Spurs 4 United 2: Rivals aiming to be in seventh heaven at Sunday showdown

27 February 2009 03:51
Barclays Premier League rivals Tottenham and Manchester United have both appeared in six League Cup finals each - but it's the Londoners who have tasted victory the most times.

European and world club titles appear not to have dampened the Red Devils' desire for Wembley success, and Sir Alex Ferguson's side will be aiming to peg back Tottenham's 4-2 lead in total League Cup successes this Sunday.

Here's Sportsmail's guide to the previous cup final appearances by both clubs:

MANCHESTER UNITED by Nick Metcalfe1983 - Liverpool 2 United 1 (aet)

I've forgotten more than I've ever learned, but I swear blind this was the last League Cup final not to be live on television (maybe you can help dear reader). Norman Whiteside scored a superb early goal for United, but Alan Kennedy's shot from distance brought Liverpool back into the match and Ronnie Whelan won the pot for the Merseysiders with a superb curling winner in extra time. United would lick their wounds and return two months later to beat Brighton and win the FA Cup.

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Storming Norman: United striker Whiteside (left) skips past Liverpool's Alan Hansen during the 1983 Milk Cup final

1991 - Sheffield Wednesday 1 United 0

Easy to forget in these trophy-laden years that defeats back then really hurt. John Sheridan's winner for Big Ron Atkinson's second division side upset the odds at Wembley and plain old Alex Ferguson (as he was then) had tasted the bitter pill of his first final defeat. United would bounce back however and win the European Cup Winners Cup.

Big Ron: Wednesday boss Atkinson (left) holds aloft the League Cup as Sheffield Wednesday players (l-r) David Hirst, John Harkes and goalscorer John Sheridan look on

1992 - United 1 Nottingham Forest 0

It took United plenty of years to finally get their hands on this piece of silverware. When it did come, it was with more of a whimper than a bang. Brian McClair's early goal won an ordinary match for United, but fans will longer recall losing the league title that season to Leeds United.

Choc full: A jubilant Brian 'Choccy' McClair celebrates winning the Rumbelows Cup in 1992

1994 - Aston Villa 3 United 1

Many United fans still think of Fergie's 1994 vintage as the finest of his long reign - certainly the memorable style in which they (nearly) conquered all was true to the attacking philosophies for which the club will always be known. But they didn't sweep the domestic board that season, with Villa inspired on the day at Wembley (that man Big Ron again). Two goals from Dean Saunders, and one from Dalian Atkinson, saw United off. It wasn't long however before the summer was spent ordering doubles all round.

Villans hero: Ron Atkinson celebrates Cup success with striker Dean Saunders

North west pride: Michael Owen (left) and Steven Gerrard lift the Cup in 2003

2003 - Liverpool 2 United 0

United will always be a cup team - regardless of whether they eventually level or overtake Liverpool's record number of league titles. In saying that, their record in League Cup finals is poor, and here was another defeat - a fourth in five. And United's great rivals deserved to win on the day, with goals from Steven Gerrard and Michael Owen. Again fans will longer recall that Arsenal moved eight points clear of United in the title race that day, before Fergie's men went on a superb run to be crowned champions once more.

2006 - United 4 Wigan 0

United were in danger of a second successive season without silver - but Wigan couldn't have been more generous on the day. There was something a bit old-fashioned about this one - Fegire even sang 'Glory Glory Man United' on the pitch after. Wayne Rooney was on target twice, with Louis Saha and Cristiano Ronaldo scoring one each. Who knows how important this confidence-boosting win was in the long run? After all, the old club haven't been too shabby since.

Trophy boy: Cristiano Ronaldo three years ago

 Redknapp's record has Huddlestone convinced Spurs will lift the Carling Cup

CARLING CUP FINAL SPECIAL: They've met before a trip down sport's memory lane with Manchester United and Spurs

Getting United and Spurs fans to battle it out at Wembley is a great shout

Manchester United keeper Foster hoping his next break is a lucky one

Risky business from Spurs keeper Gomes has Redknapp pulling his hair out

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TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR by Tim Nichols1971 - Spurs 2 Aston Villa 0

Two late Martin Chivers goals gave Tottenham victory at Wembley against a plucky Villa side languishing in the old third division. Hardly a classic Tottenham performance, but the win ensured they maintained their 100 per cent cup final record and added another pot to their trophy count. Always important.

Relief: Spurs 1971 goalscorer Martin Chivers (left) with Bill Nicholson (centre) and Alan Mullery



1973 - Spurs 1 Norwich 0

The eighth and last trophy of the glorious Bill Nicholson era. Substitute Ralph Coates scored the only goal of the game with a low shot from the edge of the area before bouncing off towards the Tottenham fans with his spectacular comb-over seemingly taking on a life of its' own.

Where there's a will there's a way: Tottenham boss Bill Nicholson holds the three-handle trophy

1982 - Liverpool 3 Spurs 1 (aet)

The '82 Milk Cup (oh for the days when a cup was sponsored by milk!) was Liverpool's second League Cup success of four in a row when they just about monopolised every piece of silverware at home and on the continent. Keith Burkenshaw's classy team just couldn't wrestle the Cup from their grasp as the two clubs divvied up the season's silverware. Tottenham would win the the FA Cup two months later, while Liverpool were crowned League champions for the 13th time.

Still kings: Liverpool players (from left) Mark Lawrenson, Ronnie Whelan and Bruce Grobbelaar retain the League Cup in 1982

1999 - Spurs 1 Leicester 0

Although never truly forgiven for his Arsenal past, George 'Gooner' Graham went some way to winning over the Tottenham fans with a trophy in his first season. Allan Nielsen's injury-time diving header won the Cup for ten man Tottenham and ended an eight-year trophy drought for the north London club. He still wasn't forgiven though.

Great Dane: Allan Nielsen leaves it late to secure the Cup for Spurs

2002 - Blackburn 2 Spurs 1

Glenn Hoddle's ageing team never really got going in Cardiff and were deservedly beaten by an Andy Cole-inspired Blackburn. Referee Graham Poll later admitted he should have awarded Spurs an injury-time penalty for a clear foul on Teddy Sheringham, but despite that injustice, even the most one-eyed Tottenham fan would have to concede the best team won.

They think it's all Rovers: Winning goalscorer Andy Cole celebrates with Blackburn boss Graeme Souness in 2002

2008 - Spurs 2 Chelsea 1 (aet)

Tottenham battled (yes, really) back from a goal down to ensure Juande Ramos continued his remarkable Cup final record just four months after his arrival in English football. Unfortunately it was all downhill for Ramos at Spurs after Wembley, but the current Real Madrid boss managed to beat Chelsea AND win a trophy for Tottenham. Not many Spurs managers can say that.

Have it: Jonathan Woodgate scores past Petr Cech to deliver Carling Cup glory last season

 Redknapp's record has Huddlestone convinced Spurs will lift the Carling Cup

CARLING CUP FINAL SPECIAL: They've met before a trip down sport's memory lane with Manchester United and Spurs

Getting United and Spurs fans to battle it out at Wembley is a great shout

Manchester United keeper Foster hoping his next break is a lucky one

Risky business from Spurs keeper Gomes has Redknapp pulling his hair out

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR FC NEWS FROM ACROSS THE WEB





 

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