24 Sep 2009

Manchester United thru in League Cup despite the loss of a player

9:48 am on 24 September 2009

Holders Manchester United overcame the 29th-minute sending-off of Brazilian defender Fabio Da Silva to beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-nil in the third round of the English football League Cup.

United fielded an entirely changed team from that which beat Manchester City 4-3 at the weekend but the stand-ins proved up to the job and won with a neatly-made goal by Danny Welbeck after 66 minutes.

City needed extra time to beat Fulham 2-1.

League leaders Chelsea made it eight wins out of eight in competitive games with a 1-nil win over west London neighbours Queens Park Rangers, Peter Crouch bagged a hat-trick as Tottenham Hotspur won 5-1 at Preston North End and Everton put Phil Brown's future in jeopardy by thrashing Hull City 4-nil away.

Meanwhile north of the border, All White Chris Killen, who came on as a substitute, scored as Celtic reached the quarter-finals of the Scottish League Cup with a 4-nil victory at Falkirk.