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20 September 2011
• Elland Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire
Referee: M. Jones
• Attendance: 31031
M. Owen 15', 32'
R. Giggs 45'
90' + 2'
FULL TIME! A first half Michael Owen brace and Ryan Giggs strike earn Manchester United safe passage through to the fourth round of the Carling Cup. Leeds fans will be disappointed with their side's anaemic showing but they have high-fliers Brighton to contend with at the weekend and that must surely take priority.
Two minutes added time indicated by the fourth official.
Berbatov heads the ball out for a corner from a Leeds free kick but their chance to salvage pride is easily flicked away.
Nunez has looked very lively since coming on but he cannot find a Leeds shirt with his clipped ball from the edge of the box.
And that makeshift back four plays a mean offside trap as Forssell is flagged attempting to collect a cross from the right.
Manchester United's current back four: Valencia, Carrick, Berbatov, Fabio. Madness.
Manchester United down to 10 men as Fryers is forced with withdraw with an injury. Can Leeds capitalise to get the goal their support deserves?
White is crowded out well by Cole and Valencia as he tries to bring some spark to the Leeds attack by charging down the left.
Manchester United hand another opportunity to a debutant, Federico Macheda replaced by Larnell Cole.
Owen still hat-trick hunting but he cannot divert Welbeck's cross beyond the committed Leeds defence.
A chance for Leeds but Vayrynen is offside from Clayton's lofted pass. The Finnish forward hit the ball straight at Amos as if attempting to hammer home the fact that a Leeds goal is unlikely.
Both fans still in fine voice, they really have been trying to outdo each other all night. A credit to English football.
Mame Biram Diouf
Alex Ferguson withdraws Diouf to give forward Danny Welbeck a chance to gain match fitness after his short term injury absence.
Berbatov drives with the ball from his own half after a clever exchange with Michael Owen but gives it to Macheda who can only strike it off a Leeds defender to surrender possession.
Ramón Fernando Núñez Reyes
Simon Grayson makes his final sub as Nunez comes on for McCormack. Leeds' forwards have had little to work with tonight but can Nunez help to restore some pride?
Snodgrass and Lees combine well on the right but the defender is not expecting a return ball after straying offside and Leeds good build-up is wasted.
Macheda makes a clever run inside the full-back and fizzes a shot just wide before seeing the linesman's flag raise. Tight call.
Manchester United thoroughly in control of the game here and there is no better indicator of that than the fact the Michael Carrick and Antonio Valencia, who aren't defenders by trade, have yet to be troubled so far.
Leeds do well to work the ball out wide but the cross from the right is straight into Ben Amos' hands on the goalline. McCormack tries to cheekily 'pull a Lofthouse' and shoulder the young keeper into the goal with the ball in his grasp but is reprimanded by the referee.
Leeds fans still singing their hearts out here but it seems in vain, those substitutions were most certainly for the weekend and indicative of Simon Grayson's feelings over whether they can salvage this game.
Leeds finally get the opportunity to make their changes as Becchio and Keogh are withdrawn for Finnish duo Vayrynen and Forsell. (Yes, I realise I just made them sound like a pop group)
Michael Owen charges forward in search of his hat-trick but is dispossessed as the highly-rated Paul Pogba drags the loose ball wide.
Leeds United looking to make a double substitution here but being thwarted as the ball refuses to go out of play.
Yellow Card Darren O'Dea
Leeds tempers do not seem to have settled as O'Dea has a shove at Michael Owen after fouling the forward. He receives a yellow card for the misdemeanour.
Leeds get us back under way here. For the visitors, Paul Pogba replaces Ryan Giggs, Leeds remain unchanged.
45' + 2'
Alex Fisher from Elland Road: "So that's half time, Manchester United lead 3-0 and they have barely broken sweat. A Michael Owen double and a late Ryan Giggs goal has silenced Elland Road, the question has to be...how many will the visitors score?"
45' + 2'
HALF TIME! Simon Grayson will have a real job on his hands thanks to that third goal which all but seals it for Manchester United. A professional performance so far from the reigning English champions punctuated by a real moment of quality at the end of the half from Ryan Giggs. Leeds with a mountain to climb now.
Goal Ryan Giggs
GOAL! Ryan Giggs receives the ball back from his own short corner before pulling off an audacious nutmeg and slipping the ball past the Leeds keeper with the outside of his left boot. What a run and finish from the experienced Welshman.
Ji Sung Park attempts a mazy run through the Leeds defence and almost goes all the way before losing control of the ball in front of Lonergan.
Becchio heads at goal from a deep cross but miscues it wide. Probably Leeds' best chance since the early goalmouth scramble and indicative of the way in which Manchester United have stamped their authority on this game.
Leeds keeping the ball, but it's all in their own half. They won't get back into the game like this.
Yellow Card Robert Snodgrass
Snodgrass, showing the frustration of his Leeds team and their fans, dives in wildly on Park and receives a yellow card for his trouble.
Michael Owen causing trouble again as he cuts onto his left from a Berbatov through ball to play in Valencia. Unfortunately for the visitors the makeshift right-back cannot direct his shot on goal and drags poorly wide.
Alex Fisher from Elland Road: "It's far too easy for Man United, Leeds are having a lot of possession but the visitors (and particularly Owen) are lethal in front of goal. Mame Diouf won the ball on the right, rolled it into Owen and he blasted the ball into the top corner. Cue a red flare going off in the away end!"
Goal Michael Owen
GOAL! Manchester United choose to take the corner short and move the ball amongst themselves to the other side of the pitch seemingly aimlessly until from nowhere Michael Owen finds space at the edge of the box and powers it in brilliantly. A great hit by the former England striker and that could really damage Leeds' hopes.
Macheda and Fabio link well down the left but the Italian forward cannot beat his man in the box. Corner.
Still no fluency to the game and this will certainly suit the side currently in the lead. You imagine Sir Alex might just want another goal though...
An impressive Leeds counter-attack comes to an end as Snodgrass swings one over the bar from the edge of the box. The Scot chose to ignore the overlap on his right and that will probably be to the displeasure of Simon Grayson.
Yellow Card Mame Biram Diouf
Diouf follows his teammate into the book. The visitors aren't exactly under the cosh here and so are showing their inexperience in gaining bookings in poor positions.
Fabio penalised for charging in just moments after receiving a yellow for a poor, late challenge. The young defender must be careful.
Yellow Card Fabio Da Silva
The Leeds fans boo a prolonged period of Manchester United possession. They've done a great job so far of nullifying the Yorkshire outfit's threat.
Clayton shows brilliant feet to work space at the edge of the United box but his drive is straight at Amos. Encouraging for Leeds.
A free kick from the left for Leeds but it is wasted and over hit. The hosts must do more to challenge their illustrious visitors' makeshift defence from set-pieces.
Alex Fisher at Elland Road: "Well that's quietened things down a little bit and the man on target is Michael Owen. Berbatov played in Park with a beautiful pass, he rolled it to Owen and the striker got a little bit of luck as he scuffed a left foot shot into the bottom corner."
Goal Michael Owen
We're told by our man at Elland Road that Manchester United are in fact playing a 4-4-2 system with Macheda wide left and Diouf on the right. Such are the perils of trying to second guess Alex Ferguson...
GOAL! Manchester United fans, you can thank me for that one. Park finds space on the right and cuts it in toward Michael Owen who scuffs it into the far corner after a clever shift onto his left foot. Clinical as ever.
A scrappy encounter so far with either side yet to make a real chance. Typical of such highly charged matches.
An inswinging ball from the left is left well by McCormack but Becchio can't reach it.
Manchester United maintaining possession well until a Macheda miscontrol gifts the ball back to the hosts. The Red Devils will hope such spells of possession might silence the crowd sufficiently to take the early energy out of this Leeds side.
At the other end Macheda and Giggs are eventually snuffed out but at the expense of a corner. Open start.
Early chance for Leeds as two shots are blocked in the box when Manchester United fail to clear a corner. Lucky escape for the visitors.
Diouf looks to be going nowhere as he runs across the Leeds defence and confirms this as he releases a powerful air shot in the box. Not the start the youngster might have wanted.
Each time Leeds regain possession it is met with huge cheers from the crowd, they'll hope their team are as up for this as they are.
An early touch for youngster Ezekiel Fryers on his Manchester United debut and also the referee who blocks Ryan Giggs' attempt to find the defender.
Ryan Giggs and Michael Owen get the game under way to huge boos from the Leeds faithful.
Alex Fisher from Elland Road: "The atmosphere is starting to build up here, Leeds legend Lucas Radebe has just made an appearance in front of the Elland Road crowd to a raptourous reception. Manchester United's bench has an eerie look to it with Keane, Brown and Cole on there! However it's Michael, Rees and Larnell as opposed to Roy, Wes and Andy!"
In contrast Simon Grayson and Leeds have stuck with a strong line up and will hope to pull off yet another cup upset against their fierce rivals.
Sir Alex Ferguson has picked an unfamiliar side tonight but the experienced heads of Michael Owen, Ryan Giggs and Dimitar Berbatov will hope to help their younger teammates silence the hostile crowd.
Leeds United (4-3-3) Lonergan; Lees, Bromby, O'Dea, White; Snodgrass, Clayton, Howson; McCormack, Becchio, Keogh. Subs: Rachubka, O'Brien, Vayrynen, Brown, Forssell, Nunez, Taylor
Manchester United (4-3-3): Amos; Valencia, Carrick, Fryers, Fabio; Diouf, Giggs, Park; Macheda, Berbatov, Owen. Substitutes: De Gea, Welbeck, Pogba, Brown, M Keane, Thorpe, Cole.
Leeds have since gained promotion from League One to the Championship whilst Manchester United have won two league titles. Both teams retain their managers from that famous tie with Sir Alex Ferguson and Simon Grayson set to face each other again.
There's a huge crowd at Elland Road tonight hoping to see Leeds repeat their feats of 2010 where they knocked Manchester United out of the same round of the FA Cup.
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