Possebon suffererd a horror tackle in his 1st start for Man Utd. Hope he is fine. Statement from club says got no broken leg.
Report by Ben Hibbs, at CarringtonEdwin fit to face BoltonVeteran goalkeeper
Edwin van der Sar will be available to face Bolton Wanderers this weekend, according to Sir Alex Ferguson, who will use young shot-stopper Ben Amos as cover.
Van der Sar injured his knee against Chelsea last week, while deputies Ben Foster and Tomasz Kuszczak are both currently injured, prompting suggestions that Reserves goalkeeper Amos would make his Premier League debut on Saturday.
However, Sir Alex confirmed Edwin's recovery at his pre-match press conference. “Everyone is OK from last Sunday’s games against Chelsea and Tuesday’s match against Middlesbrough,” he said. “Apart from Rodrigo Possebon, of course."
It is astonishing that 19-year-old Brazilian midfielder Possebon escaped Emanuel Pogatetz's tackle without a broken leg or even ligament damage to his knee.
“We’re delighted that Rodrigo’s injury is not more serious," added Sir Alex. "There wasn’t even ligament damage. It’s amazing, really. At the time I feared the worst. You saw the reaction from Nani when it happened, he turned away in horror. It was the same reaction when Eduardo got injured, or even David Busst for Coventry.
“We had to keep Rodrigo in hospital because of the risk of infection in the wound. It cut him to the bone. He’ll have to go back in to get it closed up. But we’re quite happy with it.”
The manager will use Amos on the bench as goalkeeping cover for van der Sar on Saturday against Bolton as a groin injury has sidelined Tomasz Kuszczak until next weekend’s trip to Blackburn. Michael Carrick, meanwhile, will return to training after October's international break.
“I won’t risk Tomasz before the Blackburn game," added the boss. "But young Ben Amos came in and did well [against Middlesbrough], he looked comfortable and had the right temperament. So we’re OK in that position. Michael [Carrick] is nowhere near football training yet. I think by the end of the international break he should be back training with us."
New role for Ryan
Ryan Giggs will be used as a deep-lying striker or a central midfielder this season as Sir Alex Ferguson tries to best utilise the Welshman’s energies.
The sight of United’s no.11 tearing up and down the flanks at Old Trafford will, but for very few occasions, now be confined to memory.
The 34-year-old played in a more central role in the Reds' 3-1 win over Middlesbrough on Tuesday, and fans can get used to seeing Giggs perform there much more frequently this term.
“He’s been fantastic this season, absolutely brilliant,” beams Sir Alex. “But what we have to do is manage him. He is looking absolutely brilliant now, but we also want to have him nice and fresh at the end of the season. He can decide games for you, that’s the great quality he has.
“I see his role as a central player, where we played him the other night,” the boss adds. “The days of trampling up and down that touchline for Ryan, at 34 years of age, are gone. He can maybe do it occasionally, but I think that is beyond him now.”
Managing the players within his ample squad is arguably the toughest task facing Sir Alex this season. The sheer volume of talent at his fingertips makes the selection process potentially more testing than it has ever been before. But Sir Alex insists he is content to disappoint players every now and again for the sake of the team, and also the players themselves.
“When you have got a squad of players and everyone is fit, you have a problem,” he said. “You have a problem picking the substitutions, never mind the first eleven. It’s always the case that if you want to win something – and we always want to win something – you need to have a strong squad. That has paid dividends for this club. Other clubs have the same mentality now.”
The changing face of the modern game doesn’t soften the blow on a Saturday when Sir Alex informs a clutch of internationals that they have not made his 18-man matchday squad.
“The players understand it, but that doesn’t mean to say they accept it,” he says. “Some players realise the mechanics of the situation. But when it’s your turn to sit out, you don’t like it.
“That’s OK with me, I don’t mind that. It tells me that they all want to play. I’d rather that than some player saying, ‘It’s a tough game, I don’t fancy it today’. We don’t have players like that, and you never want players that are quite happy sitting on the bench.”
Owen up for the fight
Owen Hargreaves can't wait to get stuck in against Bolton Wanderers.
Saturday's visitors to Old Trafford are renowned for their physical approach, Hargreaves insists he's up for the challenge.
"I enjoy these games, they’re great," he told United Review. "We know these matches are physical affairs and Bolton make it as difficult as possible for you. They are direct, they try to get the ball in behind you, and set-pieces and throw-ins are a key part of their game. They play to their own strengths and if you’re not up for competing with them then you’ll really struggle."
Bolton, like United, have registered just one win this season. Last weekend Arsenal went to the Reebok Stadium and cruised to victory, despite going behind early on. Megson will want his troops to show more drive on Saturday, although Hargreaves believes Bolton won’t have any trouble getting motivated.
“It’s an important game because we need to get wins under our belts,” he says. “But it’s a big game for Bolton too. I should know – my Dad’s a big Bolton fan! Playing United means a lot to them because they’re only just around the corner."
Sir Alex: Step it up
Sir Alex Ferguson expects United’s form to rapidly pick up – starting with the target of three points against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.
United’s performances have steadily improved since the start of the season – or, crucially, since the desperately disappointing 2-1 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield.
Promising draws against Villarreal and Chelsea were followed with a 3-1 victory over Middlesbrough in the Carling Cup third round. The recent performances have certainly boosted spirits in the Reds' camp.
“The form of the team has started to come good,” said the boss. “We expected that. I said last week that, by October, I think we will be back to normal.
"There have been a lot of encouraging signs in the last two games. Some of the football on Tuesday was excellent, as was the performance in the first half against Chelsea.
“In the second half some of the players showed that they needed a game. Gary Neville, Owen Hargreaves, Ji-sung Park and Dimitar Berbatov showed that they really only had one game behind them going into such an important match. But it was a satisfactory performance at Stamford Bridge.”
Fitness – or, more importantly, match-fitness – is the key to even the slightest change in United’s form. “The form comes naturally as you gain sharpness and fitness,” added Sir Alex. “Match fitness is really important. You can train as much as you like, but playing in matches gives you edge, timing and better breathing.”
In midweek there were goals, too. Sir Alex will be keen for that to translate to the league, where the Reds have found the net just three times in four games – although that figure is skewed by the fact that two of those matches involved away ties against top teams.
“The win on Tuesday sends us on our way in that respect,” the United boss says positively. “It’s been a tough start. We had three away games in a row in the league. Comparing it to last season, we actually have more points after four games (five, compared to four last season).
"We drew with Portsmouth last season but won this time. We won at Liverpool last year, but lost this time, and we got beat by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge but got a draw this time. It’s balanced itself out.
“Our start has not been emphatic, but it’s not decisive. I think we can expect better now, and I would hope for three points against Bolton.”
Tomorrow at 2200hrs will be start of our unbeaten run!
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Report: United 3 Boro 1
Looks like Ronaldo is going to be a half player!Goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, Ryan Giggs and Nani booked United’s place in the Carling Cup fourth round, but the 3-1 victory over Middlesbrough was marred by a potentially serious injury to Rodrigo Possebon.
The Brazilian midfielder was carried off midway through the second half following a horror tackle from Emanuel Pogatetez who was rightfully dismissed for the offence. Earlier, Ronaldo’s 25th minute header was cancelled out by substitute Adam Johnson’s volley after the break. Giggs calmly put United ahead late on, before Nani slotted home a clincher in the fifth of nine minutes of injury time.
United fans have become accustomed to seeing many of the Reds’ budding young stars when the Carling Cup comes round, but with a number of first team squad members needing to sharpen up their match fitness, Sir Alex opted for a mix of youth and experience in his starting XI. There were debuts for goalkeeper Ben Amos and striker Danny Welbeck, as well as first competitive starts for full-back Rafael da Silva and midfielder Rodrigo Possebon. Ryan Giggs skippered the side, which also featured a host of first team regulars including Cristiano Ronaldo – in his first start of the campaign - Nemanja Vidic and Anderson.
United began the brighter with Giggs and Ronaldo looking particularly menacing, the former almost fashioning a 3rd minute opening for the onrushing Welbeck. But Brad Jones was alert to the danger and came out to punch clear. Soon after, Nani stung the palms of Jones with a fizzing effort, before clipping a near-post effort wide after an impressive build-up.
Further neat interplay involving Welbeck, Ronaldo and Giggs led to a corner and a subsequent opening goal for the Reds on 25 minutes. And it was a familiar name on the scoresheet as Ronaldo held off the attentions of Digard to head home Giggs’ inswinger.
The hosts almost doubled their lead three minutes later after a marauding run from Anderson down the left resulted in Jones saving Welbeck's back post effort with his feet. The game had developed into a lively encounter with the Reds dominating proceedings. But with Stewart Downing in their side, Gareth Southgate's men always posed a threat from set-pieces and it was the winger’s left wing centre which forced Ben Amos into action for the first time, as he dived to his left to claim David Wheater’s goalbound header.
A brilliant backheel from Rafael into the path of Welbeck, who slipped the ball to Ronaldo, almost resulted in a second United goal as half-time approached, but Jones parried the winger’s fiercely struck low shot. He was forced into action straight after the restart, saving well from Welbeck after the striker had collected O’Shea's ball over the top.
The Boro stopper stooped low to his right to grasp Nani’s 53rd minute shot and was no doubt pleased to see the Portuguese international overhit his pass as he looked to put either Welbeck or Ronaldo through on goal soon after. United were made to rue those missed opportunities on 56 minutes when, against the run of play, Boro drew level. Gary O’Neill’s high ball into the area was headed clear by Vidic, but only to the feet of substitute Adam Johnson whose first time volley skimmed past Wes Brown and crept inside Amos’ right-hand post.
It was a bitter blow for United, but worse was to follow when they lost Possebon after Pogatetz's shocking lunge. A gaping wound displayed the external damage to Possebon’s right leg, but the distress etched on the Brazilian's face as he was given oxygen suggested it could be far more serious.
Quite understandably the Reds temporaily lost their momentum, but they regained the lead 11 minutes from time when Giggs took full advantage of substitute Chris Riggott’s slip and nonchalantly clipped the ball over Jones. He went close to adding what would have been a brilliant third three minutes later, but Wheater headed his flicked shot off the line.
All three United subs - Carlos Tevez, Darron Gibson and another debutant Manucho - saw efforts go begging in the closing stages, before Nani capitalised on another defensive howler, this time from Wheater, and slotted home the third to complete, Possebon's injury aside, a hugely satisfying night for the Reds.
UNITED: Amos; Rafael, Brown, Vidic, O’Shea; Nani, Anderson, Possebon (Gibson 72); Giggs (c) (Manucho 84), Ronaldo (Tevez 61), Welbeck. Subs not used: Zieler, Cleverley, Gray, Eckersley.
BORO: Jones; Hoyte, Wheater, Pogatetz (c), Taylor; O’Neil, Digard (Riggott 72), Shawky (Johnson 46), Downing; Alves (Emnes 84), Aliadiere. Subs not used: Turnbull, Arca, Walker, Craddock.
Booked: Johnson. Sent off: Pogatetz
Ole happy with youth system
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was beaming with pride during United's Carling Cup win over Middlesbrough on Tuesday.
Four regulars from the Norwegian's Reserves squad started and played prominent roles in the Reds' 3-1 victory over the Teessiders, and he was delighted to see them comport themselves so well against a strong Boro side.
"On Tuesday I was very proud of Danny Welbeck, Ben Amos, Rafael Da Silva and Rodrigo Possebon," Ole told the Manchester Evening News. "They showed the character and temperament to handle playing in front of a 50,000-plus crowd at Old Trafford.
"We teach them good habits and I have been delighted that when some of them have gone off to train with the first team, I have been getting good reports back from the manager, Mick Phelan and Rene Meulensteen about them."
As well as the four fledgling starters, United's bench was packed with young talent on Tuesday - with the likes of Darron Gibson, Tom Cleverley, Richard Eckersley, David Gray and Ron-Robert Zieler all involved.
Solskjaer is certain that the club's famously fruitful conveyer belt of youngsters is in good working order, and will supply more potential first-teamers in the coming years.
"There are huge demands on players at United, but I think there are loads in the Under-16s and Under-18s and the Reserve team who we will see play in the first team," he said.
"It is not like they won't get a chance here. It is the tradition and we have some great players coming through who will keep that tradition going.
"We have a good set of players who we hope and think have a chance of making it. They have sessions with the first team and they come back from them with a renewed energy.
"They want to be training and playing with the likes of Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney. That's what they dream about.
"They know from the manager's track record that if they do well they will stay in his thoughts and plans. It is important young players do get a chance and they will here."
Fletch eyes winning run
."Darren Fletcher says the Reds are fully focused on getting back to winning ways in the league, starting against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.
An encouraging draw at Stamford Bridge last weekend was followed by an impressive display against Middlesbrough in the Carling Cup in midweek culminating in a fully deserved 3-1 victory.
The Scottish midfielder is hoping the Reds can carry their improved form into Saturday's clash with the Trotters which will be United's first league game on home turf for nearly six weeks.
"It seems weird to be playing a game at home and at 3 o'clock!" he joked. "We've had a really difficult start to the season in terms of some tough away games, so it'll be good to get back to playing at home.
"We need to get back to winning ways and get some points on the board. Hopefully it's just a case of things falling into the place as they did at the start of last season.
"Even though we haven't been able to take all our chances, the important thing is we've been creating them. We'd be more worried if we weren't getting in the positions and creating opportunities. I'm sure the goals will eventually come because we've got top quality players."
A solitary victory over Portsmouth from their opening four league matches has left the Reds hovering around mid-table, seven points adrift of leaders Arsenal. Sir Alex's men do, however, have a game in hand against Fulham.
"The fact that we're one game behind means the points gap appears to be bigger than it could turn out to be," reasoned Fletcher.
"We're a few points behind at the moment, so it's important that we go on a winning run of five, six, seven games and maybe even more - the team is certainly capable of that.
"It's something we know we have to do and hopefully a win against Bolton will kick-start the run
2-0 win. Looks like a decent result but if u include all the chances Man Utd had, it dun look too good. Over 30 shots on goal and only managed 2......hmm...
Rooney's goal and its build up to it is excellent.
Report: United 2 Bolton 0
It was those familiar names – Ronaldo and Rooney – on the scoresheet once again at Old Trafford as United beat Bolton Wanderers 2-0.
And although referee Rob Styles gifted the Reds a penalty to open the scoring after an hour, Sir Alex’s men proved their superiority time and time again over the 90 minutes. As has been the case over the years, only the brilliance of Jussi Jaaskelainen in the Bolton goal kept the score respectable.
The manager made four changes to the side that drew 1-1 at Chelsea last weekend. Despite five goals in his last five starts against Bolton, Wayne Rooney had to be content with a place on the bench. He was joined there by fellow Stamford Bridge starters Paul Scholes and Jonny Evans.
Nemanja Vidic reclaimed his spot in the heart of the Reds’ defence, while Cristiano Ronaldo earned his first league start of the season. Anderson replaced Owen Hargreaves in midfield, with Sir Alex opting for Carlos Tevez up front alongside Dimitar Berbatov.
But it was Bolton who engineered the first shot on goal, Kevin Nolan firing a crisp half-volley into van der Sar’s midriff after just two minutes. The Trotters enjoyed the lion’s share of possession early on and the visiting fans were in fine voice.
Then the Reds stepped up a gear. Anderson, Berbatov and Ronaldo combined well before the Bulgarian had half a chance to head United into the lead on 12 minutes. Fletcher’s pinpoint cross found the former Spurs forward eight yards from goal but his header lacked the necessary power to beat Jaaskelainen.
United went close again after a quarter of an hour when the ‘keeper spilled Tevez’s shot into the path of Ji-sung Park. Unlike last weekend at Stamford Bridge, however, Park couldn’t direct the follow-up into the net.
Bolton’s custodian was called into action once again in order to beat out Ronaldo’s free-kick after Gavin McCann had unceremoniously upended the winger 25 yards from goal.
Anderson was next to stretch the Finn, with a curling shot from a right angle on 34 minutes. He tipped that effort over the bar and then flung himself to his left two minutes later to keep out Rio Ferdinand’s half-volley.
Despite United’s dominance the Reds almost went into the break a goal down. Only Fabrice Muamba will know how he missed the best chance of the match, blazing wide from eight yards when he had both space and time to pick his spot.
Normal service resumed after the break, with Ronaldo’s scuffed shot hitting the post on 49 minutes. Then it was a last-ditch block that denied the Portuguese international the opener after an exquisite ball from Berbatov found Ji-sung Park in space.
Ronny did find the net on the hour, although referee Rob Styles’ decision to award United a penalty for an alleged trip on the no.7 was rather bizarre. With Ronaldo cutting across the penalty area from the right wing, Jlloyd Samuel made contact only with the ball as he halted the winger’s run. Styles, however, deemed the tackle illegal and had little hesitation pointing to the penalty spot.
When Bolton’s protests died down, Ronny calmly strode forward, stuttered in his run-up and sent Jaaskelainen the wrong way to put the Reds in front.
The goal prompted changes from Sir Alex shortly afterwards, with Tevez and Anderson making way for Rooney and Scholes. Rooney looked particularly sharp and sparked almost from the moment he set foot on the pitch. It was hardly surprising, then, that the no.10 added his name to the scoresheet six minutes after his introduction.
Ronaldo darted into the Bolton area and, with Rooney following his lead, backheeled the ball into the England striker’s path. Wazza shaped to shoot first time but sold a dummy to his marker. That made him enough time to look up, pick his spot and curl the ball beautifully into the far corner.
Scholes and Berbatov both could have added a third before the end, but it mattered little as United picked up a deserved three points. It wasn’t quite top gear but there was enough promise to suggest that's just around the corner.
United: Van der Sar; Neville, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra; Ronaldo (Nani 80), Fletcher, Anderson (Scholes 71), Park; Tevez (Rooney 71), Berbatov
Subs not used: Amos, Evans, O’Shea, Giggs
Bolton: Jaaskelainen; Steinsson, Cahill, A O’Brien, Samuel; Davies, Muamba, McCann, Nolan, Gardner (Smolarek 73); Elmander (Vaz Te 67)
Subs not used: Al Habsi, J O’Brien, Shittu, Taylor, Riga
Booked: Elmander, McCann, Davies
Bosses bemused by penalty award
One talking point dominated the banter after United's win over Bolton - referee Rob Styles' decision to award a penalty to the Reds in the second half.
"Rob Styles has dropped a massive clanger. It was one of the worst refereeing decisions ever," said Reds legend Lou Macari, speaking on MUTV.
Bolton boss Gary Megson complained in his press conference, "It was a nonsense decision. After all the talk about technology being used to help referees, what did we come up with this summer? A campaign to show more respect to referees. How ironic."
Sir Alex Ferguson empathised with his opposite number but was naturally delighted to take the "lucky break" that enabled Cristiano Ronaldo to score the breakthrough goal from the spot after being tackled by Jloyd Samuel.
"I was surprised (by the decision)," Sir Alex told MUTV.
"I haven't seen it again (on TV yet) but it looked to me as if the Bolton player (Samuel) got a foot on the ball.
"But Rob Styles turned down four or five for us last season, so maybe we're getting payback now. But he still owes us four!
"It was a little break for us. I still think we would have won the game okay but when the opposition are sitting in front of the penalty box and defending with the determination that Bolton showed, it's difficult to break them down. You need little breaks like that."
Berba: I'd rather win than score
Dimitar Berbatov doesn’t care if he fails to find the net… as long as United keep winning.
The former Tottenham Hotspur striker has yet to open his account for the Reds but shone in his home debut against Bolton. The 27-year-old was disappointed not to get on the scoresheet but insisted there are more important issues.
“I really wanted to score a goal,” he told MUTV. “But the three points are the most important thing and we were the better team today. We scored two goals but missed four or five chances.”
Incredibly, some critics had blasted Berbatov after just two appearances for the Reds. But the Bulgarian let his football do the talking on Saturday, with an inspired performance alongside Carlos Tevez and, later, Wayne Rooney.
“I’m happy with how I’m playing, particularly after today,” he said. “The game was good for me. I didn’t take my chances so hopefully in the future I will score.
“I think today was a big improvement from myself and from the team. I’m working really hard to help the team and so I can develop a better understanding with everyone. I’m sure that will happen.”
He certainly impressed his manager. Sir Alex was effusive in his praise for the recent arrival and heralded his ability to control the ball under pressure.
"We learned today how good Berbatov is," Sir Alex said.
"You don't need to pass to him in space all the time. You can pass to him when he's marked – he's brilliant at that and he produced some great moments, as did a lot of the players. His touch was fantastic at times."
Berbatov's best moments arguably came after the introduction of Wayne Rooney on 71 minutes, a fact not lost on the Bulgarian.
“What can I say about this guy?" Berbatov said. "Wayne came on and scored a wonderful goal. In fact, when [he and Paul Scholes] came on our football improved a lot.”
Subs thrill Sir Alex
United's second-half performance against Bolton epitomised the squad game for Sir Alex Ferguson.
Three attacking substitutes helped the Reds to claim the two-goal cushion that a lion's share of the possession merited - the first two, Wayne Rooney and Paul Scholes, earning particular praise from their boss.
"If we're getting responses like Wayne's, in the squad we have, then it's terrific for the club," said Sir Alex, after rating Rooney's goal as "fantastic."
As for Scholes, the manager added: "On these hot days we feel it's better to bring on Paul as a sub when the game's cooled down a bit in the second half. I think it was his 400th league game today and he showed why he's played 400 league games at our club. Marvellous stuff at times."
Nani later became United's third sub and came close to scoring the third goal with a few decent attempts. It meant the Reds ended the second half in a more menacing manner than they had the first. Indeed, for all the champions' first-period dominance, it was Bolton who almost took a half-time lead through Fabrice Muamba.
"We were careless with our possession at time in the first half and we got caught on the counter attack," conceded Sir Alex.
"I felt we played too tightly. There were too many six-yard passes, instead of spreading the game quicker. In the second half we had far more width in our game and I'm very satisfied with how the game turned out.
"I think it was a well deserved victory. We played some fantastic football at times - we have the individuals to do that when you consider the skills of Scholes, Anderson, Ronaldo, Rooney, Tevez and Berbatov.
"There is an array of talent here. We just have to garner it together and get compact teamwork out of it."
Sir Alex could shuffle his side again in midweek, for a somewhat different test in the shape of Aalborg BK away in the Champions League.
"I opted to leave Wes Brown out but he'll be involved on Tuesday," said Sir Alex. However there was some bad news for another absentee from the 18 selected against Bolton.
"Hargreaves is feeling his knee again," revealed the manager.
Ratings: United v Bolton
Edwin van der Sar
The Dutchman was never really stretched but showed good handling with the few crosses he was called on to take.
Confident and composed at right back, club captain Neville now looks back to match fitness. Spotted in the opposition box on a number of occasions.
When was the last time Rio put a foot wrong? Once again he was a rock at the heart of the back four and almost went close with a left-foot volley in the first half.
Vida faced a tough physical challenge from the big Swede Elmander but dealt with everything that came his way. An assured performance after a week out of action.
After being pegged back somewhat by Bosingwa at Chelsea, Patrice enjoyed the chance to bomb forward down the left wing. Surely the most skilful left back in England.
Took time to warm up but won the Reds a (dubious) penalty and stayed calm to open the scoring. Not every flick and trick came off but it’s clear he’s on his way back to his best.
Darren didn’t penetrate much from the centre of midfield, but he kept the ball moving and dictated the tempo of United’s play. A classy, if understated, performance.
The Brazilian relished the physical challenge and passed with his usual precision. Had a shot tipped over the bar but was just as influential in defence. Made the Reds tick in the first half.
The South Korean had a tough early chance to send United ahead but his shot hit the side-netting. Looked busy down the right flank but his final ball was missing on occasion.
The Argentina international didn’t have much luck but kept chipping away at the Bolton defence. He worked his socks off and had a few shots blocked.
Two early headers underlined his aerial ability but the Bulgarian’s real class shone through in the second half. A number of touches, flicks and passes drew sighs of admiration from the crowd.
Wayne Rooney (on after 71 minutes)
A brilliant cameo. He was on for just 20 minutes but, like at Villa last season, stamped his authority on the match. His goal was one of the best you’ll see at Old Trafford this term.
Paul Scholes (on after 71 minutes)
Once again Scholesy proved his class. Like Rooney he only had 20 minutes but wow, what an impact! The only thing missing was a goal, which he perhaps should have had with a late header.
Nani (on after 80 minutes)
Only on for 10 minutes but almost put the Reds 3-0 up. He forced a fine save from Jaasklenainen and will have delighted Sir Alex with this sprightly performance.
U18s: Stoke 0 United 4
The under-18s are hot!!! If our first team could score like them is the best liao!United's Academy side remain undefeated this season after crushing Stoke City 4-0 on Saturday.
Two goals from Nicky Ajose and one apiece from Joe Curran and Federico Macheda clinched victory against a Stoke side who rarely threatened the Reds' goal.
Ajose opened the scoring when he latched onto Oliver Norwood's clever pass and finished calmly past the advancing goalkeeper. He then made it 2-0 moments later from the edge of the box with a sublime curling shot on the turn.
Chris Curran added a third shortly before half-time when he cut in from the right wing before firing back across goal into the bottom corner. The Reds' fourth came via Italian striker Federico Macheda, who squeezed his shot past the Stoke goalkeeper from a tight angle.
Paul McGuinness' side now have 11 points from five games and will face Crewe Alexandra next on Saturday 4 October.
Reds to face QPR
Its been a long time snice we last play QPR!Sir Alex's men will face Championship side Queens Park Rangers at Old Trafford in the Carling Cup fourth round.
The clubs have never met in the League Cup and last faced each other in the Premier League back in 1996.
At the time of the fourth round draw, Rangers were lying fourth in the Championship. Many experts have tipped the London side to win promotion this season.
The Carling Cup tie will be played in the week commencing Monday 10 November. Ticket news will be published on ManUtd.com as soon as it's known, so please check back regularly for updates.
Elsewhere, Arsenal and Chelsea were both handed home draws, while Liverpool travel to Tottenham Hotspur.
Carling Cup fourth round
Sunderland v Blackburn Rovers
Arsenal v Wigan Athletic
Chelsea v Burnley
Swansea City v Watford
United v Queens Park Rangers
Stoke City v Rotherham United
Brighton or Derby v Leeds United
Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool
* Ties to be played week commencing 10 November.
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