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Game #5068

Sunday, 28 February 2010

Attendance: 88,596


League Cup Final


Manchester United

Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ

Wembley Stadium

Wilfully intended or not, Phil Dowd confirmed the suspicions of many, as Villa were faced with an additional obstacle in their attempt to win the League Cup.

Aston Villa


Manchester United

Assist(s) | None


Phil Dowd, wilfully intended or incompetence, either way culpable, Sunday, 28 February 2010.



๐Ÿ’ฅ | Referee Dowd declines to send off Nemanja Vidiฤ‡ in contravention of the rules
โšฝ | 5โ€™ Goal, 1-0, James Milner (pen)
๐ŸŸจ | 11โ€™ Booking, James Collins
๐Ÿฅ… | 12โ€™ Goal, 1-1, (Manchester United), Michael Owen
๐ŸŸจ | 18โ€™ Booking, Stewart Downing
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 1-1 Manchester United
๐Ÿฅ… | 74โ€™ Goal, 1-2, (Manchester United), Wayne Rooney
๐Ÿ” | 80โ€™ Sub off, Carlos Cuรฉllar, Sub on, John Carew
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 1-2 Manchester United


Is this the game that changed everything?

But for a refereeing performance that was so universally condemned as poor that it didnโ€™t come without suspicion, Villa would have won the League Cup for the sixth time.

In truth the addition of a Cup to Manchester United meant little, to Villa and Martin Oโ€™Neill however it was the reward for three seasons of re-building.

The loss, in controversial circumstances, suggested for many a ceiling had been hit. Not necessarily for the team or manager, but that the beneficiaries of official benevolence were preordained and no matter what a team did, this final obstacle seemed insurmountable.

Combined with Manchester Cityโ€™s massive investment, a Chairman looking to exit and now this was it any surprise that the combustible Martin Oโ€™Neill had doubts about the future.

As Oโ€™Neill himself said in October 2008:

โ€œWe want to be up there with the top four sides, otherwise whatโ€™s the point?โ€

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†
UEFA Cup Winners Cup: โŒ
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1995-96

Manchester United

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
UEFA Cup Winners Cup: ๐Ÿ†
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 2009-10


Previous 5 vs. United: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ


Season | 2009-10 |
Matchday | #38 |
Manager Game | #176 |
Sunday, 28 February 2010


Manager: Martin Oโ€™Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | County Londonderry, 2006-2010
Referee: Phil Dowd | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Stoke on Trent, 1998-2016
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 1-1
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 1-2
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฅ Lost
Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ


Referee: Phil Dowd | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Stoke on Trent, 1998-2016 ๐Ÿ†˜
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฅ 27 Dec 09, Villa 0-3 Arsenal (a)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Shaun Procter-Green, David Richardson



๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Manchester United

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ


Martin O'Neill names Brad Friedel in goal ahead of Brad Guzan as Stiliyan Petrov, Emile Heskey and James Collins also return. Luke Young, John Carew and Fabian Delph drop out.


Starting XI Average Age
| 28.48 |

Oldest Player |
GK Brad Friedel | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | 38.81 |

Youngest Player |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 23.39 |


Martin O'Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |


Alex Ferguson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

GK Brad Friedel | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
LB Stephen Warnock | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Carlos Cuรฉllar | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | ๐Ÿ” |
CB James Collins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Richard Dunne | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Stiliyan Petrov | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ |
W Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Stewart Downing | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
W James Milner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Emile Heskey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Manchester United

GK Tomasz Kuszczak | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
LB Patrice Evra | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Nemanja Vidiฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Jonny Evans | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |
RB Rafael | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
RB Antonio Valencia | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ |
M Ji-Sung Park | ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
M Michael Carrick | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Darren Fletcher | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
F Michael Owen | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Dimitar Berbatov | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ |


๐Ÿ” CF John Carew | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด | for CB Carlos Cuรฉllar | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | 80โ€™ |


๐Ÿ” | RB Rafael | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | (RB Gary Neville | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | M Ji-Sung Park | ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท | (M Darron Gibson | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |)
๐Ÿ” | F Michael Owen | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (CF Wayne Rooney | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (โšฝ))


GK Brad Guzan | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
RB Luke Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Habib Bรจye | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ |
M Fabian Delph | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Steve Sidwell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Nathan Delfouneso | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


GK Ben Foster | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Wes Brown | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Paul Scholes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Mame Biram Diouf | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ |


1st XI:
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 7/11
Homegrown: 1/11

Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 11/18
Homegrown: 2/18



1st XI:
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 4/11

Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 9/18



Injury | 1 |
M Nigel Reo-Coker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


Not Recorded

Player Abbreviations:

GK : Goalkeeper

LB, RB, FB : Left Back, Right Back, Full Back

CB, D : Centre Back, Defender

M, W : Midfielder. Winger

F, CF : Forward, Centre Forward

๐ŸŸข : Debut ๐Ÿ”ด : Final Game


โšฝ | Goal
๐Ÿ”ฅ | Assist
๐Ÿ” | Substitution

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance




Possession F | 50%
Possession A | 50%
Shots F | 10
Shots A | 18
Shots on Target F | 3
Shots on Target A | 9
Corners F | 4
Corners A | 5
Fouls F | 10
Fouls A | 11


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โ€œI think it would be universally accepted they should be down to 10 men.

โ€œItโ€™s not a good decision by an otherwise fine referee, itโ€™s poor.

โ€œObviously at Wembley, we score the penalty, they are down to 10 men for virtually the whole game. Itโ€™s a major point in the game.

โ€œIt does not matter if it is in the first second or the 89th minute of the game, the decision is straightforward. It is so straightforward it is incredible.โ€

Martin Oโ€™Neill.


โ€œWe got a lucky break, he could have been sent off.โ€

Sir Alex Ferguson.

*BBC Sport*
Sunday, 28 February 2010

*Substitute Wayne Rooney made the decisive contribution in the Carling Cup final with a late winner as Manchester United beat Aston Villa at Wembley.*

Rooney entered the action just before half-time to replace the injured Michael Owen and enabled Sir Alex Fergusonโ€™s side to come from behind and retain the trophy.

Aston Villaโ€™s Wembley showpiece started perfectly when James Milner put them ahead from the spot after five minutes following Nemanja Vidicโ€™s foul on Gabriel Agbonlahor.

Villa clearly felt referee Phil Dowd should have sent Vidic off after he hauled down Agbonlahor as he closed in on goal - and their burning sense of injustice was fuelled even further when United quickly restored equality.

Richard Dunne lost possession to Dimitar Berbatov, and when he attempted to repair his error he could only find Owen, who slipped a perfect finish past Villa keeper Brad Friedel.

Owen looked sharp in front of watching England coach Fabio Capello, but his lingering hopes of persuading the Italian to include him in his World Cup plans for South Africa may have ended when he pulled up as he ran into the area and was forced to leave the action.

It was hardly good news for Villa as it allowed Rooney to come on, with the striker clearly desperate to make an impact after starting on the bench.

Ji-Sung Park hit the post for United before Rooney rose to head the outstanding Antonio Valenciaโ€™s cross past Friedel with 16 minutes left.

Rooney almost extended Unitedโ€™s victory margin when he hit the woodwork with another header, but his amazing season continued as his 28th goal of the campaign gave Ferguson another piece of silverware.

Vidic was fortunate to see Emile Heskeyโ€™s header deflect off him on to the bar late on, but by that stage United were firmly in control and well on the way to victory.

It was a bitter disappointment for Villa, who started so promisingly, but they tired as the game wore on at Wembley and United ultimately deserved their triumph.

Ferguson decided to rest Rooney, who has been in devastating form, from his starting line-up and give Owen his opportunity in a Wembley final that was to drag the England striker from one end of the emotional scale to the other.

Villaโ€™s ploy was always going to be to test United with pace and power up front - and it was rewarded with the early goal boss Martin Oโ€™Neill must have craved.

Agbonlahor was too quick for Vidic and the United defender had already tugged at his shirt before hauling him down.

Referee Dowd did not punish Vidic further, despite the fact that he was the last United defender and flirted with a red card, and Milner steered the penalty coolly past Tomasz Kuszczak.

Villaโ€™s lead only lasted seven minutes, and it was an error from the normally reliable Dunne that led to Unitedโ€™s swift equaliser.

Dunne lost possession to Berbatov, and even though he recovered he could only divert the ball into the path of Owen, who steered an expert precision finish low past Friedel.

The game was remarkably open, with Milner a prominent figure, and he brought a fine diving save from Kusczcak with a 20-yard effort.

Owen had looked sharp, but his injury curse struck again as half-time approached when he pulled up as he raced for possession with Dunne in the area. It was clear immediately that his game was over and he walked away disconsolately to be replaced by Rooney.

United almost ended an enthralling first 45 minutes in the lead when Park struck a post after James Collins could only partially clear Valenciaโ€™s cross.

And United posed the first danger after the break when Friedel saved well from Michael Carrick, whose shooting had been very erratic up to that point.

The second half was much more of a cat-and-mouse affair, but predictably it was Rooney who gave United the advantage when he struck with 16 minutes left.

Berbatov cleverly played in Valencia, whose cross left Rooney with work to do, but not only did he win the aerial battle with the taller Collins, he sent a towering header high beyond Friedel into the top corner.

And the England striker almost repeated the feat three minutes later when Valencia was once more the provider, but he sent a more powerful header against the post.

Villa responded by introducing the giant figure of John Carew for Carlos Cuellar - and his presence almost forced Vidic into an error that resulted in an equaliser.

Stewart Downingโ€™s cross caused confusion, and Vidic was lucky to see Heskeyโ€™s header bounce off his shoulder on to the bar.

United had one last anxious moment when another Downing cross was just out of Dunneโ€™s reach at the back post, but Fergusonโ€™s side held out for a deserved victory.