Michael Owen was happy to get back in to the team, and on to the scoresheet, after our 5-2 victory over Championship side, Scunthorpe. The victory meant even more when learning that City, Liverpool and Chelsea had all lost, to add to Spurs and Everton who were knocked out the day before, given that United are now clear favourites to retain the trophy.

“There are a few of us who haven’t been playing a lot this season and needed the game, and Scunthorpe made a real game of it,” said Owen. “They’re obviously very fit and they never stopped going forward. We scored five goals but they could have scored a few as well. It was a good game. There were a lot of players there tonight that needed that first game; be it players coming back from injury or players who just haven’t played, so that was beneficial to us. All in all it was a good workout and we’re pleased to get through to the next round – especially seeing the other results!”