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Javier Hernandez

Man­chester Uni­ted 3 Wolver­hampton Wan­derers 2, Old Traf­ford, Eng­lish Foot­ball Lea­gue Cup Fourth Ro­und, Oct­ober 26, 2010. Javi­er Her­nandez grabbed a late win­ner to take Carling Cup hold­ers Man­chester Uni­ted in­to the Lea­gue Cup Quart­er-Fi­nals wi­th a nar­row 3-2 tri­umph ag­ainst Wolver­hampton Wan­derers. In front of a 45,000 crowd at Old Traf­ford, Chi­charito came off the sub­stitutes’ bench in the sec­ond pe­riod to se­cure vic­tory for United.

In the pre­vi­ous meet­ing be­tween Man­chester Uni­ted and Wolver­hampton Wan­derers on the 6th of Mar­ch 2010, The Reds had edged out the Black Coun­try club by a clo­se 1-0 score at Mo­lineux thanks to a late sec­ond pe­riod goal from ever­green mid­field vet­er­an Paul Scho­les. The Old Traf­ford si­de had beaten Cham­pi­on­ship te­am Scun­thorpe Uni­ted 5-2 at Glan­ford Park to reach the Lea­gue Cup Fourth Ro­und, where­as Wolver­hampton had de­feated Lea­gue One si­de Notts Coun­ty 4-2 at Mo­lineux af­ter ex­tra time to pro­gress thro­ugh to the next ro­und of the com­pet­i­tion. Man­chester Uni­ted had to make do with­out the ser­vices of Ry­an Gig­gs be­cause of in­jury prob­lems, but Jon­ny Evans was back af­ter be­ing side­lined wi­th a hip prob­lem. Wol­ves, for their part, were with­out the phys­ic­al pres­ence of Jody Crad­dock, Mi­chael Kightly, and Ron­ald Zubar who were all side­lined wi­th dif­fer­ent in­jur­ies. Sir Al­ex Ferguson´s men failed to sparkle for long spells ag­ainst a de­fens­ive minded away te­am, but sec­ond ha­lf goals from Ti­ago Bebe, Ji-Sung Park, and Javi­er Her­nandez sent the Old Traf­ford club in­to the Carling Cup Quart­er Fi­nals. New boy Bebe opened the scor­ing as he un­leashed a fierce shot which dropped un­der the cross­bar and over the chalk line ten min­utes fol­low­ing the re­start. The Old Gold hit back al­most straight away as un­marked de­fender Ge­orge Elokobi met an ac­cur­ate cor­ner to head the ball pa­st Uni­ted keep­er Ben Amos and in­to the net. Man­chester Uni­ted went ahead ag­ain when Ji-Sung Park made it 2-1 as the mid­field man ham­mered ho­me from ten yards, whi­le Kev­in Fo­ley got on the end of a spec­tac­u­lar back-heel kick by Ste­ven Fletch­er and for­ced a low ef­fort pa­st Amos to make the score­board read 2-2.

Sir Al­ex ev­entually re­placed Ti­ago Bebe wi­th Javi­er Her­nandez and the sum­mer sign­ing from Club De­port­ivo Guadala­jara was in­stantly in­flu­en­tial as the Mex­ic­an marks­man settled the Carling Cup en­counter in the 90th min­ute of the clash when he picked up an in­tel­li­gent thro­ugh ball from Re­pub­lic of Ire­land mid­fielder Dar­ron Gib­son be­fore fir­ing the ball pa­st Wan­derers and Wales in­ter­na­tion­al shot stop­per Way­ne Hen­nessy. Bru­tally put­ting an end to Wolverhampton´s Lea­gue Cup dreams for yet an­oth­er sea­son, Chi­charito had now ma­naged to notch up three goals in two ap­pear­ances for The Red Dev­ils. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Ben Amos, Wes­ley Bro­wn, Chris Small­ing, Jon­ny Evans, Fa­bio da Silva, Ti­ago Bebe, Mi­chael Car­rick, Dar­ron Gib­son, Ji-Sung Park, Gab­riel Ober­tan, Fe­d­erico Ma­cheda. Sub­stitutes: Ga­ry Ne­ville, Ra­fael da Silva, Rob­bie Bra­dy, Mag­nus Eikr­em, Ravel Mor­ris­on, Javi­er Her­nandez, To­masz Kusz­czak. Wolver­hampton Wan­derers Te­am: Way­ne Hen­nessey, Chris­tophe Berra, Ge­orge Elokobi, Kev­in Fo­ley, Ste­ven Mouy­okolo, Mi­chael Man­cienne, Matt Jar­vis, Steph­en Hunt, Da­vid Jones, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, Ste­ven Fletch­er. Sub­stitutes: Rich­ard Ste­ar­man, Jelle Van Damme, Da­vid Ed­wards, Nen­ad Mili­jas, Mar­cus Bent, Kev­in Doyle, Mar­cus Hahnemann.

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