Manchester United downed Manchester City, 3-1, to advance to the the Carling Cup final with a 4-3 aggregate win. The hero was Wayne Rooney
-- and not just because his stoppage-time
goal that made the difference.
"In the first half Rooney foraged alone up front," writes Richard Williams
, "ceaselessly searching for the long
balls aimed from deep midfield and drawing an early save from Shay Given
. Six minutes into the second half, after Micah Richards
's run and shot had almost given
City the lead, he changed the shape and mood of the [series] by driving a magnificent diagonal ball across from the left touchline to send [Ryan
on the run
that led to [Paul
's strike. And finally, in stoppage time, the perfect timing of his run and header killed off City's hopes.
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