Manchester United manager sir Alex Ferguson apologies for his team’s performance against Crystal Palace following their shock 2-1 extra time defeat.
The Eagles upset the football betting and soared through to the semi-final following a thrilling display at the home of the champions. Darren Ambrose’s spectacular strike was good enough to win any game, but United hit back through Federico Macheda only for Glenn Murray to head home the winner in extra time.
The Carling Cup is well down Ferguson’s priority list but you would not have thought it after the game, saying: “I don’t know where to start. My apologies go to the fans because that was not a Manchester United performance. I don’t want to take anything away from Crystal Palace and I wish them every success because that was a fantastic, mammoth effort by every one of their players. But I’m just very disappointed.”
The draw also proved kind to Palace, pairing them with fellow Championship side Cardiff, with Premier League heavyweights Liverpool and Manchester City in the other game. The fans who went up to watch football live at Old Trafford couldn’t hide their delight at avoiding the big guns.
The Reds have eyed the Carling Cup as their best chance of silverware this season. The lack of European football has meant they have been able to field relatively strong sides in each round. Manager Kenny Dalglish knows that nothing shows you are doing a good job then trophies so if he can get his side to win at Wembley, it will guarantee the top job for years to come.
Manchester City’s quest for world domination may or may not included the Carling Cup, indeed in years to come there may be a time when they win absolutely everything. But Sheikh Mansour broke his silence to stress that the Premier League is his priority this season. Liverpool have already shown in their recent 1-1 with City that they are more than a match for them so their desire to reach Wembley for the first time and win a trophy again may just be the difference.