Carling Cup gallery

Wayne Rooney

Manchester United claimed the club’s third Carling Cup win in just five seasons, with Patrice Evra lifting the trophy at a damp Wembley Stadium in North West London. With supporters decked in green and gold as the Glazer family watched on, Wayne Rooney and Michael Owen scored the goals to win the cup for United.

Rooney heads United to Cup glory

Wayne Rooney Wembley

Manchester United defended the Carling Cup with a hard-fought victory over Aston Villa at Wembley. Coming from a goal behind, Wayne Rooney scored the winner for Sir Alex Ferguson’s men as the Scot picked up the 32nd major trophy of his Old Trafford tenure. It represented a calculated gamble by Ferguson who had left his […]

Owen going nowhere – Fergie

Sir Alex Ferguson has dismissed newspaper speculation that Michael Owen will head a summer clearout at Manchester United. The former-Liverpool striker, who scored against West Ham United at Old Trafford last Tuesday, has started just 10 times for United this season despite a strong fitness record, scoring eight goals for the club. “He has done […]

Fergie: Rooney the player we wanted

Sir Alex Ferguson says that Wayne Rooney is now the player he always hoped for after the Merseysider’s £30 million move from Everton. Rooney has 27 goals in all competitions this season, with eight headed strikes a new record for the England international. The forward has 124 goals in 244 starts for Manchester United. “Wayne […]

Carling Cup final: chalkboards

Manchester United v Aston Villa

Sir Alex Ferguson and Martin O’Neil have each switched between 4-4-2 and 4-3-3 this season, although the Manchester United manager is likely to field two strikers on Sunday. The big question surrounds in-form Wayne Rooney. Although the scouser needs a break sooner rather than later it could come a week from today. Ferguson must also […]

Carling Cup final: head-to-heads


If Manchester United is to beat Aston Villa at Wembley and defend the Carling Cup then it’ll be won in the details. Villa, who beat United 1-0 at Old Trafford in December, is unbeaten in six matches and running into form at the right time. But in Wayne Rooney, United has the world’s hottest striker […]

Carling Cup final: preview

Carling Cup

Defending champions Manchester United begin the 50th League Cup final as hot favourites to take home the trophy for the fourth time. Sir Alex Ferguson’s side, upbeat after the midweek victory over West Ham United at Old Trafford, aim to defend the silverware won on penalties against Tottenham Hotspur one year ago. Make no mistake, […]