Reds' Road To Wembley
Carling Cup Third Round
23 September 2009, Old Trafford
WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS 0
United: Kuszczak, Neville, Brown, J Evans, Fabio Da Silva, Carrick, Gibson, Nani, Owen (Valencia 69), Welbeck (King 81), Macheda (de Laet 31). Subs not used: Ferdinand, Tosic, Amos, Eikrem.
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After the Lord Mayor's show? Fortunately United did not slip up three days after the euphoric 4-3 win over Manchester City and opened the Carling Cup defence against Wolverhampton Wanderers with a superb second-half goal from Danny Welbeck.
The young striker provided the outstanding moment of quality in a largely bitty affair, with a crisp finish in the 66th minute following a pass from derby winner Michael Owen.
Clear-cut chances were otherwise at a premium in a tie spoiled by United full-back Fabio's red card. The Brazilian was sent off after 30 minutes for hauling down Michael Kightly when he was the last man, and Sir Alex sacrificed Kiko Macheda to reinforce his back four with substitute Ritchie De Laet. The boss remarked, "It was difficult for Danny when we went down to 10 men, but the goal tells you everything about his quality."
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