2006 Football League Cup Final
|Event||2005–06 Football League Cup|
|Date||26 February 2006|
|Venue||Millennium Stadium, Cardiff|
|Man of the Match||Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)|
|Referee||Alan Wiley (Staffordshire)|
6 °C (43 °F)
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. 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
|Manchester United||4–0||Wigan Athletic|
|Rooney 33', 61'
Man of the match
|Shots on target||9||7|
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