Owen strikes in United win

Manchester United beat Aldershot 3-0 on Tuesday night in the Carling Cup, as the Premier League champions look to put their 6-1 humiliation at the hands of Manchester City behind them.

Goals from Dimitar Berbatov, Antonio Valencia and Michael Owen gave Sir Alex Ferguson’s men a comfortable win, which sees them progress to the next round of the competition.

Owen has been predominantly used in the cup, with Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck preferred in the league, but the former Newcastle striker has admitted that the club are focussed after their derby defeat.

“The laughs and the jokes have quietened down a little bit,” Owen told Sky Sports after the victory.

“It focused the mind and sometimes you need a kick in the teeth to get going again and concentrate on the basics again. It was a big kick in the teeth, as everyone knows, and we are eager to bounce back.

“We were a little bit under pressure with the result at the weekend, and as much as you say no-one here started at the weekend, we still have Man United’s reputation to look after in many ways.

“No matter what side we put out today, we wanted to bounce back and thankfully we got the win and roll on Everton now,” he stated.

Owen also stated his contentment with the team’s performance, and admitted anything other than a win would have been disastrous.

“It could have been a tough tie and we needed to be at it for the first half. As it happened, it was quite similar to the last tie (against Leeds) in that we got 3-0 up and took our foot off the gas a little bit.

“It was a decent game. We played some good stuff in the first half and they played with credit as well,” he concluded.

With United expected to win the game on Tuesday, all eyes will now be on the Premier League champions on Saturday, as they face a tougher test in the form of Everton at Goodison Park.

By Gareth McKnight

 


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