Manchester U 1 Crawley T 0
Manchester United 1 Crawley Town 0, Old Trafford, English FA Cup Fifth Round, February 19, 2011. Manchester United could only manage a 1-0 win against Blue Square Premier promotion chasers Crawley Town at Old Trafford. The only goal of the meeting came two minutes before the half-hour mark when Wes Brown converted a cross by Darron Gibson.
Blue Square Premier minnows Crawley Town had become the first Non-League outfit since 1994 to make the last-sixteen of the FA Cup when they beat Torquay United by 1-0 at Plainmoor courtesy of a late first-half goal from Matt Tubbs in the fourth round of the competition. Manchester United were missing Jonny Evans, Rio Ferdinand, Owen Hargreaves, Michael Owen, Ji-Sung Park, and Antonio Valencia who were all sidelined with various injuries, while Crawley Town had to cope without Scott Neilson due to a foot injury. Eleven times FA Cup winners Manchester United went into the lead in the 28th minute of the tightly contested game as long serving stalwart Wes Brown headed home a Darron Gibson cross. United enjoyed several decent scoring opportunities as the first half wore on and should have doubled their advantage a few minutes ahead of the interval, but Fabio da Silva put his effort wide. Crawley Town appeared to have little chance on paper, but despite their lowly status the visitors proved to be more than a handful for Manchester United. Sir Alex Ferguson decided to replace midfielder Oliveira Anderson with born again goal scorer Wayne Rooney at the break, while Chris Smalling came on for defensive colleague Rafael da Silva shortly afterwards.
The West Sussex club, who were backed by 9,000 travelling supporters, threw everything at Manchester United in the second period and Steve Evans´s hard working team came close to equalising in stoppage time when Richard Brodie, who had come on for fellow forward Craig McAllister three minutes past hour mark, headed against the crossbar. But even though Crawley Town produced a truly impressive performance at Old Trafford, Ferguson´s second string side held firm to progress through to the next round. After dispatching of The Crawley Reds, Manchester United would now take on either Arsenal or Leyton Orient in the FA Cup Quarter-Finals. Manchester United Team: Anders Lindegaard, Wes Brown, John O’Shea, Rafael da Silva, Fabio da Silva, Oliveira Anderson, Michael Carrick, Darron Gibson, Tiago Dias Correia, Gabriel Obertan, Javier Hernandez. Substitutes: Chris Smalling, Darren Fletcher, Paul Pogba, Ryan Tunnicliffe, Joshua King, Wayne Rooney, Tomasz Kuszczak. Crawley Town Team: Michel Kuipers, Kyle McFadzean, Pablo Mills, Dean Howell, David Hunt, Dannie Bulman, Willie Gibson, Ben Smith, Sergio Torres, Craig McAllister, Matt Tubbs. Substitutes: Glenn Wilson, Sam Rents, Byron Napper, Simon Rusk, Richard Brodie, Jamie Cook, Scott Shearer.
West Brown Quickfacts
Wes Brown made his Premier League debut for Manchester United in a 3-0 triumph against Leeds United at Old Trafford on the 4th of May 1998, coming on as a substitute for David May.