Belfast Telegraph

Manchester United bounce back after City demolition

By Robert Jones

Manchester United striker Michael Owen admitted last night’s Carling Cup fourth round win at Aldershot was all the more important after the “kick in the teeth” dished out by neighbours Manchester City on Sunday.

United won 3-0 at Aldershot as Dimitar Berbatov and Owen gave them a healthy lead as they looked to regroup following the shattering 6-1 defeat at Old Trafford.

United added a third through Antonio Valencia early in the second half.

Asked if there was added pressure following Sunday's result — despite last night’s line-up featuring a different set of players — Owen said: “I suppose so. We were a little bit under pressure with the bad result at the weekend.

“Although no-one here started at the weekend, you still have Manchester United's reputation to look after. We wanted to bounce back and thankfully we got the win.

“As you can imagine the laughs and jokes have quietened down a little bit (since Sunday).”

He added: “Sometimes you need a kick in the teeth to get going and it was a big kick in the teeth, as everybody knows, and we were eager to bounce back.”

Meanwhile, it has been revealed that Manchester United tickets assigned to Sir Alex Ferguson fell into the hands of touts.

The Reds boss — who is not suspected of any wrong-doing — was named at the court case of four men convicted over an illegal operation outside Old Trafford.

A total of 16 tickets printed with Sir Alex’s name were uncovered after a covert police operation into illegal activities on match days close to the Theatre of Dreams.

Ferguson was interviewed by club bosses as part of the probe. He said he had given the tickets to acquaintances and had no knowledge of the illegal operation.

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