On Form Hernandez Hits Last Minute Strike to Secure Quarter-Final Place

Javier Hernandez Scored a Late Winner

By Ryan C. Gavan

Manchester United won at Old Trafford 3-2 thanks to a late strike from Javier Hernandez in the 4th round of the Carling Cup last night.

Despite Wolves coming from behind twice they failed to stop a 20 game unbeaten run in the Carling Cup from United.  The game came to life in the second half. United came out fighting in the 55th minute a Bebe chip initially looked to be cleared off the line. It was given as a goal by the assistant referee but the replays show that the ball did cross the goal line.

This led to newly injected Wolves that scored in the 59th from a well struck corner met the head of Sylvio Ebanks-Blake, drawing level.
After some end to end football, Park burst through from the half way line to the Wolves box, playing a one-two with Antonio Macheda before burying it in the net, giving United the lead in the 69th.
The action did not stop there. A Darren Gibson mistake gave Ebanks-Blake the ball allowing him to pass to Steven Fletcher who kicked a back-heel to Steven Foley, allowing him to spin and shoot, bringing the game level at 2-2 in the 76th.
Ferguson decided to bring on the recently well performing Javier Hernandez in the 80th minute, which made an instant impact. Hungry for the ball, he caused problems for the Wolves defence. This culminated in the 89th minute where young Hernandez picked up a pass from Gibson, dodging tackles in the box for a calm finish to win the match for United and securing them a place in the quarter-final.

The run of play was in Manchester United’s favour throughout the first half. Bebe penetrated the right-wing, despite match sharpness. Obertan had chances in the 5th and 11th minute but not troubling the keeper at either attempt.

United fielded a team of mainly youngsters. The only regulars playing were Brown, Park and Carrick. The controversial signing Bebe making his first team debut for the club. Van Der Sar was rested as Ben Amos resided between the sticks for his club debut.

Both teams seemed rather cagey throughout the first half with Wolves having the best of the chances in the 12th minute. A quickly free kick resulted in a drive from Wolves leading Ben Amos to make a bumbling save.