But still, the young players proved themselves worthy for holding out the resurgent full-strength Everton team to a goalless draw till extra time. Along the way they missed a few golden opportunities to put the ball into the net. They were even denied a clear penalty in the 2nd half when Welbeck was brought down in the box. Occasionally they were finding difficulties in breaching Everton's defence but still did give them a few scary moments.
At the back, both Ferdinand and Vidic were outstanding in holding off Everton's numerous attacks, which were quite unrelenting. But in the end, all this came to nought when luck ran out on them in the lottery of penalty kicks.
Now Man Utd must pull themselves together to face the challenges ahead in their defence of both the BPL and Champions' League. So come rain or shine, Man Utd might still strike the jackpot yet again. CIAO!