Scunthorpe 2 Man United 5
Scunthorpe United 2 Manchester United 5, Glanford Park, English Football League Cup Third Round, September 22, 2010. The Football League Cup fixture between Scunthorpe United and Manchester United at Glanford Park in September 2010 was probably the biggest event ever in the history of The Iron. The Championship team took the advantage through Josh Wright, but The Reds were the superior side by far and ended up comfortable 5-2 victors.
Manchester United deputy goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak, who had so far amassed 53 first team appearances for the club since his arrival from newly relegated West Bromwich in August 2006, was back in the starting lineup for the Carling Cup Third Round encounter against Football League Championship side Scunthorpe United at Glanford Park. Against the odds, Ian Baraclough´s Scunthorpe players went into an early 1-0 lead following nineteen minutes of play when Martyn Woolford found former England U19 midfielder Josh Wright who scored with a powerful shot from some twenty-five yards out which flew into the top corner of the net. But the Premier League giants hit back as Republic of Ireland international midfielder Darron Gibson executed an excellent lob over Scunthorpe shot stopper Joe Murphy on 23 minutes, before former Maidstone United and Fulham central defender Chris Smalling followed up by netting from close range with nine minutes left of the first frame. Only four minutes into the second period, Manchester United increased their advantage when evergreen frontman Michael Owen rounded off a counter attack with a well placed finish. And just six minutes later, the same man headed a corner kick from Brazilian playmaker Oliveira Anderson back across the eighteen-yard area to midfield engineer Ji-Sung Park who hammered an unstoppable shot past the home custodian and into the net to record the fourth goal of the game for Manchester United. The irrepressible Owen then netted his second in the 71st minute of the tie as the striker calmly tucked the ball into the back of the net from close range after Murphy had failed to hold a strike from Park. With sixteen minutes left of the clash, summer signing Bebe replaced Park, but the Portuguese forward instantly made his mark with an impressive run and a brilliant effort which was deflected behind for a corner. Then, during stoppage time, Woolford netted a second consolation for Scunthorpe when the flankman converted a low hard cross from Wright.
As regards Tomasz Kuszczak, the Poland international shot stopper made a number of excellent saves during the encounter with Scunthorpe United, and could not be blamed for the goals conceded. Hailing from Krosno Odrzanskie in Poland, Kuszczak had appeared for Polish club Slask Wrocław, as well as for Uerdingen and Hertha Berlin in Germany, before he was signed by West Bromwich Albion at the beginning of the 2004-05 season. After making 35 first team appearances for The Baggies, he was brought to Manchester United by Sir Alex Ferguson at he start of the 2006-07 campaign and debuted for the club in a 1-0 Premiership defeat to Arsenal at Old Trafford on the 17th of September 2006. Due to the consistent form of Holland international Edwin van der Sar, however, he found it extremely difficult to establish himself as first choice at United and eventually became exceedingly frustrated at his lack of first team opportunities. Following a long spell in the wilderness, he ultimately decided to make a move to Brighton and Hove Albion in the summer of 2012 in order to get more game time. Scunthorpe United Team: Joe Murphy, Cliff Byrne, Niall Canavan, David Mirfin, Eddie Nolan, Sam Togwell, Michael O’Connor, Martyn Woolford, Josh Wright, Chris Dagnall, Jonathan Forte. Substitutes: Sam Slocombe, Rob Jones, Michael Raynes, Andrew Wright, Michael Collins, Bobby Grant, Matt Godden. Manchester United Team: Tomasz Kuszczak, Rafael, Chris Smalling, Rio Ferdinand, Wesley Brown, Darron Gibson, Anderson, Ji-Sung Park, Javier Hernandez, Michael Owen, Federico Macheda. Substitutes: Edwin van der Sar, Ritchie De Laet, John O’Shea, Corry Evans, Magnus Eikrem, Bebe, Gabriel Obertan.
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