2006 Football League Cup Final

The 2006 Football League Cup Final was played between Manchester United and Wigan Athletic on 26 February 2006. Manchester United won the match comfortably, by four goals to nil. Louis Saha and Cristiano Ronaldo both scored one goal, and Wayne Rooney scored twice. For the trophy presentation, the Manchester United players wore special shirts reading "For You Smudge", referring to Alan Smith, who had broken his left leg during a recent FA Cup match against Liverpool.[3] Wigan goalkeeper Mike Pollitt picked up a hamstring injury after just 14 minutes, cutting short a dream cup final for the journeyman player, who started his career with the Red Devils.

2006 Football League Cup Final
Event2005–06 Football League Cup
Manchester United Wigan Athletic
4 0
Date26 February 2006
VenueMillennium Stadium, Cardiff
Man of the MatchWayne Rooney (Manchester United)[1]
RefereeAlan Wiley (Staffordshire)
WeatherMostly cloudy
6 °C (43 °F)[2]

Road to Cardiff

Manchester United
Round 3[4] Manchester United 4–1 Barnet
Round 4 Manchester United 3–1 West Bromwich Albion
Round 5 Birmingham City 1–3 Manchester United
Semi-final (1st leg) Blackburn Rovers 1–1 Manchester United
Semi-final (2nd leg) Manchester United 2–1 Blackburn Rovers
  (Man Utd won 3–2 on aggregate)
Round 2[4] Wigan Athletic 1–0 Bournemouth
Round 3 Wigan Athletic 3–0 Watford
Round 4 Wigan Athletic 1–0 Newcastle United
Round 5 Wigan Athletic 2–0 Bolton Wanderers
Semi-final (1st leg) Wigan Athletic 1–0 Arsenal
Semi-final (2nd leg) Arsenal 2–1 Wigan Athletic
  (2–2 on aggregate. Wigan Athletic won on away goals)

Match details

Manchester United4–0Wigan Athletic
Rooney Goal 33'61'
Saha Goal 55'
Ronaldo Goal 59'
Manchester United
Wigan Athletic
GK 19 Netherlands Edwin van der Sar
RB 2 England Gary Neville (c)
CB 6 England Wes Brown Substituted off 83'
CB 5 England Rio Ferdinand
LB 27 France Mikaël Silvestre Substituted off 83'
RM 7 Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Yellow card 60' Substituted off 73'
CM 22 Republic of Ireland John O'Shea
CM 11 Wales Ryan Giggs
LM 13 South Korea Park Ji-Sung
SS 8 England Wayne Rooney
CF 9 France Louis Saha
GK 1 United States Tim Howard
DF 3 France Patrice Evra Substituted in 83'
DF 15 Serbia and Montenegro Nemanja Vidić Substituted in 83'
MF 23 England Kieran Richardson Substituted in 73'
FW 10 Netherlands Ruud van Nistelrooy
Scotland Sir Alex Ferguson
Man Utd vs Wigan 2006-02-26
GK 12 England Mike Pollitt Substituted off 14'
RB 2 France Pascal Chimbonda
CB 16 Netherlands Arjan de Zeeuw (c) Yellow card 45'
CB 6 Switzerland Stéphane Henchoz Substituted off 62'
LB 26 England Leighton Baines
RM 21 England Jimmy Bullard
CM 11 Republic of Ireland Graham Kavanagh Substituted off 72'
CM 19 Austria Paul Scharner
LM 20 Scotland Gary Teale
CF 7 Senegal Henri Camara
CF 30 Grenada Jason Roberts
GK 1 Australia John Filan Substituted in 14'
DF 4 England Matt Jackson
MF 8 Sweden Andreas Johansson
MF 23 Switzerland Reto Ziegler Substituted in 72'
FW 10 Scotland Lee McCulloch Substituted in 62'
England Paul Jewell

Match officials

Man of the match

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Penalty shootout if scores still level.
  • Five named substitutes.
  • Maximum of three substitutions.


United Wigan
Total shots 14 16
Shots on target 9 7
Ball possession 46% 54%
Corner kicks 1 5
Fouls committed 11 13
Offsides 3 2
Yellow cards 1 1
Red cards 0 0

Source: ESPN[5]


  1. ^ a b "Alan Hardaker Trophy Winners". The Football League. 26 February 2012. Archived from the original on 21 April 2012. Retrieved 8 May 2012.
  2. ^ "Weather History for Cardiff-Wales, United Kingdom - Weather Underground". wunderground.com. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  3. ^ "Carling Cup final clockwatch". BBC. 26 February 2006. Retrieved 16 August 2014.
  4. ^ a b Clubs in the Premier League receive a bye to the second and clubs in European competitions received a bye to the third round
  5. ^ "Manchester United; Carling Cup Winners 2006". ESPNsoccernet. ESPN Inc. 26 February 2006. Retrieved 6 May 2012.

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2005 FA Cup Final

The 2005 FA Cup Final was a football match played between Arsenal and Manchester United on 21 May 2005 at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. It was the final match of the 2004–05 FA Cup, the 124th season of English football’s primary cup competition, the FA Cup. Arsenal became the first team to win the FA Cup via a penalty shoot-out, despite being outplayed throughout the game, after neither side managed to score in the initial 90 minutes or in 30 minutes of extra time. The shoot-out finished 5–4 to Arsenal, with Patrick Vieira scoring the winning penalty after Paul Scholes' shot was saved by Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann.

As both teams were in the highest tier of English football, the Premier League, Arsenal and Manchester United entered the competition in the third round. Matches up to the semi-final were contested on a one-off basis, with a replay taking place if the match ended in a draw. Both clubs only needed one replay along the way to the final; Arsenal's tie against Sheffield United in the fifth round was decided by a penalty shootout, whereas Manchester United overcame non-league Exeter City in the third round, after the original tie ended goalless.

Protests over the impending takeover of Manchester United by American businessman Malcolm Glazer had threatened to overshadow the final, though demonstrations in Cardiff required little intervention from the police. Both managers for the final made surprising changes to their team; Arsène Wenger unconventionally deployed a defensive formation, while Sir Alex Ferguson left midfielder Ryan Giggs on the bench. Manchester United dominated the match, creating four times as many shots as their opponents, but struggled to find the breakthrough. In extra time, Arsenal's José Antonio Reyes was sent off for a second bookable offence, becoming only the second player to be sent off in an FA Cup final.

The British press unanimously agreed that Arsenal were fortunate to win; Wenger himself admitted so in his press conference afterwards. A television audience of over 480 million worldwide watched the final; in the United Kingdom, coverage of the match peaked at 12.8 million, making it the highest-rated game in Cup history since the 1996 final. The departures of captains Patrick Vieira and Roy Keane before the year end, coupled with the changing objectives of both clubs, meant the 2005 final is considered as the natural end point in the rivalry between Arsenal and Manchester United under Ferguson and Wenger.

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