Bebe scored his first goal for the club and Chicharito continued his elevation to hero status with a winner from the bench as holders Manchester United progressed to the quarter finals of the Carling Cup. Both of Wolves’ full backs had brought the visitors level in front of a jaw dropping attendance (for all the wrong reasons), either side of a Ji Sung Park goal, but it was the small Mexican who added to his ever growing reputation.
A forgettable first half was punctuated with flashes of encouragement from Bebe and Obertan; the former setting up an opportunity for Macheda after the latter had an appeal for a penalty turned down in the 12th minute. Park forced Wolves’ keeper Hennessey into an easy save early in the second half but just two minutes later, summer signing Bebe hit a goal on his full debut – after being forced wide, the wingers’ cross was deflected in and just over the line.
Just 4 minutes later, Wolves won a corner and levelled; when Elokobi seemed to be unchallenged, rising high to head home. It could have been worse in the 63rd minute at Matt Jarvis ripped through the home side with devastating pace for the umpteenth time, setting up Stephen Hunt who clipped the bar.
Bebe set up Macheda who blazed over; and in the 70th minute, Park put United back in front, exchanging a pass with the Italian prodigy and slotting brilliantly into the far corner with his left foot. The lead lasted only 5 minutes, when a good move from the visitors ended with Fletcher threading the ball to Foley, who coolly finished past Ben Amos.
Chicharito came on for Bebe on the 81st minute; he instantly made an impact, creating a chance which was saved for Obertan, before the Frenchman wasted a long, flicked on pass from Gary Neville. In the 90th minute, though, Chicharito struck, just as he did to decide the game late on at the weekend against Stoke, and ultimately score his 4th winning goal since joining the club, after being put through by Gibson. The forward still had work to do, but added to his growing reputation by rounding his marker and finishing with composure.
United are through to the quarter finals on the march to even more club history; last seasons success in this competition was the first time the Red Devils had ever retained a domestic cup, and advancing to the quarter finals has made the possibility of a third straight success even more of a possibility.
Ratings : Amos 6, Brown 7 Smalling 7, Evans 6, Fabio 7, (Neville), Obertan 6, Carrick 6, Gibson 6, *Park 7 (Morrison), Macheda 6, Bebe 7 (Chicharito)