.

As Capello was at the match, who could he be keeping his eye on?

Could Owen get a call up, or has he had his day playing for England?






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