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League Cup

  • October 25, 2011
  • • 19:45
  • • Electrical Services Stadium, Aldershot, Hampshire
  • Referee: P. Walton
  • • Attendance: 7044

Live Commentary

  • Perhaps not a surprising result, or scoreline, but Aldershot gave it a good effort and should have no shame whatsoever in how well they played, having good bouts of possession at times and if it weren’t for tight defending by United they may have had some more clear-cut chances. The visitors meanwhile will be happy with the result and have taken a positive step in their recovery from their terrible performance on Sunday. The likes of Berbatov and Valencia have given Sir Alex good reasons to choose them in Premier League outings, as opposed to the odd appearances in competitions such as this and might just get their chance. That’s it from’s coverage for tonight, enjoy the rest of your evening and we hope to see you next time.
  • Well that’s full-time.
  • 90'
    At the other end Valencia lashes over a shot when in some good space and lack of pressure. Should have done better
  • 89'
    Guttridge goes even closer! The midfielder takes a free-kick from 20 yards out and powers it towards Amos’ right-side, forcing the ‘keeper to make a cracking save to keep his clean sheet by the skin of his teeth.
  • 86'
    Guttridge catches the ball on the slice, but only just, after an Aldershot attack and his effort is nearly on target, with Amos nowhere near it.
  • 84'
    Despite their solid lead, United are remaining impenetrable at the back and aren’t letting anything past them, forcing Aldershot to have any efforts from outside the area.
  • 82'
    SubstitutionMichael Rankine A. Smith
  • 81'
    A great save by Ross Worner keeps Berbatov’s free-kick on the edge of the area out. The striker smashed the ball passed the defensive wall, but the Aldershot ‘keeper saves majestically.
  • 79'
    The young Ravel Morrison has done well since he’s come on, showing much attacking spirit and looks to building his reputation with every appearance for the Red Devils.
  • 76'
    United seem happy to see these last 25 minutes out as they patiently play the ball around the midfield, with the odd venture up into the Aldershot third to see if they can get their fourth goal.
  • 72'
    SubstitutionPeter Vincenti Jamie Collins
  • 72'
    Aldershot show some attacking initiative, with good work by McGlashan on the by-line that earns a rare corner for the hosts. The set-piece is cleared, but the home side don’t give up and try again, but to no avail.
  • 70'
    SubstitutionMame Biram Diouf Ravel Morrison
  • 70'
    SubstitutionZeki Fryers Michael Keane
  • 70'
    Pogba gets his first chance on goal after some good passing play from the visitors, but the attacker skies the ball over the Aldershot net.
  • 70'
    Pogba gets his first chance on goal after some good passing play from the visitors, but the attacker skies the ball over the Aldershot net.
  • 68'
    It’s gone pretty quiet in terms of action, but the crowd are still in voice, especially the home fans, however United are definitely in control on the pitch and have been all game really, despite bouts of time on the ball by the hosts. Aldershot just haven’t been given the time to make any real chances on the ball by their stern opponents.
  • 64'
    Aldershot enjoying a brief spell of possession for the moment and have had their fair share since the break, with the stats showing 50/50 at one point, not an easy achievement by any means.
  • 60'
    SubstitutionTom Cleverley Paul Pogba
  • 60'
    Well Tom Cleverly has been given an hour’s run-out and has been replaced by the young starlet Paul Pogba who is out to impress again after featuring against Leeds in the last round.
  • 57'
    Oh dear, Dimitar. The attacker gets a perfect chance to add to his tally and winds up the Aldershot defence with his twisting movement on the ball, but the Bulgarian follows up the hard work with a dragged shot wide of Worner’s post.
  • 54'
    Aldershot have refused to give up on scoring tonight and so they shouldn’t. A win against United would have been stuff only dreams are made of, but grabbing a goal against such a giant club is something a player in the lower leagues can have to their name forever.
  • 51'
    That really was classy stuff from Valencia and is one of a handful of players on the pitch right now for United that is dying for a chance to return to regular first-team action. But, in the case of the former Wigan man, Ashley Young’s presence was always going to go against the winger and will have to make do with these cameo appearances in the cup competitions.
  • 48'
    Goal Antonio Valencia
    Gooooaaall!! Valencia pings in United’s third!! The winger gets space on the right and powers the ball round Worner with an excellent strike. Perhaps game over now for Aldershot.
  • 46'
    SubstitutionAlex Rodman Bradley Bubb
  • 46'
    Rodman has been forced off at half-time with that shoulder injury, with Bubb taking his place. No changes from United.
  • 45'
    Aldershot kick-off the second-half.
  • Well it’s been pretty much as expected from United; a few jitters in the first few minutes have been turned around and converted into confidence. Aldershot haven’t done bad by any means and have had a couple of chances to worry the north west outfit, but just haven’t been strong enough or experienced enough to fend off the Red Devils’ momentum.
  • And that's half-time.
  • 45'
    Getting much easier for United now as Aldershot let them have even more of the ball and the visitors are spending a larger amount of the time in the hosts’ third.
  • 41'
    Goal Michael Owen
    Goooooaaaalll!!!! Owen makes it two!!! Berbatov lays the ball across the area and the former Liverpool man is there to meet the pass and places it past Worner, who should have done better to get a stronger touch to the shot.
  • 38'
    Injury break at the moment before Aldershot take a corner well earned by Rodman, but it is the set-piece winner that is forced to sidelines with an apparent shoulder problem. From the corner, the hosts endure a scrappy battle in the box before a player goes down and the home fans think they’ve got a penalty, but the linesman is flagging for offside.
  • 35'
    Vincenti gets space on the ball and smashes the ball low towards Amos’ net and goes quite close as the effort just skids the wrong side of the post and is a good try in the end.
  • 31'
    Sir Alex’s side have been dominating the possession so far, but Aldershot have possibly seen more of the ball than they thought they might of and are doing well when given a chance, as well as keeping their heads up after United’s opener.
  • 27'
    At the other end meanwhile, Aldershot get their best chance of the game as McGlashan breaks free on the right-side and blazes a hot towards Amos, but rises over the bar.
  • 26'
    Seventh corner of the game now for United. Cleverly takes again and again it is cleared. The visitors seem to have wasted all their chances from the corners and I might be right in thinking the young midfielder has taken them all. Maybe a good time to chance takers.
  • 23'
    Aldershot seem to bare a lot of pace, especially from the wide players when on the break and they keep catching United out and the Premier League boys might be in for a bit of a game despite their lead.
  • 20'
    And now Fabio goes close after Owen dribbles between the Aldershot defenders and puts the young Brazilian through and the full-back shoots, but his effort is deflected and goes out for a corner.
  • 18'
    Berbatov nearly works his way into the box to get a chance for his second, but he is brought down by the defender behind him and very possibly should have had a penalty. Aldershot lucky not to have two goals against them.
  • 15'
    Goal D. Berbatov
    Gooooooaaaalll!!!! Berbatov gets the opener at the end of a wonderful passing display! Starting with Cleverly, the ball is worked into the box and arrives at the Bulgarian’s feet, with the striker comfortably slotting the ball into the net.
  • 14'
    United look happy at the moment to sit on the ball and pass it around patiently, with their most recent build up leading to a corner which is cleared.
  • 11'
    It should be said that in the build up to that foul, Aldershot were playing some nice passing football and like their manager Dean Holdsworth said pre-game, this is a team that likes to play football.
  • 10'
    A cynical challenge from Vidic earns the Serbian the first yellow card of the game. Rodman take the resulting free-kick which is whipped into the area but easily cleared.
  • 9'
    Yellow Card Nemanja Vidic
  • 8'
    Cleverly gets the first proper chance of the game after Berbatov lays the ball off for the midfielder just outside the box and blasts the ball over the ball. Could probably have done better to get it on target.
  • 5'
    Jones is almost caught again after Park loses the ball, but is saved by Vidic. United looking edgy at the back so far.
  • 2'
    Almost a break from Aldershot right from the off with a surging run from McGlashan and nearly win themselves a corner, but ball comes lose and rolls out of play.
  • 1'
    And United get us underway.
  • News direct from the stadium is that upon the reading out of the United bench over the loudspeaker, instead of the usual “WHO ARE YOU?” chants from the home crowd, the Aldershot supporters were genuinely baffled.
  • Big news then for the visitors is that Tom Cleverly gets his first bout of action since injuring his ankle six-and-a-half-weeks ago at Bolton. Also there’s a rare start for Antonio Valencia and Nemaja Vidic gets the nod after sitting out the Manchester derby at the weekend.
  • And United: Amos; Jones, Vidic, Fryers, Fabio; Valencia, Cleverley, Park, Diouf; Berbatov, Owen. Subs: De Gea, Vermijl, M Keane, Pogba, W Keane, Morrison, Cole.
  • Here are the squads, starting with the home side: Aldershot: Worner; Herd, Jones, Morris, Straker; McGlashan, Vincenti, Guttridge, Rodman; Hylton, Rankine. Subs: Young, Aaron Brown, Collins, Bubb, Pulis, Smith, Panther
  • The hosts are coming off the back of a 5-2 league win and the game tonight sees them take part in the fourth round of this competition for the first time, and so should be in good spirits.
  • Hello and welcome to’s live coverage of this League Cup fixture between Aldershot and Manchester United. Tonight’s visiting side will most likely still be picking themselves up from Sunday’s 6-1 thrashing from their rivals Manchester City and League Two minnows Aldershot may look to strike whilst the Premier League outfit is down and become giant killers in their own right. However, tonight’s United squad isn’t likely to resemble the one that were so soundly beaten at the weekend and will Sir Alex Ferguson will look to feature the likes of Michael Owen, Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Carrick, along with the youngsters that played in the 3-0 win over Leeds United in the last round.