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Man Utd   2 - 0   Tottenham

Darron Gibson scores both goals as Manchester United beat Tottenham at Old Trafford to reach the Carling Cup semi-finals

Man Utd 2-0 Tottenham

By Phil McNulty
Chief football writer at Old Trafford

Darron Gibson stated an eloquent case for Manchester United's young brigade by scoring twice to send the holders into the Carling Cup semi-final at the expense of Spurs at Old Trafford.

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson had reacted angrily to criticism levelled at his emerging stars after the defeat against Besiktas that ended their 23-game unbeaten home record in the Champions League.

Ferguson launched a passionate defence of his home-grown products and gave them another chance to impress against Spurs - and 22-year-old Gibson was the star of the show as United saw off Harry Redknapp's side in a repeat of last season's Wembley final.

Gibson opened the scoring with an early long-range finish, then produced an even more spectacular effort just before half-time to put United into the last four on a rain-sodden Old Trafford night.

Spurs' challenge fizzled out after a bright start, with United defender Nemanja Vidic providing experience and a formidable barrier on the rare occasions when the Londoners did threaten.

Jermain Defoe and David Bentley tested Tomasz Kuszczak, again preferred to England keeper Ben Foster in goal, but Spurs went down tamely once United had established a two-goal cushion at the interval.

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United's reshaped side almost took the lead inside two minutes when Anderson's shot fizzed narrowly wide with Spurs keeper Heurelho Gomes well beaten.

Spurs produced a lively response, with Defoe forcing Kuszczak into a save from the edge of the area, but it was United who made the breakthrough after 16 minutes.

Anderson won possession on the left flank and set up Gibson with an inviting pass which the midfield man drilled low beyond Gomes into the bottom corner.

Another United youngster, Ritchie de Laet, made a crucial contribution as Spurs swiftly attempted to restore parity, making a vital block when it seemed certain Defoe would equalise.

The importance of that interception was underlined when Gibson demonstrated his quality again to double United's lead seven minutes before the interval.

The Irishman was involved in a slick exchange with Danny Welbeck before curling a precise 20-yard finish high and out of the reach of the despairing Gomes.

And Spurs, who actually had the better of the exchanges in the first 20 minutes, almost conceded a third on the stroke of half-time when the promising Gabriel Obertan rolled the perfect cross into the path of Dimitar Berbatov, but the former Spurs striker did not react quickly enough and the opportunity was wasted.

Spurs boss Redknapp made a change at half-time, sending on Tom Huddlestone for the subdued Wilson Palacios.

And they were almost back in the game after 57 minutes when Gareth Bale set up Bentley, but his shot was too close to Kuszczak and he parried the effort to safety.

Bentley then arrived at the far post to get on the end of another Bale cross, but he could only direct his header into the side-netting.

United boss Ferguson then made a double change, sending on Michael Carrick and Federico Macheda for Obertan and Berbatov, while Spurs counterpart Redknapp responded by replacing the disappointing Keane with Peter Crouch.

It was too late to make any difference as United survived without any anxious moments to move a step closer to another Wembley appearance.

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Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Carling Cup

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Man Utd 2-0 Tottenham FT
(HT 2-0)
  • Gibson 16
  • Gibson 38

    Man Utd

    Substitutes

    Tottenham

    Substitutes

    Ref: ClattenburgAtt: 57,212
    MAN UTD
    TOTTENHAM

    Possession

    • Man Utd 54%
    • Tottenham 46%

    Attempts on target

    • Man Utd 3
    • Tottenham 3

    Attempts off target

    • Man Utd 5
    • Tottenham 6

    Corners

    • Man Utd 5
    • Tottenham 7

    Fouls

    • Man Utd 12
    • Tottenham 8
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:30 The match has reached full-time.
    • 90:00+3:02 Peter Crouch has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
    • Correction - 90:00+1:16 Federico Macheda has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 90:00+1:16 Shot from just outside the box by Federico Macheda misses to the left of the target.
    • 87:59 Corner taken left-footed by Zoran Tosic, clearance by Michael Dawson.
    • 85:54 Peter Crouch has a headed effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
    • 82:31 Tom Huddlestone restarts play with the free kick.
    • 82:31 Booking The referee shows Darron Gibson a yellow card.
    • 82:24 Free kick awarded for a foul by Darron Gibson on Aaron Lennon.
    • 82:16 Ji-Sung Park produces a cross, save by Heurelho Gomes.
    • 81:19 Substitution Zoran Tosic comes on in place of Oliveira Anderson.
    • 80:43 A cross is delivered by Alan Hutton, clearance by Michael Carrick.
    • 79:53 Michael Carrick takes the direct free kick.
    • 79:53 Booking Alan Hutton shown a yellow card.
    • 79:46 Foul by Alan Hutton on Danny Welbeck, free kick awarded.
    • 77:55 The free kick is swung in left-footed by Gareth Bale, clearance made by Wes Brown.
    • 77:55 Booking Ritchie De Laet receives a caution.
    • 77:48 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ritchie De Laet on Aaron Lennon.
    • 76:02 David Bentley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Federico Macheda. Michael Carrick takes the direct free kick.
    • 73:32 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by David Bentley.
    • 72:57 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by David Bentley, clearance by Nemanja Vidic.
    • 69:07 David Bentley fouled by Ritchie De Laet, the ref awards a free kick. David Bentley crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Darron Gibson.
    • 68:13 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jermain Defoe on Nemanja Vidic. Free kick taken by Tomasz Kuszczak.
    • 67:42 Shot from just outside the area by Ji-Sung Park misses to the left of the target.
    • 67:12 Corner taken left-footed by Oliveira Anderson.
    • 67:06 The ball is sent over by Danny Welbeck, Alan Hutton makes a clearance.
    • 66:14 Ji-Sung Park fouled by Gareth Bale, the ref awards a free kick. Michael Carrick restarts play with the free kick.
    • 65:05 Substitution Peter Crouch is brought on as a substitute for Robbie Keane.
    • 64:49 A cross is delivered by Gareth Bale, David Bentley has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.
    • 63:36 Robbie Keane fouled by Wes Brown, the ref awards a free kick. Jermaine Jenas restarts play with the free kick.
    • 63:08 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jermain Defoe on Ritchie De Laet. Direct free kick taken by Ritchie De Laet.
    • 61:47 Substitution (Man Utd) makes a substitution, with Michael Carrick coming on for Gabriel Obertan.
    • 61:47 Substitution Dimitar Berbatov goes off and Federico Macheda comes on.
    • 58:00 Foul by Alan Hutton on Oliveira Anderson, free kick awarded. Tomasz Kuszczak takes the direct free kick.
    • 57:34 David Bentley takes a shot. Brilliant save by Tomasz Kuszczak.
    • 55:50 Darron Gibson challenges Jermaine Jenas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tom Huddlestone.
    • 54:55 Corner taken by David Bentley from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Ritchie De Laet.
    • 48:38 Unfair challenge on Ji-Sung Park by Jermain Defoe results in a free kick. Ritchie De Laet takes the direct free kick.
    • 48:17 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Oliveira Anderson played to the near post.
    • 48:00 Dimitar Berbatov takes a shot. Sebastien Bassong gets a block in.
    • 45:47 Corner taken right-footed by Darron Gibson to the near post, Gareth Bale makes a clearance.
    • 45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
    • 45:01 Substitution Tom Huddlestone replaces Wilson Palacios.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:20 The ref blows to end the first period.
    • 44:35 David Bentley produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.
    • 43:17 Shot from just outside the penalty box by Wilson Palacios misses to the left of the target.
    • 42:59 Short corner worked by David Bentley.
    • 39:48 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Oliveira Anderson from the right by-line to the near post, Gareth Bale manages to make a clearance.
    • 39:43 Centre by Oliveira Anderson, clearance made by Michael Dawson.
    • 37:59 Assist on the goal came from Danny Welbeck.
    • 37:59 GOAL - Darron GibsonMan Utd 2 - 0 Tottenham Darron Gibson finds the net with a goal from just outside the area to the top right corner of the goal. Man Utd 2-0 Tottenham.
    • 37:18 Ritchie De Laet produces a cross.
    • 36:31 Oliveira Anderson concedes a free kick for a foul on Aaron Lennon. Gareth Bale takes the direct free kick.
    • 35:17 The ball is crossed by David Bentley.
    • 33:34 Aaron Lennon is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Tomasz Kuszczak.
    • 33:03 Effort from deep inside the area by Ji-Sung Park misses to the left of the target.
    • 32:54 The ball is sent over by Gabriel Obertan, clearance by Alan Hutton.
    • 29:15 Ritchie De Laet challenges David Bentley unfairly and gives away a free kick. David Bentley takes the direct free kick.
    • 22:43 Ritchie De Laet concedes a free kick for a foul on David Bentley. Free kick crossed by David Bentley.
    • 21:22 Oliveira Anderson challenges Aaron Lennon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gareth Bale takes the direct free kick.
    • 20:10 Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Ritchie De Laet gets a block in.
    • 17:49 Ritchie De Laet handles the ball and concedes a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by David Bentley from right wing, Gary Neville makes a clearance.
    • 17:19 David Bentley takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Dimitar Berbatov makes a clearance.
    • 17:12 The ball is delivered by Aaron Lennon, clearance made by Ritchie De Laet.
    • 16:52 Wes Brown gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Robbie Keane. Jermaine Jenas restarts play with the free kick.
    • 15:55 The assist for the goal came from Oliveira Anderson.
    • 15:55 GOAL - Darron GibsonMan Utd 1 - 0 Tottenham Darron Gibson gets on the score sheet with a goal from outside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man Utd 1-0 Tottenham.
    • 15:13 Foul by Gary Neville on Aaron Lennon, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by David Bentley.
    • 12:24 Jermaine Jenas produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
    • 9:27 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Wes Brown by Jermain Defoe. Free kick taken by Wes Brown.
    • 7:59 Inswinging corner taken by David Bentley, save by Tomasz Kuszczak.
    • 6:51 Free kick awarded for a foul by Dimitar Berbatov on Gareth Bale. Free kick taken by Sebastien Bassong.
    • 6:18 Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Save by Tomasz Kuszczak.
    • 5:17 Short corner taken by David Bentley from the left by-line.
    • 5:09 Aaron Lennon produces a cross, Nemanja Vidic manages to make a clearance.
    • 4:16 The referee penalises Gary Neville for handball. Indirect free kick taken by Gareth Bale.
    • 3:07 Darron Gibson has a shot on goal from long range that goes wide left.
    • 0:51 Oliveira Anderson produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.
    • 0:00 The game begins.

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    see also
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