2006 Football League Cup Final

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2006 Football League Cup Final
Event2005–06 Football League Cup
Date26 February 2006
VenueMillennium Stadium, Cardiff
Man of the MatchWayne Rooney (Manchester United)[1]
RefereeAlan Wiley (Staffordshire)
WeatherMostly cloudy
6 °C (43 °F)[2]

The 2006 Football League Cup Final was played between Manchester United and Wigan Athletic on 26 February 2006. Manchester United won the match comfortably, by four goals to nil. Louis Saha and Cristiano Ronaldo both scored one goal, and Wayne Rooney scored twice. For the trophy presentation, the Manchester United players wore special shirts reading "For You Smudge", referring to Alan Smith, who had broken his left leg during a recent FA Cup match against Liverpool.[3] Wigan goalkeeper Mike Pollitt picked up a hamstring injury after just 14 minutes, cutting short a dream cup final for the journeyman player, who started his career with the Red Devils.

Road to Cardiff[edit]

Match details[edit]

Manchester United4–0Wigan Athletic
Rooney Goal 33'61'
Saha Goal 55'
Ronaldo Goal 59'
Attendance: 66,866
Manchester United
Wigan Athletic
GK 19 Netherlands Edwin van der Sar
RB 2 England Gary Neville (c)
CB 6 England Wes Brown Substituted off 83'
CB 5 England Rio Ferdinand
LB 27 France Mikaël Silvestre Substituted off 83'
RM 7 Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Yellow card 60' Substituted off 73'
CM 22 Republic of Ireland John O'Shea
CM 11 Wales Ryan Giggs
LM 13 South Korea Park Ji-Sung
SS 8 England Wayne Rooney
CF 9 France Louis Saha
GK 1 United States Tim Howard
DF 3 France Patrice Evra Substituted in 83'
DF 15 Serbia and Montenegro Nemanja Vidić Substituted in 83'
MF 23 England Kieran Richardson Substituted in 73'
FW 10 Netherlands Ruud van Nistelrooy
Scotland Sir Alex Ferguson
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GK 12 England Mike Pollitt Substituted off 14'
RB 2 France Pascal Chimbonda
CB 16 Netherlands Arjan de Zeeuw (c) Yellow card 45'
CB 6 Switzerland Stéphane Henchoz Substituted off 62'
LB 26 England Leighton Baines
RM 21 England Jimmy Bullard
CM 11 Republic of Ireland Graham Kavanagh Substituted off 72'
CM 19 Austria Paul Scharner
LM 20 Scotland Gary Teale
CF 7 Senegal Henri Camara
CF 30 Grenada Jason Roberts
GK 1 Australia John Filan Substituted in 14'
DF 4 England Matt Jackson
MF 8 Sweden Andreas Johansson
MF 23 Switzerland Reto Ziegler Substituted in 72'
FW 10 Scotland Lee McCulloch Substituted in 62'
England Paul Jewell

Match officials

Man of the match

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Penalty shootout if scores still level.
  • Five named substitutes.
  • Maximum of three substitutions.


United Wigan
Total shots 14 16
Shots on target 9 7
Ball possession 46% 54%
Corner kicks 1 5
Fouls committed 11 13
Offsides 3 2
Yellow cards 1 1
Red cards 0 0

Source: ESPN[5]


  1. ^ a b "Alan Hardaker Trophy Winners". The Football League. 26 February 2012. Archived from the original on 21 April 2012. Retrieved 8 May 2012.
  2. ^ "Weather History for Cardiff-Wales, United Kingdom - Weather Underground". wunderground.com. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  3. ^ "Carling Cup final clockwatch". BBC. 26 February 2006. Retrieved 16 August 2014.
  4. ^ a b Clubs in the Premier League receive a bye to the second and clubs in European competitions received a bye to the third round
  5. ^ "Manchester United; Carling Cup Winners 2006". ESPNsoccernet. ESPN Inc. 26 February 2006. Retrieved 6 May 2012.

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