Capital One Cup

September 20, 2011

Full-time

Leeds United

0 - 3

Manchester United

Capital One Cup

18:45 +00:00, September 20, 2011

Elland Road, England

Referee: Mike Jones

  • 92'

    A very, very one-sided game and a poor effort from Leeds really. Amos was hardly tested and United march on, although I doubt Fergie will use that CB pairing in the Premier League anytime soon.

  • 92'

    FULL-TIME. Leeds 0-3 Man Utd. The damage was done in the first half as Michael Owen rolled back the years with a brace. Giggs ended the contest and by the end of the game, Berbatov was playing centre-back.

  • 91'

    A chance for Leeds to get a goal, but Nunez is through and blasts his shot wide. Somehow, this United defence have kept a clean sheet and that's surely it?

  • 90'

    Two minutes left.. and Leeds want it over.

  • 89'

    Pogba loses the ball, but it's not long before United get it back again.

  • 88'

    A great clearing header there from Berbatov! Glanced behind for a corner.

  • 87'

    United counter and try to keep the ball, but it's incredible that they can play Berbatov there without Leeds taking advantage.

  • 85'

    The game just petering out. Leeds fans again voice up, but there's little for them to do.

  • 85'

    It's not actually making any difference by the way!

  • 83'

    Wonder what Rio and Vidic make of seeing this?

  • 83'

    I really can't believe what I'm seeing. So the defence at the moment is Fabio, Carrick, Berbatov, Valencia.

  • 83'

    United are down to ten men after taking off Fryers. Berbatov is playing at centre-back!!!

  • 81'

    Fryers has come off, limping a little.. a good debut for him.

  • 80'

    Pogba with another long ball, but Valencia is not able to get on the end of it.

  • 79'

    Fryers clears and it was Bromby's cross. He's done well, although has hardly been tested much.

  • 77'

    Pogba pours forward with the ball and tries to start something. Berbatov considered closing down his man, but then thought better of it and wandered off in the opposite direction.

  • 76'

    Macheda comes off, Larnell Cole comes on for United.

  • 76'

    Leeds taking command a little bit, but United seem happy to let them.

  • 75'

    Owen still chasing that hat-trick and Welbeck's ball across is deflected behind by the striker.

  • 74'

    Vayrynen is through, but smashes his shot straight at Amos. He was offside, but that just sums up Leeds' night really.

  • 72'

    To their credit the Leeds fans are still singing, but there's very little to suggest there will be another goal in this one.

  • 71'

    A shot of Leeds owner Ken Bates in the stands... he does not look happy.

  • 70'

    Diouf off, Welbeck on.

  • 69'

    Owen and Berbatov try a little move in the box and Diouf has a shot that is blocked. Was a little ambitious.

  • 68'

    Nunez takes down Diouf and there's no yellow. Probably a little kind.

  • 67'

    Leeds pour forward with Nunez, but the ball across is deflected and falls into the hands of Amos.

  • 66'

    United just went from their own box, to the Leeds one in three passes, but Park couldn't find the final ball to Owen. So much space still.

  • 65'

    McCormack off, Nunez on for Leeds.

  • 64'

    Valencia and Diouf combine well, but the ball over top was not taken and United choose to hold onto it instead.

  • 63'

    I'm a little surprised Leeds have not come out with more urgency this half. They aren't going to win by sitting back.. but then United can pick them apart whenever they like.

  • 61'

    Vayrynen has had little impact and gets a chance, but fails to convert. Pogba at the other end just smashed it into row Z.

  • 61'

    Good move down the right for Leeds, but Fabio comes across and clears.

  • 60'

    Replays show he probably wasn't, but he missed the shot in any case.

  • 59'

    Macheda runs through and smashes a shot wide, but the offside flag was up.

  • 58'

    Diouf has done well tonight, strong and powerful he's keeping the ball well. Defenders having trouble dealing with him.

  • 58'

    Amos comes and catches again. He must be getting giddy.

  • 56'

    The crowd are urging their side on and Leeds are putting a few good passes together.

  • 55'

    Amos takes the ball under his crossbar after a deep cross. McCormack gives him a nudge and is warned by the ref. It's pretty much his first touch of the ball with his hands.

  • 54'

    Owen with a chance for his hat-trick. Gets away after a misjudgement from the defender, he cuts inside and tries to curl it home. It just flies wide.

  • 54'

    Howson trying to drive Leeds on, but White loses out to Diouf and Leeds are struggling a lot in the final third.

  • 53'


    Ryan Giggs enjoys the moment after a fine solo effort made it 3-0 against Leeds

  • 52'

    He's up again... looks ok to continue.

  • 52'

    Pogba is down injured now. Looks like he might have got a bang on the head.

  • 52'

    Grayson is trying something, so lets hope for the sake of the game that it works.

  • 51'

    Becchio and Keogh off, Forssell and Vayrrynen on

  • 51'

    Owen runs at the heart of the defence, it runs away from him and the ball finds Pogba whose shot is tame.

  • 51'

    Pogba now slips and rolls around like he's been shot. Gets up pretty sheepishly.

  • 50'

    White's clearance rebounds off Berbatov and it nearly flies over Lonergan. Safe hands though and it wasn't travelling that fast.

  • 49'

    Fabio wastes a good chance as he decides to shoot instead of cross, but it matters little.

  • 48'

    The chance came to nothing, but could have been good if Owen's control was better on the edge of the box.

  • 48'

    Pogba now smashes a great crossfield ball to Valencia on the other side. Not bad for a kid.

  • 47'

    O'Dea kicks out at Owen on the floor and enters the book.

  • 46'

    Howson gets the better of Owen and gets a little physical. He'll not be too concerned though after first-half heroics.

  • 46'

    Pogba's first act is to concede a free-kick. It's a bit far out to have a go though.

  • 45'

    KICK-OFF. We're underway again. Miracle needed for Leeds.

  • 45'

    Giggs off, and Pogba on. Carrick takes the captaincy.

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    Owen celebrates his first goal

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  • 47'

    HALF-TIME. Leeds 0-3 Man Utd. Leeds have not been in the game. Owen (2) and Giggs on the stroke of the half, have put themselves in the next round unless there is a real shock.

  • 46'

    A really top class goal. He got lucky with the shot, but it was a sublime piece of trickery to make the space.

  • 45'

    GOAL Giggs, stunning. He nutmegs his man, and hits a deflected shot into the net. 3-0.

  • 45'

    Two minutes left...

  • 45'

    Diouf's strength out wide keeps the play going. He's looked sharp and worthy of more chances at United, rather than a loan move.

  • 43'

    Or are they? Park drives at the heart of the defence.. Lonergan comes out to claim but then spills out to Valencia who probably took the wrong option in shooting near post instead of crossing.

  • 43'

    Fabio hacks a Leeds attack clear. They are quite happy to go in for half-time now.

  • 41'

    Good run for McCormack, but it eludes him and rolls out for a goal kick. Just need more cutting egde, Leeds. Amos has yet to make a save.

  • 41'

    The cross finds Becchio in the middle, but his header can't reach his strike partner Keogh.

  • 40'

    Owen nearly closes down the kick from Lonergan. He wants a hat-trick!

  • 39'

    And just as I say that, they launch into a song about Keogh. They need him to show up for the second half, as Carrick and Fryers have dominated him.

  • 39'

    The crowd, by the way, are notable quieter than they were earlier on.

  • 39'

    Diouf penalised for a foul on White when he would have been through. Just a little push, but it was enough to knock him off balance.

  • 37'

    That's been the story of Leeds' half though, a step behind United all the way.

  • 36'

    Snodgrass with a late tackle from behind on Park. Frustration, nothing more.

  • 36'

    Leeds' defending was non existant and United can seeminly cut them apart at will.

  • 35'

    That was a great chance. Owen, Berbatov and Valencia all with one-touch play, the ball finds Valencia on the penalty spot and he's basically missed an open goal.

  • 33'

    Leeds look shellshocked. Macheda runs at the heart of the defence and O'Dea puts in a stunning tackle.

  • 33'

    Leeds look shellshocked. Macheda runs at the heart of the defence and O'Dea puts in a stunning tackle.

  • 33'

    Who is that kid? What an incredible strike! Owen is rolling back the years tonight.

  • 32'

    GOAL Owen again! Diouf gets away from his man, puts in a cross to the edge of the area and Owen hammers it into the top corner. 2-0.

  • 31'

    Fabio makes a clever ball to Macheda, who runs out of room behind Lees. That was an opening if he could have delivered into the box.

  • 30'

    Carrick gets a vital foot in as Keogh almost broke the offside trap. Great defending from a man not used to playing at CB.

  • 29'

    Owen with a shift of pace and gets past McCormack. His cross comes in and Lonergan claims in front of Berbatov's head.

  • 28'

    Bromby brings down Berbatvov and has he gone in the book for that? I don't think he has.

  • 27'

    Owen tries a little trick, but loses the ball and Leeds break. Snodgrass takes it, cuts inside and his shot is well over the bar.

  • 26'

    Poor, poor tackle and United now have two players on thin ice. The header from O'Dea comes in but causes little problem as it lands in the box.

  • 26'

    Diouf now follows Fabio as he hacks his man down from behind.

  • 26'

    A distinct lack of chances since the goal. There's really been little to talk of as neither side have created much in the final third.

  • 25'

    A good chance for Leeds to run at Fabio now, as Snodgrass is on that side. But they need the ball first.

  • 24'

    Fabio goes in the book for a late tackle. He knows he overdid that one on Bromby.

  • 22'

    Pushing forward, Leeds are left a little short at the back. Berbatov's ease has meant that chance of a swift break has gone though.

  • 21'

    Becchio charges down the left. Leeds looking more composed on the ball and trying to get a move together. They are keeping United off their game for a moment.

  • 20'

    Bit more passion from Leeds and a good run and shot from Clayton. It's easily gathered by Amos though.

  • 18'

    Simon Grayson looks a frustrated figure on the touchline. Leeds' manager needs to change something to get a foothold in the game.

  • 17'

    Giggs wants to know why that is a foul, but he gets little explanation. The ball flies over Becchio's head anyway.

  • 16'

    Owen is dropping deep and trying to link with the three other forwards on the pitch. It wasn't his cleanest hit, but a goal is a goal.

  • 16'

    That really was an excellent flowing move from United. They've looked vert comfortable on the ball and Leeds have offered little by way of resistence.

  • 15'

    United pushing on again and Diouf tries to get in on the cross. Cleared.

  • 14'

    Park with a brilliant one-two with Berbatov and he finds himself space to slot across to Owen. He slips the ball through the defender's legs. 1-0.

  • 14'

    GOAL Owen. A scuffed finish, but what a move from United.

  • 12'

    Diouf and Keogh clash and it's a foul out wide.

  • 11'

    McCormack is racing around and trying to get on the end of a clever ball, but he doesn't manage to and Leeds have only fashioned one chance so far.

  • 11'

    Leeds fans really are up for this game. Their players have yet to show that they are...

  • 10'

    Becchio goes down in the box after a little tussle with Fabio and the crowd goes mad. But nothing given.

  • 9'

    First bit of possession for Leeds, but that is such a waste. Not even a test of the young lad Fryers.

  • 8'

    Owen controls on the edge of the box, but that was good tackle back by Clayton although he might have been lucky not to concede a foul.

  • 8'

    Berbatov is drifting around and linking play up well. It really does look like a 4-2-4 at the moment with Macheda left and Diouf right.

  • 7'

    Leeds really have not picked up possession at all. Everytime they get it, it's a long ball up the other end.

  • 6'

    Macheda causing problems and Giggs swings a ball in. It goes beyond the defence and United continue to pressure.

  • 5'

    First real chance of the game and Leeds were almost through.

  • 4'

    The corner comes in and Berbatov clears it away from under his own bar after a header from O'Dea. Another shot blocked! That was close.

  • 3'

    Snodgrass gets free down the right, but his cross is blocked well by Fryers.

  • 3'

    Park dictating the play in the middle at the moment and has been very busy. Leeds are being pushed back and have had little of the ball.

  • 2'

    The booes are ringing around the ground, it's a very volatile atmosphere tonight.

  • 2'

    Becchio has a pop, but it's a long way off and United attack again.

  • 1'

    Looks like United are lining up as predicted. Carrick at CB and Giggs/Park combo in the middle.

  • 1'

    United in control early doors, but Fabio and Macheda get their wires crossed.

  • 1'

    KICK-OFF. The noise is pretty big at Leeds.. here we go.

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    It is a very odd one... Leeds will certainly fancy their chances. One to watch you ask? Robert Snodgrass for me...

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    ESPNsoccernet reader Joshua says: ''I've learned to never question Sir Alex but I can't help but scratch my head at the line up today...''

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    The teams are coming out onto the pitch... this is going to be a very odd game I feel.

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    Leeds have stuck largely to the side that defeated Bristol City at the weekend, Leigh Bromby replacing the suspended Patrick Kisnorbo and Ramon Nunez losing his place to Luciano Becchio.

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    For the record... Leeds United: Lonergan, Lees, Bromby, O'Dea, White, Snodgrass, Howson, Clayton, McCormack, Keogh, Becchio. Subs: Rachubka, O'Brien, Vayrynen, Brown, Forssell, Nunez, Tayor.

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    United's subs: D'Gea, Welbeck, Brown, Keane, Thorpe, Pogba, Cole.

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    Feel free to comment via my Twitter account @joncarterespn. But it looks a real gamble from Fergie.

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    Giggs and Park (?) it seems, are to be the two central midfielders, which begs the question why Paul Pogba has not been given a chance.

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    Young Zeki comes in and there's an odd four-strong striking lineup of Berbatov, Owen, Macheda and Diouf up front.

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    It's actually an interesting lineup for United. Only one defender in the team: Carrick at CB, Valencia at RB and Fabio at LB.

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    Some early team news suggests that 18-year-old Zeki Fryers is starting for United in defence.

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    Manchester United have had some good news over Javier Hernandez's injury and he'll return to training this week.

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    Jermaine Beckford celebrates the winner at Old Trafford in 2010.

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    Join us at 1945 BST to see if Leeds can upset Manchester United like last year. Although this time it would be in the Carling Cup.