Manchester United won 3-0 at League Two club Aldershot to reach the quarterfinals of English soccer’s Carling Cup, while Arsenal rallied to beat Bolton 2-1.
Dimitar Berbatov, Michael Owen and Antonio Valencia scored yesterday for United, which is aiming to win the competition for a fourth time in seven seasons. Arsenal rallied to maintain its chances of reaching a second straight final.
“Aldershot fought really hard and can take a lot of credit,” United manager Alex Ferguson told Sky Sports. “We’re satisfied. In cup ties the important thing is winning the game and we’re in the next round now.”
In games between clubs in the second-tier Championship, Crystal Palace defeated Southampton 2-0 and Cardiff City beat Burnley 1-0.
None of the players who began the 6-1 Premier League home defeat to Manchester City two days ago were in the United starting lineup last night.
“Whatever side was put out we wanted to bounce back and thankfully we got the win,” Owen told Sky Sports. “Sometimes you need a kick in the teeth to get going and it was a big kick in the teeth, as everybody knows.”
The Bulgarian slid the ball into the net following an exchange of passes between Park Ji-sung and Tom Cleverley on the edge of the penalty area.
Berbatov then set up Owen four minutes before halftime for the second goal.
Valencia made certain of the win over the lowest-ranked team to reach the fourth round with a 20-yard (18 meter) effort just after halftime.
United squandered opportunities to increase its advantage, while Aldershot had a late flurry including a curling free kick from Luke Guttridge that forced a diving save from United goalkeeper Ben Amos.
Arsenal trailed early in the second half at its Emirates Stadium to a goal from Fabrice Muamba, who started his career with the Gunners.
Andrey Arshavin tied the game on 53 minutes with a low shot and three minutes later Arsenal took the lead through Chu-Young Park’s first goal for the club.
Arsenal has twice lost in the final in the past five seasons, including against Birmingham City this year. It last won the competition in 1993.
Goals from Darren Ambrose and Jermaine Easter sealed Palace’s quarterfinal spot, with Cardiff advancing on a goal from Joe Mason.
Tomorrow, record seven-time winner Liverpool is at Stoke City, Wolverhampton Wanderers hosts Premier League leader Manchester City, Blackburn faces Newcastle and Chelsea is at Everton.
The quarterfinal draw is on Oct. 29, with the matches played the week of Nov. 28.