League Cup 2006
United eased to a 4-0 win over Wigan to lift the Carling Cup, as Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo offered a tantalising glimpse of the future with impressive displays at the Millennium Stadium.
Prior to kick-off, Sir Alex’s decision to leave Ruud van Nistelrooy on the bench had caused a stir among the press, though times were changing and the boss was ready to place his trust in the next generation.
Goals from Louis Saha and Ronaldo sandwiched between a Rooney double sealed a comfortable victory after which the Reds dedicated their success to the injured Alan Smith, whose season had been ended by a horrific ankle injury against Liverpool the previous weekend.
United 4 Barnet 1
United 3 West Brom 1
Birmingham 1 United 3
1st leg: Blackburn 1 United 1
2nd leg: United 2 Blackburn 1
United 4 Wigan 0
United’s final line-up: Van der Sar; Neville, Brown, Ferdinand, Silvestre; Giggs, O’Shea, Park, Ronaldo; Rooney, Saha.