Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Red Devils Stay on Quintuple Course; Manchester United Win 4-1 on Pens

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Red Devils Stay on Quintuple Course; Manchester United Win 4-1 on Pens

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Manchester United 0

Tottenham Hotspur 0

SIR Alex Ferguson admitted the Premier League was his priority after Manchester United beat Tottenham on penalties to lift the Carling Cup at Wembley.

Ben Foster saved Jamie O'Hara's spotkick, Spurs' first of the shoot-out, and David Bentley missed to send United on their way to their second trophy of the season after the game had ended goalless following extra-time.

"They took their penalties very confidently,"

Ferguson said. "Ben Foster did a fantastic save and that gave us a big lift."

The United manager admitted he would have preferred to win the match in normal time as United continue to pursue an unprecedented quintuple.

"We could have done without extratime, to be honest, and I suppose Tottenham will be saying the same," he added. "There'll be some tired legs and I need them to freshen up. The league's a priority and the Champions League as well."

David Bentley missed what was to prove Spurs' last penalty, allowing Brazilian midfielder Anderson to slot home the decisive kick.

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp praised his players and urged them to get over their disappointment quickly ahead of the crucial league game at Middlesbrough next week.

"I thought we were super," he said. "It was a great performance and it came down to a lottery in the end.

"I have to be honest, we were not that confident with our penalty takers really and you looked over there and they had very confident penalty takers.

"But overall they couldn't beat us in 90 minutes plus extra time so we didn't deserve to lose and I thought we were fantastic. There's injuries, there's fatigue, we've spent all our resources. If you're Middlesbrough you must be sitting at home and enjoying every minute of this but I'm pleased with the performance."

Veteran Ryan Giggs, who scored the first penalty of the shoot-out, hopes United can continue on their remarkable run since winning the Club World Cup in December. …

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