Manchester United lifts League Cup

09:28, March 01, 2010      

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Manchester United defended their League Cup on Sunday, beating Aston Villa 2-1.


Manchester United's Wayne Rooney (R) lifts the trophy after beating Aston Villa in the English League Cup final soccer match at Wembley Stadium in London February 28, 2010. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)



Wayne Rooney sent a powerful header, his 28th of the season, over American goalkeeper Brad Friedel in the 74th minute to settle the victory.

James Milner had put Villa ahead from the penalty spot after five minutes, but Michael Owen quickly leveled for the English champions.


Manchester United's Wayne Rooney (L) celebrates his goal during their English League Cup final soccer match against Aston Villa at Wembley Stadium in London , February 28, 2010. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)


Prevailing in the 50th League Cup final provided Alex Ferguson with his 26th title since joining United in 1986.

The 30-year-old Owen scored 12 minutes into his first Wembley final. Dimitar Berbatov stole the ball off Richard Dunne, and while the Villa center back caught up with the advancing Bulgaria forward, his tackle pushed the ball toward Owen, who struck the ball beyond Brad Friedel.

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