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21/09/2011 11:00

Papers: Reds expose Leeds

Simon Hart writes in The Independent...

Owen double shows gulf between two Uniteds
The local Yorkshire Evening Post had produced a 12-page pull-out for this fixture recalling past cup meetings between these old rivals but even Jermaine Beckford's FA Cup winner at Old Trafford two seasons ago felt sepia-tinged last night as Manchester United swatted their old rivals aside with embarrassing ease. Sir Alex Ferguson might have changed entirely his United starting XI from that which beat Chelsea on Sunday but they still overwhelmed Simon Grayson's Championship side. After the exploits of Ferguson's young guns in totting up five straight Premier League victories, it was left to the Scot's thirtysomethings, Michael Owen and Ryan Giggs, to steer United through this potentially awkward-looking Carling Cup third-round tie. Owen, on his first outing this season, had struck twice by the 32nd minute before Giggs killed off Leeds with a third on the stroke of half-time as the defensive shortcomings that undermined the home side's promotion push last spring were brutally exposed.

Elsewhere, The Guardian says Andre Villas Boas has made an official complaint to Mike Riley, head of the Barclays Premier League match officials, regarding United’s first two goals against Chelsea at Old Trafford. The Stamford Bridge boss believes both efforts were offside and has criticised the performance of the two linesmen during the Reds 3-1 win.

The Sun claims Javier Hernandez is fit to face Stoke City on Saturday, despite the Mexican forward suffering an ankle injury as a result of a dangerous tackle from Ashley Cole.

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