Thu, 29 Oct, 2015, 09:23
Wayne Rooney missed his spot kick as Manchester United crashed out of the League Cup on penalties to Middlesbrough following a goalless 120 minutes at Old Trafford.
Middlesbrough thought they had taken the lead in the second half when Kike struck the post before Daley Blind, in an attempt to clear, slammed the ball into his own net. Fortunately for the Dutchman, play was stopped for an earlier offside.
There were also heart-in-mouth moments for both goalkeepers as Thomas Mejias nearly spilled a Memphis Depay shot into his net while Sergio Romero allowed a back-pass to roll under his foot, but it went wide of the post.
As the game edged towards the shootout, United had a plethora of chances to win the game with Marouane Fellaini, Anthony Martial and Andreas Pereira all coming within inches of snatching win.
Rooney and Michael Carrick – United’s two most senior players – both missed their spot kicks before Ashley Young missed the vital one to send Middlesbrough through.
At Anfield, Jurgen Klopp oversaw his first win as Liverpool manager with a 1-0 victory over Bournemouth.
Liverpool started well with youngster Joao Teixeira the stand out player as his stunning backheeled effort was cleared off the line but Nathaniel Clyne followed in to score on 17 minutes.
However it was far from convincing as Bournemouth pressurised throughout without creating anything clear-cut.
Klopp was visibly relieved to end his run of three straight draws at the final whistle as he went around hugging every member of the Liverpool squad on their way off the pitch.
Elsewhere in the north-west, Manchester City sailed through to the quarter finals after a comfortable 5-1 win over Crystal Palace.
Manuel Pellegrini named a relatively strong starting line-up and it was only 22 minutes before Wilfried Bony continued his hot goalscoring streak.
Record signing Kevin De Bruyne doubled the lead with a tap in at the back post after good work from Kelechi Iheanacho – who scored the winner against Palace in the league game in September.
And it was roles reversed for the third when De Bruyne squared to Iheanacho before a 76th minute Yaya Toure penalty buried Palace.
Damien Delaney got a consolatory goal at the death with a fine header before Manu Garcia found time to score a fifth for the hosts as City who went through.
Managerless Aston Villa’s torrid season continued away to Southampton as, despite a promising first half, they were knocked out after a 2-0 defeat.
Despite Rudy Gestede looking dangerous for Villa, who were led by caretaker manager Kevin MacDonald, they fell behind to a rare Maya Yoshida goal after good work from Gaston Ramirez.
The second came from Graziano Pelle who volleyed home before Scott Sinclair scored a consolation last minute penalty for Villa, but it is the Saints who march on to the next round.