Date: 1st December 2005 at 10:49am
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MAN UTD: Howard, Neville, Ferdinand, Silvestre, O’Shea (Pique 67), Ronaldo, Fletcher (Jones 59), Park (Bardsley 63), Richardson, Rossi, Saha.
Subs Not Used: Rooney, Steele.

WBA: Hoult, Albrechtsen, Moore (Gaardsoe 45), Clement, Robinson, Kamara (Earnshaw 70), Wallwork, Carter, Inamoto, Horsfield (Chaplow 66), Ellington.
Subs Not Used: Greening, Kuszczak.


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United moved into the Carling Cup last eight with a goal from Cristiano Ronaldo, the current No 7. There was a coolness the way he buried his penalty calmly into the bottom corner, giving Russell Hoult no chance.

The goal gave United a flying start and Luis Saha’s strike was his first since January. O’Shea took Saha’s return ball down with one touch, then belted a superb volley past Hoult.

Nathan Ellington pulled one back for the visitors 14 minutes from time but it was never going to be any more than a consolation.

At the final whistle, Best’s name reverberated around the ground, the home fans content his flamboyant legacy to the club had been upheld.




Bolton 2 Leicester 1
Charlton 2 Blackburn 3
Man Utd 3 West Brom 1
Middlesbrough 2 Crystal Palace 1
Wigan 1 Newcastle 0
Arsenal 3 Reading 0
Doncaster 3 Aston Villa 0
Millwall 2 Birmingham 2