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Man Utd   3 - 2   Wolverhampton

Manchester United v Wolves

Man Utd 3-2 Wolves

By Jonathan Stevenson

Javier Hernandez came off the bench to score a last-minute winner as holders Manchester United earned a Carling Cup quarter-final place at Wolves' expense.

Hernandez had only been on for eight minutes when he settled a thrilling tie by firing in off Wayne Hennessey.

Bebe had put United ahead on his first start with a deflected strike before George Elokobi headed in to equalise.

Park Ji-Sung lashed home to make it 2-1 but Kevin Foley's turn and low finish levelled again before Hernandez won it.

It was an exciting climax to the game but perhaps harsh on the visitors, who more than played their part in a second half of wonderful end-to-end football.

Yet it had all started so differently, with a first 45 minutes none of the 46,083 present will be in a hurry to remember.

As is their wont in the Carling Cup, both managers made changes to their line-ups, with United replacing their entire starting XI and Wolves bringing in seven new players.

It was immediately obvious that the players were not comfortable in each other's company as the first period passed by in a blur of misplaced passes, with wastefulness in possession a recurring theme.

Bebe was the best of the United bunch, the £7.4m summer signing trying to rid the game of its lethargy by testing Elokobi down the United right, one cross finding Federico Macheda only for the Italian to shoot tamely at Hennessey.

Wolves were similarly sluggish, with only Foley and Matt Jarvis down their right providing any sort of threat, but the half-time whistle was the best thing that could happen to the game.

It was a completely different contest after the break as both teams began playing with an urgency that had been badly lacking, chances soon coming thick and fast at either end.

United were the first to pour forward as Macheda curled over and then Park fired at the legs of Hennessey, but they went ahead when Bebe's shot from an angle on the right deflected cruelly off Elokobi and looped over Hennessey, with Foley narrowly failing to head the ball off the line.

Wolves had not scored at Old Trafford since February 1980 but they were not to be denied this time, and after Fabio brilliantly deflected Stephen Hunt's goalbound drive over the bar, the visitors equalised when Elokobi nodded in the resulting corner.

Kevin Foley scores for Wolves
Foley squeezes his shot in to get Wolves level at 2-2

It was the full-back's first goal for the club and Wolves were suddenly flying, Hunt clipping the top of the bar with his left-foot shot after a run and cross down the left from the excellent Jarvis.

The game had opened up to a dramatic degree, so it was no real surprise when the teams exchanged goals once more, both efforts superbly crafted.

United went ahead again when Park burst forward from midfield and after an unwitting touch from Steven Mouyokolo, the South Korean slammed into the corner, before Steven Fletcher's cheeky flick teed up Foley to shoot low beyond United keeper Ben Amos, making only his second start for the club.

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Wolves went perilously close to taking the lead when Sylvan Ebanks-Blake saw his ferocious left-foot drive from 18 yards fly only inches past Amos's right-hand post, but it was United's new hero Hernandez who once again had the last word.

Fresh from his two-goal match-winning display in the Premier League at Stoke on Sunday, Hernandez collected Darron Gibson's pass and fired in via Hennessey's body to win it in the dying stages.

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Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Carling Cup

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Man Utd 3-2 Wolves FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Tiago Bebe 56
  • Park Ji-Sung 70
  • Hernandez 90
  • Elokobi 60
  • Foley 76

Man Utd

Substitutes

Wolverhampton

Substitutes

Ref: JonesAtt: 46,083
MAN UTD
WOLVES

Possession

  • Man Utd 54%
  • Wolves 46%

Attempts on target

  • Man Utd 10
  • Wolves 7

Attempts off target

  • Man Utd 7
  • Wolves 9

Corners

  • Man Utd 4
  • Wolves 6

Fouls

  • Man Utd 12
  • Wolves 6
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+5:36 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
  • 90:00+4:02 Marcus Bent is ruled offside. Ben Amos takes the indirect free kick.
  • 90:00+4:02 Substitution Ji-Sung Park leaves the field to be replaced by Ravel Morrison.
  • 90:00+2:29 Kevin Foley produces a left-footed shot from long range that goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 89:24 Assist by Darron Gibson.
  • 89:24 GOAL - Javier HernandezMan Utd 3 - 2 Wolverhampton Javier Hernandez fires in a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man Utd 3-2 Wolverhampton.
  • 84:40 Substitution Kevin Doyle on for Matthew Jarvis.
  • 84:30 Effort from the edge of the area by Gabriel Obertan goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 83:50 Federico Macheda is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Kevin Foley.
  • 82:59 Gabriel Obertan takes a shot. Save made by Wayne Hennessey.
  • 81:58 Marcus Bent takes a shot. Ben Amos makes a save.
  • 79:54 Substitution (Man Utd) makes a substitution, with Javier Hernandez coming on for Tiago Bebe.
  • 79:54 Substitution Marcus Bent joins the action as a substitute, replacing Sylvan Ebanks-Blake.
  • 79:15 Short corner worked by Matthew Jarvis.
  • 78:29 The official flags Federico Macheda offside. Wayne Hennessey takes the free kick.
  • 77:49 Sylvan Ebanks-Blake produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
  • 75:42 Assist on the goal came from Steven Fletcher.
  • 75:42 GOAL - Kevin FoleyMan Utd 2 - 2 Wolverhampton Kevin Foley finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Man Utd 2-2 Wolverhampton.
  • 74:43 David Jones has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 73:23 Substitution Fabio Da Silva goes off and Gary Neville comes on.
  • 71:32 Darron Gibson takes a shot. Save made by Wayne Hennessey.
  • 69:50 GOAL - Ji-Sung ParkMan Utd 2 - 1 Wolverhampton Ji-Sung Park finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the area to the top right corner of the goal. Man Utd 2-1 Wolverhampton.
  • 69:26 Steven Fletcher is caught offside. Michael Carrick restarts play with the free kick.
  • 67:26 Steven Fletcher produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 66:43 Darron Gibson challenges Michael Mancienne unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Kevin Foley.
  • 66:43 Booking The referee cautions Darron Gibson for unsporting behaviour.
  • 65:00 The ball is delivered by Tiago Bebe, Close range shot by Federico Macheda goes over the bar.
  • 63:51 Steven Fletcher takes a shot and went wide left of the target.
  • 62:56 Ji-Sung Park produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.
  • 62:12 Stephen Hunt takes a shot.
  • 59:24 Corner taken by David Jones, assist on the goal came from David Jones.
  • 59:24 GOAL - George ElokobiMan Utd 1 - 1 Wolverhampton George Elokobi fires in a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. Man Utd 1-1 Wolverhampton.
  • 58:55 Stephen Hunt takes a shot. Blocked by Fabio Da Silva.
  • 58:05 Centre by Matthew Jarvis.
  • 55:25 Assist on the goal came from Gabriel Obertan.
  • 55:25 GOAL - Tiago BebeMan Utd 1 - 0 Wolverhampton Tiago Bebe finds the back of the net with a goal from deep inside the penalty box high into the middle of the goal. Man Utd 1-0 Wolverhampton.
  • 55:03 Sylvan Ebanks-Blake takes a shot. Chris Smalling gets a block in.
  • 54:23 Darron Gibson takes the inswinging corner, save made by Wayne Hennessey.
  • 54:09 Ji-Sung Park takes a shot. Save made by Wayne Hennessey.
  • 52:16 Unfair challenge on Tiago Bebe by Michael Mancienne results in a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Darron Gibson, save made by Wayne Hennessey.
  • 51:29 Federico Macheda produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.
  • 50:15 Christophe Berra fouled by Federico Macheda, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Christophe Berra.
  • 49:38 Stephen Hunt delivers the ball.
  • 48:27 Matthew Jarvis sends in a cross, Effort from deep inside the area by Steven Fletcher misses to the left of the target.
  • 46:43 Michael Carrick produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 45:01 The second half has started.


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