United go through to Carling Cup quarter finals

Danny Welbeck, Manchester United

Holders Manchester United are through to the quarter finals of the Carling Cup after a 2-0 victory over Barnsley at Oakwell. United changed their starting line-up completely from the side who lost 2-0 at Liverpool on Sunday and were too strong for the Championship side. United took the lead in 6th minute through a header from 18 year-old Danny Welbeck after an Anderson corner.

Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen made it 2-0 with a neat and tidy finish. It didnt all go the Red Devils way as defender Gary Neville received a straight red card for a poor tackle on Tykes midfielder Adam Hammill. Despite their man advantage the Tykes couldn’t get back into the clash.

Tottenham progressed to the quarter-finals of the competition with a comfortable 2-0 victory over injury-hit Everton at White Hart Lane. The game was an even affair until the 31st minute and Tom Huddlestone’s superb long range effort.

The home side doubled their lead in the second half. Robbie Keane was brought down in the penalty area by Everton defender Sylvain Distin. The Irish striker’s penalty was saved superbly by Everton keeper Tim Howard. The American also saved the rebound but somehow amongst an enormous scramble Keane managed to find a finish past everybody. Everton couldn’t find a way back into the game.

Arsenal defeated Liverpool 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium. The home side took the lead in the 19th minute through a superb effort from Spanish starlet Fran Merida. Liverpool were level seven minutes later as left-back Emiliano Insua equalised for the visitors with another superb finish. Danish striker Nicklas Bendtner scored the winner in the 50th minute after a superb team move. Liverpool probed and applied to some pressure to the young Gunners but couldn’t find an equaliser.

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