League Cup Round 3 – 23.9.08
Pogatetz’s thuggery will probably be better remembered by United fans that the result of this game, which saw United progress to the next round of the League Cup.
Ronaldo gave us the lead early on in his first start for the club since his operation over the summer. However Boro equalised after half time, which prompted Fergie to bring Tevez on for Ronaldo.
Ten minutes after their goal, Boro went down to ten men, following Pogatetz’s horrific lunge on Rodrigo Possebon, with initial reports fearing the worst for our young Brazilian.
Regardless, we made even lighter work of our opposition when having a man more, with Giggs putting us ahead before Nani sealed the win in injury time.
United 3 – 1 Middlesbrough
League Cup Round 4 – 11.11.08
This was supposed to be an easy game but a fairly dreadful performance saw us end the game luckily, thanks to a foul on substitute Danny Welbeck in the box. Tevez put it away to get us the win, but it was a far from convincing display.
There was enough experience in the side with Neville, Tevez, Park, Nani and Anderson all starting, but we played a disjointed game, whilst QPR defended from start to finish.
United 1 – 0 QPR
League Cup quarter-final – 3.12.08
Getting drawn against Paul Ince’s Blackburn was a result, with most United fans seeking any opportunity possible to inflict pain on that rat-muching prick.
We were 2-0 up at half time, with goals from Nani and Tevez, before McCarthy grabbed a goal just after half time. Tevez went on to claim his hattrick within the next five minutes, giving us a comfortable 4-1 win. It should have been all over.
However, thanks to sloppy defending, Blackburn scored another two goals in the last five minutes, taking it to 4-3. Then, man of the match, Carlos Tevez, scored his fourth to seal the 5-3 win. A bit of a shambles but a result never the less.
Despite scoring four goals, Tevez was back on the bench for our next league game.
United 5 – 3 Blackburn
League Cup semifinals – 7.1.09 and 20.1.09
We lost the first leg at Pride Park courtesy of a great goal from Kristian Commons. United didn’t really show up and Derby were deserved winners. Rooney, Ronaldo and Carrick all came off the bench but to no avail.
In the return leg, United meant business, going in 3-0 up at half time. The usual suspects in this competition, Tevez and Nani, got on the scoresheet, as well as John O’Shea, who didn’t quite know how to react after scoring. It’d been a while, eh John.
Just like against Blackburn though, we leaked goals in the closing stages, with Giles Barnes scoring a penalty and a lovely freekick. Ronaldo had scored our fourth though and we were going to the final!
United 4 – 3 Derby (agg)