Man Utd 2 Swindon Town 1
Swindon Town, who had knocked out Wolverhampton Wanderers and Queens Park Rangers to reach the third round of the League Cup, had a few chances early on, but The Robins were denied by Raimond van der Gouw in the Manchester United goal. The Premier League team ultimately broke the defensive deadlock in the 19th minute when Karel Poborsky received a through ball from Paul Scholes before putting the ball past Swindon shot stopper Frank Talia and into the bottom right corner of the net. Seven minutes into the second half, Peter Thorne levelled the score for Swindon, but Manchester United had the last word as Scholes found the target for the hosts with a low shot that went in off the left-hand post in the 72th minute of the tie. Manchester United Team: Raimond van der Gouw, Gary Neville, Chris Casper, David May, Phil Neville, Michael Appleton, Roy Keane, Brian McClair, Karel Poborsky, Paul Scholes, Ben Thornley. Substitute: Simon Davies. Swindon Town Team: Frank Talia, Ian Culverhouse, Frederick Darras, Gary Elkins, Mark Robinson, Mark Seagraves, Kevin Horlock, Scott Leitch, Wayne Allison, Peter Thorne, Mark Walters. Substitute: Steve Cowe.
Michael Appleton Quickfacts
After making just two first team appearances for Manchester United under Alex Ferguson, Michael Appleton was transferred to Preston North End for £500,000 at the start of the 1997–98 season.