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Man Utd   1 - 0   Wolverhampton

By Sam Lyon

Man Utd v Wolves

Man Utd 1-0 Wolves

Danny Welbeck marked his first start of the season with the winning goal as 10-man Manchester United edged past Wolves into the Carling Cup fourth round.

The United youngster was set free by a superb Michael Owen pass and he slotted in to send the holders through.

That came after Fabio da Silva had seen red for a deliberate foul on Michael Kightly, who was clean through on goal.

But Wolves played their part in a fine game, David Jones and Kevin Doyle both forcing saves from Tomasz Kuszczak.

The Premier League new-boys lived up to their pre-match word that they would go for the victory at Old Trafford, despite not having won a top-flight match there in almost 30 years.

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But the game's one moment of true class told as United overcame the first hurdle of their defence of the trophy they won on penalties against Spurs last February.

Not that Sir Alex Ferguson ranks that as his greatest priority this season if his selection is anything to by, with the Scot selecting an entirely different XI to the one that started Sunday's derby win over Manchester City.

However, with eight full internationals on the pitch from the off, United had plenty of ammunition to hurt their visitors and Nani and Owen, in particular, took the game to the visitors early on.

Not that Wolves were overawed, and they were happy to throw numbers forward whenever possible, with Sylvan Ebanks-Blake going closer than anyone to breaking the deadlock when his shot from 20 yards dipped inches over the bar.

Fabio gets his marching orders
Fabio gets his marching orders after bringing Kightly down outside the box

It was an open contest, full of attacking verve, and one that looked to be heading Wolves' way when Fabio, having slipped, felled Kightly with his arm with the striker through on goal, earning the Brazilian an inevitable red card.

Jones forced a fine save from Kuszczak from the resulting free-kick, but ironically, it prompted United's best spell of the first half and Owen should have done better with a header six yards out from Gary Neville's cross.

A Neville error then let in Jones, only for the former Red Devil to clip well over with just Kuszczak to beat.

The pattern continued in the second half, with United pushing and probing but lacking quality in the final third, and Wolves occasionally threatening on the break.

That was until Welbeck's intervention, the young striker getting on the end of a superb clipped pass from Owen and slamming home to cap the move of the night.

Wolves responded by bringing on strike pair Doyle and Andy Keogh, and the former twice came close to a leveller.

First he brought a smart low save out of Kuszczak with a firm left-footed drive and he then hooked a snap-shot narrowly wide minutes later.

But despite largely dominating possession and territory as the match drew to a close, they could not force a breakthrough and United held on to make it six wins on the trot in all competitions.


Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson:
"You can't argue with the red card, but Fabio is only 18 and this experience will help him grow.

"Even before we went down to 10 men Wolves were a threat on the counter-attack, but for the last hour we kept our discipline and that was very pleasing. That never-say-die attitude runs through this club and the goal was of magnificent quality.

"Who do I want next? (Son Darren's side) Peterborough at home. All the family should be happy with that."

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy:
"My assessment was that we weren't good enough to win it - we've been sat down, patted on the head and sent on our way.

"Nice old Wolves, come up put on a show but don't upset the apple cart. It annoys me."

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Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Carling Cup

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Man Utd 1-0 Wolves FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Welbeck 66

    Man Utd

    Substitutes

    Wolverhampton

    Substitutes

    Ref: WaltonAtt: 51,160
    MAN UTD
    WOLVES

    Possession

    • Man Utd 48%
    • Wolves 52%

    Attempts on target

    • Man Utd 8
    • Wolves 4

    Attempts off target

    • Man Utd 7
    • Wolves 6

    Corners

    • Man Utd 3
    • Wolves 7

    Fouls

    • Man Utd 7
    • Wolves 10
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:28 The referee brings the game to a close.
    • 90:00+3:02 Long range shot by Ritchie De Laet goes wide right of the target.
    • Correction - 90:00+0:57 Darron Gibson takes a shot. Save made by Marcus Hahnemann.
    • 90:00+0:57 Darron Gibson takes a shot. Save by Marcus Hahnemann.
    • 90:00+0:50 Centre by Darron Gibson.
    • 90:00+0:15 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin Foley by Joshua King. Marcus Hahnemann takes the free kick.
    • 88:59 Short corner worked by Luis Nani.
    • 88:46 Joshua King takes a shot. Save made by Marcus Hahnemann.
    • 87:58 Kevin Doyle is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Tomasz Kuszczak.
    • 87:04 Shot from just outside the box by Kevin Doyle misses to the right of the goal.
    • 86:46 Joshua King takes a shot. Christophe Berra gets a block in.
    • 86:03 Kevin Doyle has an effort at goal from 12 yards. Save by Tomasz Kuszczak.
    • 85:32 Unfair challenge on George Elokobi by Antonio Valencia results in a free kick. Marcus Hahnemann takes the free kick.
    • 85:00 The ball is sent over by Nenad Milijas.
    • 84:35 Corner from the left by-line taken by Nenad Milijas, Joshua King makes a clearance.
    • 84:29 George Elokobi delivers the ball, Gary Neville gets a block in.
    • 83:43 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joshua King by Jody Craddock. Direct free kick taken by Jonathan Evans.
    • 83:20 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nenad Milijas by Darron Gibson. Christophe Berra restarts play with the free kick.
    • 81:59 Outswinging corner taken by Nenad Milijas from the left by-line.
    • 80:34 Substitution Joshua King joins the action as a substitute, replacing Danny Welbeck.
    • 79:13 Effort on goal by Kevin Doyle from inside the box misses to the right of the target.
    • 77:23 Centre by Andrew Keogh, save by Tomasz Kuszczak.
    • 76:27 George Elokobi takes the direct free kick.
    • 76:27 Substitution Andrew Keogh joins the action as a substitute, replacing Michael Kightly.
    • 76:27 Antonio Valencia concedes a free kick for a foul on Christophe Berra.
    • 75:33 Shot from just outside the box by Luis Nani misses to the right of the target.
    • 74:48 Kevin Doyle takes a shot. Save by Tomasz Kuszczak.
    • 72:39 Michael Kightly concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Carrick. Wes Brown restarts play with the free kick.
    • Correction - 71:25 Darron Gibson takes a shot. Marcus Hahnemann makes a save.
    • 71:25 Darron Gibson takes a shot. Save by Marcus Hahnemann.
    • Correction - 70:37 Kevin Doyle produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
    • 70:37 Effort on goal by Kevin Doyle from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
    • 68:35 Substitution Antonio Valencia on for Michael Owen.
    • 65:52 Assist by Michael Owen.
    • 65:52 GOAL - Danny WelbeckMan Utd 1 - 0 Wolverhampton Danny Welbeck gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Man Utd 1-0 Wolverhampton.
    • 65:02 Substitution Kevin Doyle comes on in place of Sylvan Ebanks-Blake.
    • 64:44 Luis Nani produces a cross.
    • 64:02 David Jones takes a inswinging corner.
    • 62:05 Centre by George Elokobi, clearance by Gary Neville.
    • 60:56 Luis Nani produces a cross, Kevin Foley makes a clearance.
    • Correction - 59:22 The ball is delivered by Gary Neville, Jody Craddock makes a clearance.
    • 59:22 The ball is crossed by Gary Neville, Jody Craddock manages to make a clearance.
    • 58:38 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Luis Nani, Stefan Maierhofer manages to make a clearance.
    • 58:17 Jody Craddock challenges Michael Owen unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ritchie De Laet restarts play with the free kick.
    • 57:17 Darron Gibson has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
    • 56:55 Free kick awarded for a foul by Luis Nani on George Elokobi. Direct free kick taken by George Elokobi.
    • 54:28 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luis Nani by George Elokobi. Direct free kick taken by Gary Neville.
    • 53:46 The referee blows for offside. Kevin Foley takes the free kick.
    • 53:26 Centre by George Elokobi, save by Tomasz Kuszczak.
    • 51:56 Corner taken by Michael Kightly, Christophe Berra has a header from close range and clears the crossbar.
    • 49:43 A cross is delivered by Darron Gibson, save by Marcus Hahnemann.
    • 48:26 Unfair challenge on Ritchie De Laet by Stefan Maierhofer results in a free kick. Ritchie De Laet takes the direct free kick.
    • 47:04 The assistant referee signals for offside against Michael Owen. Marcus Hahnemann takes the free kick.
    • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
    • 45:01 Substitution Segundo Castillo leaves the field to be replaced by Nenad Milijas.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:10 The players leave the pitch at half time.
    • 43:32 Effort on goal by David Jones from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 41:50 Corner taken by Michael Kightly.
    • 40:53 Stefan Maierhofer concedes a free kick for a foul on Wes Brown. Gary Neville restarts play with the free kick.
    • 39:43 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luis Nani by George Elokobi. Gary Neville takes the free kick. The official flags Danny Welbeck offside. Free kick taken by Marcus Hahnemann.
    • 39:17 Danny Welbeck takes a shot. Kevin Foley gets a block in.
    • 38:16 Darron Gibson takes a long range shot clearing the crossbar.
    • 37:57 Michael Carrick takes a shot. Christophe Berra gets a block in.
    • 34:56 George Elokobi fouled by Gary Neville, the ref awards a free kick. Marcus Hahnemann restarts play with the free kick.
    • 34:33 Short corner taken by Luis Nani from the right by-line.
    • 33:44 A cross is delivered by Gary Neville, Michael Owen takes a shot. Marcus Hahnemann makes a save.
    • 29:04 Corner from the left by-line taken by Michael Kightly, Foul by David Jones on Michael Owen, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Tomasz Kuszczak.
    • 29:04 Substitution Ritchie De Laet replaces Federico Macheda.
    • 29:04 Direct free kick taken by David Jones. David Jones takes a shot. Save made by Tomasz Kuszczak.
    • 29:04 Sent off Fabio Da Silva is sent off by the referee.
    • 28:48 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Kightly by Fabio Da Silva.
    • 25:11 Darron Gibson takes a shot from inside the box clearing the bar.
    • 22:51 David Jones takes a shot. Save made by Tomasz Kuszczak.
    • 21:06 The referee blows for offside against Michael Owen. Free kick taken by Marcus Hahnemann.
    • 19:08 Karl Henry is adjudged to have handled the ball. Shot on goal comes in from Luis Nani from the free kick, Jody Craddock gets a block in.
    • 18:37 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Wes Brown by Michael Kightly. Wes Brown restarts play with the free kick.
    • 17:38 Foul by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake on Wes Brown, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Tomasz Kuszczak.
    • 16:04 Shot from 20 yards from Luis Nani. Blocked by Christophe Berra.
    • 11:52 Sylvan Ebanks-Blake takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.
    • 8:49 Luis Nani sends in a cross, save by Marcus Hahnemann.
    • 4:51 Segundo Castillo is adjudged to have handled the ball. Darron Gibson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 3:20 The ball is delivered by Luis Nani, clearance by Jody Craddock.
    • 2:16 Centre by David Jones, clearance by Wes Brown.
    • 1:46 David Jones takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Darron Gibson manages to make a clearance.
    • 1:05 Michael Owen is caught offside. Marcus Hahnemann takes the direct free kick.
    • 0:00 The game gets underway.

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