Two stunning strikes from Ashley Young and Patrice Evra saw Manchester United progress to the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup at Stoke’s expense.
Rain hindered the flow of the first half with play temporarily suspended in the 29th minute because of hail. But then Young lit up the match with an unstoppable effort from the edge of the box which gave the United the lead. Evra then made sure of United’s place in the last four by curling home a right-footed strike Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand – “Lovely result tonight. Great conditions – wind, sleet, rain, cold…. Perfect! Well done Ashley Young, getting your goal & assist for Pat!”
Stoke manager Mark Hughes: “I thought we made a fair fist of it in the first half against all the elements and thought we were in decent shape. Our organisation was good, United weren’t creating too many chances. “But United, on the night, deserved to win, they just had a little bit more power and pace. We weren’t able to ask enough questions of them in the second half.”
Semi Final Draw
Sunderland v Manchester United
Man City v West Ham United
Stoke: Sorensen, Cameron, Shawcross, Wilson, Pieters, Palacios, Whelan, Walters, Ireland, Assaidi, Crouch. Subs: Begovic, Muniesa, Pennant, Jones, Arnautovic, Adam, Wilkinson.
Man Utd: De Gea, Rafael Da Silva, Smalling, Evans, Evra, Cleverley, Jones, Anderson, Valencia, Welbeck, Young. Subs: Hernandez, Nani, Fletcher, Kagawa, Buttner, Zaha, Johnstone.
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)