Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Man U back to winning ways

26 October 2011, 09:24

London - Manchester United bounced back from their derby humiliation by cruising to a 3-0 victory over forth-tier club Aldershot in the League Cup, while Arsenal overcame Premier League rivals Bolton 2-1 to advance to the quarter-finals on Tuesday.

Dimitar Berbatov, Michael Owen and Antonio Valencia scored United's goals at Aldershot after being left out of the team that lost 6-1 to Manchester City on Sunday.

"Sometimes you need a kick in the teeth to get going again," Owen said. "And we were eager to bounce back."

Arsenal, who lost last season's League Cup final to Birmingham, recovered from a goal down against Bolton, with Andrei Arshavin and Chu-Young Park securing the home side's progress.

In Tuesday's other cup matches, Cardiff beat Burnley 1-0 while second-tier leaders Southampton lost 2-0 to Crystal Palace.

United had the perfect tonic after their heaviest home defeat in the league since 1955, with a completely changed team having little trouble disposing of the lowest-ranked side left in the League Cup.

Berbatov netted his first goal of the season after 15 minutes after a one-two between Park Ji-sung and Tom Cleverley on the edge of the box ended with the Bulgaria striker slotting into the net.

He turned provider just before half-time, setting up Owen's third goal of the campaign. The English forward's shot straight down the middle managed to beat goalkeeper Ross Worner.

And the victory was put beyond doubt by Valencia's fierce strike three minutes into the second half.

"We were under a little bit of pressure after the result at the weekend," Owen said. "We had United's reputation to look after ... we wanted to bounce and thankfully we got the result."

At Emirates Stadium, after a scoreless first half, the match went into overdrive after the interval, with three goals in less than 10 minutes.

Bolton opened the scoring in the 48th, when Fabrice Muamba dispossessed Emmanuel Frimpong near the halfway line. Muamba turned and charged through the middle toward goal, exchanging passes with Darren Pratley before volleying past Arsenal goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski from inside the area.

Arsenal equalised six minutes later when Arshavin's run down the right evaded Bolton's defense and he curled a shot past Bolton goalkeeper Adam Bogdan.

Three minutes later, Arshavin's run through the middle drew three Bolton defenders and the Russian passed to Park, who was alone on the left. The South Korea international curled a powerful shot past Bogdan to make it 2-1 in the 57th minute.

Bolton had several chances to equalise, including in the 74th when Fabianski misjudged a shot from Chris Eagles and nearly pushed the ball over his head and into his own net.

There are four all-Premier League matches in the competition on Wednesday.

Man City, who are five points clear at the top of the Premier League, travel to Wolverhampton Wanderers, Chelsea are at Everton, Stoke host Liverpool and Blackburn face Newcastle.

- AP


Conte denies humiliating Jose

24 October 2016, 19:07

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Shakila Alivitsa
Why do men choose second wives?

Why do men choose to have second wives?

Submitted by
Eugene Odanga
Udada women's festival begins in ...

The Udada women's festival has arrived in Nairobi.

Submitted by
Eugene Odanga
WATCH: Kaka Sungura arrested in t...

Was Kaka Sungura arrested in town?

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
Ababu chased by rowdy youth durin...

Ababu Namwamba was chased off by rowdy youth in a rally, after being accused of supporting the Jubilee Party. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
Has Uhuru done enough for Kenyan ...

Has President Uhuru Kenyatta done enough to lift the lives of Kenyan youth? Read more...

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
COMMENT: Peter Kenneth adds no va...

Peter Kenneth adds no value to the Jubilee Party's 2017 bid, experts argue. Read more...