FOOTBALL NEWS

28/02/2010 18:00, Report by Matt Nichols

Reds savour cup victory

Wayne Rooney led the celebrations as the Reds retained the Carling Cup at Wembley on Sunday.

Rooney scored the winning goal which ensures the trophy stays in Manchester for another year.

“It’s a great feeling, we’re delighted," said Wayne. "I think we created the better chances in the game, but full credit to Villa, they played well today. It was a good final."

The striker has now scored 28 goals this season and is getting ever closer to matching Cristiano Ronaldo's best yield for a season of 42. But Wayne insisted, "The goal tally isn’t in my mind. If the goals come then that’s great but I’m focused more on winning medals."

United’s other goalscorer Michael Owen was chuffed at earning a first medal with United, but admitted that it was a bittersweet experience, given his withdrawal just before half-time due to a hamstring injury.

“It’s a bitter end to have limped off but it’s great that I played a big part in the win," said Owen. "Winning the cup is fantastic.”

Darren Fletcher was, as ever, a driving force in the Reds’ engine room. He said the players always kept their belief despite going behind early on.

“After going a goal doing early we had to get the ball down and keep believing in ourselves. Villa are a great team on the counter attack but we showed great courage to go and get the equaliser.

“We feel sorry for Michael Owen because he went off injured but he’s scored a goal that helped us win the cup. He’s played his part and went up to get his medal with everyone else. He’s played his part in the earlier rounds too.”

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