Giant-killers Leeds KO Man U

2010-01-03 17:13
Alex Ferguson (AFP Photo)
Manchester - Third-tier Leeds United produced the shock of the third round by knocking record 11-times winners Manchester United out of the FA Cup with a 1-0 victory at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Fallen giants Leeds, the League One leaders who are 43 places below English champions Manchester United, won thanks to Jermaine Beckford's 19th minute goal and then denied their hosts, second in the Premier League, an equaliser.

It was the first time Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson had lost in the third round of the FA Cup, the stage at which teams from England's top two divisions enter the knockout tournament, since he arrived at Old Trafford 24 years ago.

Not since 1984, when beaten by third tier Bournemouth, had Manchester United lost at this stage of the competition.

Victory was also Leeds's first at Old Trafford since 1981.

Their goal came after Jonny Howson's superb 50-yard pass over the head of Wes Brown found striker Beckford and he outpaced the defender before sliding the ball left-footed into the far corner and beyond goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak.

United did threaten and, after Leeds keeper Casper Ankergren had advanced quickly to block Wayne Rooney's initial shot, Jason Crowe had to clear off the line from the England striker.

Ankergren then produced another good block to deny Danny Welbeck early in the second-half.

Just short of the hour mark, United manager Sir Alex Ferguson made a double substitution with veteran forward Ryan Giggs replacing Gabriel Obertan and striker Antonio Valencia coming on for Danny Welbeck.

But still Leeds denied the home side and, with 20 minutes left, Ferguson sent on Michael Owen, his final substitution, only to see the England striker scuff a shot from inside the box moments later.

Rooney then fired way over the crossbar and, with 12 minutes left, Beckford could have made it 2-0 only for his shot to whistle past the far post.

Leeds substitute Robert Snodgrass then hit the crossbar and, in the five minutes of stoppage time, Ankergren saved from Rooney.

Latest FA Cup results:

Chelsea 5 (Sturridge 5, 68, Eustace 15-og, Malouda 22, Lampard 64) Watford 0

Manchester United 0 Leeds 1 (Beckford 19)

Sheffield United 1 (Cresswell 45) QPR 1 (Simpson 39)

West Ham 1 (Diamanti 45) Arsenal 2 (Ramsey 78, Eduardo 83)

Tranmere 0 Wolverhampton 1 (Jarvis 77)

Postponed (frozen pitch)

Notts County v Forest Green

Played on Saturday:

Aston Villa 3 (Delfouneso 12, Cuellar 37, Carew 90-pen) Blackburn 1 (Kalinic 55)

Blackpool 1 (Ormerod 51) Ipswich 2 (Colback 3, Garvan 77)

Bolton 4 (Swaibu 49-og, Lee 51, Cahill 83, M.Davies 90) Lincoln 0

Everton 3 (Vaughan 12, Cahill 82, Baines 90-pen) Carlisle 1 (Hurst 18)

Fulham 1 (Zamora 16) Swindon 0

Huddersfield 0 West Bromwich 2 (Dorrans 77, Wood 82)

Leicester 2 (King 39, N'Guessan 89) Swansea 1 (Cotterill 10)

Middlesbrough 0 Manchester City 1 (Benjani 45)

Millwall 1 (Grabban 49) Derby 1 (Commons 52)

Milton Keynes Dons 1 (Morgan 89) Burnley 2 (Alexander 23-pen, Fletcher 35)

Nottingham Forest 0 Birmingham 0

Plymouth 0 Newcastle 0

Portsmouth 1 (Boateng 45) Coventry 1 (Bell 30)

Preston 7 (Brown 13, Sedgwick 27, Parkin 48, 50, 72-pen, Williams 52-og, Carter 64) Colchester 0

Reading 1 (Church 24) Liverpool 1 (Gerrard 36)

Scunthorpe 1 (Hayes 68) Barnsley 0

Sheffield Wednesday 1 (Hill 44-og) Crystal Palace 2 (Danns 19, Andrew 68)

Southampton 1 (Lambert 36) Luton 0

Stoke 3 (Parslow 24-og, Fuller 25, Etherington 58) York 1 (Barrett 22)

Sunderland 3 (Malbranque 17, Campbell 52, 58) Barrow 0

Torquay 0 Brighton 1 (Crofts 77)

Tottenham 4 (Kranjcar 35, 57, Defoe 70, Keane 90-pen) Peterborough 0

Wigan 4 (N'Zogbia 47, 66, McCarthy 63, Sinclair 90) Hull 1 (Geovanni 35)

Postponed (all frozen pitches)

Accrington Stanley v Gillingham

Brentford v Doncaster

Bristol City v Cardiff

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