United shoot out Spurs to win League Cup

Manchester United won the League Cup with a 4-1 penalty shootout victory over Tottenham...

Written by Associated Press | Wembley | Published: March 2, 2009 12:44 am

Manchester United won the League Cup with a 4-1 penalty shootout victory over Tottenham on Sunday that kept the English league leaders on course for an unprecedented five trophies this season.

After a 0-0 draw through extra time,United goalkeeper Ben Foster saved Tottenham’s first shootout kick from Jamie O’Hara and David Bentley missed the third before Anderson hit the winning penalty. The victory gave United their second trophy of the season following December’s Club World Cup title. The Red Devils also lead the Premier League by seven points and are in contention for the Champions League and FA Cup.

United showed the resources they will have to draw upon if they are to triumph in its other competitions this season,introducing substitutes Nemanja Vidic,Ryan Giggs and Anderson to bolster their line-up. Foster made two crucial saves during the match to deny Aaron Lennon and Darren Bent and prevent defending champion Tottenham from retaining the trophy. But United could have also won the match in regular time when Cristiano Ronaldo,who scored in the shootout alongside Giggs and Carlos Tevez,hit the post in injury time.

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp brought on Jamie O’Hara to help collect those crosses in the 65th minute,but that was toward the end of his team’s most threatening spell. Foster saved Lennon’s fierce shot in the 71st and then did the same to Bent in extra time.

The difference between the teams seemed to be the strength in depth. While O’Hara and Bentley both missed penalties after coming on as substitutes,Giggs scored for United.

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