United 0 Leeds 1: Verdict
Wayne Rooney had sprung the Leeds offside trap and raced forward into the visitors box before sliding a shot underneath Ankergren. Leeds were performing heroically and Johnson floated a header wide of the far post after Crowe had charged forward on the overlap. Rooney curled a shot wide at the other end after Obertan had won the hosts a corner. The England star was trying to spark his team into life and he set up Welbeck for a shot that sailed narrowly wide from an acute angle. Brown was booked for chopping down Luciano Becchio inside the Leeds half after Obertan had been caught in possession. Ferguson could not have been impressed with his side's efforts. Gibson's square ball under no pressure summed up the half. The Irishman was way off target as he tried to find Neville. The veteran defender still managed to reach the ball, only to see it roll out of play as he tried to control. Brown's thundering challenge on Johnson triggered an angry reaction, with Grayson arguing with Neville at one point.Leeds had the first attack of the second half as Howson curled over a cross that Kuszczak cut out. Ferguson had resisted the temptation to make changes at the interval and could have been rewarded with a penalty when Welbeck was seemingly blocked off in the box by Howson, only for referee Chris Foy to wave play on. There was even more friction now though. Howson and Gibson were picked out for a lecture for a scrap close to the home area that had started when Brown went in on the Leeds man. Ankergren saved superbly to deny Welbeck, who had raced into the box. He then did even better to block a close-range Berbatov effort. Gibson was booked for a late tackle on Johnson, and Naylor was also shown a yellow card when he cynically hacked down Rooney. Brown, who was treading a very fine line, barged into the back of Beckford, although Leeds could make nothing of the free-kick. Ferguson introduced Ryan Giggs and Antonio Valencia for Welbeck and Obertan just before the hour mark. Leeds had been a muted attacking force for quite a while but Johnson let fly with a speculative blast that Kuszczak saved easily. Fabio Da Silva strode onto a Rooney lay-off and curled a shot narrowly over the top. Johnson went for goal with a 25-yard free-kick but Kuszczak gathered at the second attempt. Michael Owen was the next man on, for Anderson, and both he and Berbatov had a chance to finish off Valencia's cut-back before Rooney blazed over. Ankergren saved low from Rooney, who then fired over when well placed to do much better after Valencia had again created space. Leeds were not totally reliant on defence, though, and Beckford came agonisingly close to sealing their place in the fourth round 12 minutes from time. Robert Snodgrass came even closer shortly afterwards when his free-kick shook the angle of bar and post with Kuszczak beaten. The pace was unrelenting and Owen thought he should have had a penalty when he went down under Hughes' challenge but Foy was unmoved. Five additional minutes must have shredded a few nerves among the Leeds supporters. But after so many dark days, this was to be one of glory. Rooney wasted the last chance as he drove his shot wide.