Owen and Giggs help Reds stroll into next round after first half blitz destroys their Yorkshire rivalsManchester United eased in the Carling Cup fourth round with a comfortable 3-0 victory over fierce rivals Leeds United at Elland Road.
Michael Owen marked his first start of the season with his first two goals of the campaign before Ryan Giggs added a third before half time.
As expected Sir Alex Ferguson rang the changes naming Michael Carrick in central defense alongside young defender Ezekiel Fryers. Antonio Valencia dropped back to right full back which allowed Mame Diouf to come into the midfield alongside Giggs and Park. Federico Macheda was given his chance as part of a front three with Dimitar Berbatov and Owen.
Leeds was unable to make its early pressure the pay and in the 15th minute, Manchester United took the lead through Owen. Berbatov released Park behind the Leeds defense, who rolled the ball into Owen, who got a little bit of luck as he scuffed a left foot shot into the bottom corner sending Leeds goalkeeper Andy Lonergan the wrong way.
After failing to take the chances it had created, Leeds was punished again in the 32nd minute and it was Owen again dishing out the punishment. Diouf won the ball on the right hand side from Aidan White and rolled the ball into Owen on the edge of the area, who then blasted the ball into the top corner past Lonergan.
With seconds to go in the first half, the impressive Giggs added a third goal after some poor defending from the home side. The Welshman took a quick corner to Fabio, who played it back to Giggs who nutmegged White and blasted the ball past Lonergan from 10 yards.