Tuesday 23 May 2017

Manchester United's last League Cup-winning team: Where are they now?

The Manchester United squad celebrates with the Carling Cup trophy in 2010
The Manchester United squad celebrates with the Carling Cup trophy in 2010

It has been seven years since Manchester United last lifted the League Cup trophy, then known as the Carling Cup.

Last night they defeated Hull City 2-0 at Old Trafford to put themselves in a commanding position to get back to Wembley and a final showdown against Liverpool or Southampton.

Who were United's cup winners back in 2010... and what are they doing now?

Tomasz Kuszczak

Kuszczak played in goal ahead of Edwin van der Sar for United's League Cup run. He failed to save a penalty in the fifth minute of the game, although United still went on to win the trophy.

The 34 year-old is now at Birmingham City.

Rafael

Understudy to Gary Neville for much of his United career, he was handed a rare start in the final against Villa. The Brazilian full-back was replaced by Neville in the 66th minute with the score at 1-1.

The 26 year-old is now playing for Lyon in France.

Nemanja Vidic

He was responsible for United falling behind early doors when he lunged in on Gabby Agbonlahor and conceded a fifth-minute penalty.

Fortunately for Vidic and United, referee Phil Dowd did not show him a red card, despite being the last man.

Joined Inter Milan from United in 2014, where he spent two years, before announcing his retirement.

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Nemanja Vidic won five Premier League titles during his time at Manchester United

Jonny Evans

Rio Ferdinand had been expected to play but he suffered a recurrence of a back problem and Evans was handed a start, playing the full 90 minutes.

Seen as surplus to requirements when Louis van Gaal became Man Utd manager in 2015, he was sold to West Brom and is now the rock at the heart of the Baggies' defence.

Patrice Evra

The France international left-back was one of the finest in his position anywhere in the world and played from start to finish in the final.

In 2014 he moved to Juventus after eight seasons at Old Trafford and at 35 is still playing in Turin, although often as a substitute these days.

Antonio Valencia

The versatile Ecuadorian was used as a right wing and played a big part in United's winner. He stood up a cross into the centre for Wayne Rooney to head home.

Now 31, Valencia is in his seventh season at Old Trafford.

Michael Carrick

Carrick played the full 90 at Wembley in 2010 and is still going strong today at the age of 35.

His contract is up at the end of the season... will United offer him and extension?

Darren Fletcher

An Alex Ferguson favourite, Fletcher also played for the full 90 minutes against Villa.

However, in 2015 he was offloaded to West Brom where, at 32, he continues to perform at the highest level.

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West Bromwich Albion's Darren Fletcher and Manchester City's Fabian Delph compete for possession. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Park Ji-Sung

Started on the left of midfield and almost gave United the lead in injury time at the end of the first half, but his shot hit the post.

After leaving United in 2012 he joined QPR and then PSV before announcing his retirement in 2014, citing issues with his knee. He now acts as a global ambassador for United.

Dimitar Berbatov

Played a part in both United goals. He caught Richard Dunne in possession which resulted in the first and also picked out Antonio Valencia, who crossed for United's second.

He left United in 2012, joining Fulham, before moving on to Monaco and PAOK Salonika. The 35 year-old has been without a club since leaving the Greek side in June.

Michael Owen

Scorer of United's 12th-minute equaliser before pulling up with a hamstring injury as the first-half drew to a close.

The former England striker was plagued by injuries and in 2012, having not had his contract renewed by United, he joined Stoke on a one-year deal. He was restricted to just eight Premier League appearances for the Potters. Now a pundit with BT Sport.

Ben Foster

The goalkeeper was an unused substitute during the final.

While at United he was sent out on loan to Watford before joining Birmingham and then West Brom, where he has cemented his place as the Baggies' No 1.

Gary Neville

Neville started the final on the bench before replacing Rafael in the 66th minute.

After retiring from the game he became a pundit for Sky Sports, which he combined with the role of assistant England manager. He then tried his hand at full-time management with Valencia in Spain, but flopped, and has since gone back to Sky.

Wes Brown

An unused substitute against Villa at Wembley.

He left Old Trafford in 2011 for Sunderland. In 2016, following a number of injury set-backs, he joined Blackburn.

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With Rio Ferdinand, Wes Brown, and Mikael Silvestre at Goodison after securing the league title in May 2003

Paul Scholes

Another unused sub at Wembley.

Scholes was a one-man team and actually retired twice while at United after reversing his first decision to answer an injury crisis. Now a pundit for anyone.

Darron Gibson

Gibson played the last five minutes of the final after coming on in the 85th minute for Park Ji-Sung.

In January 2012, he signed for Everton, and is still there.

Wayne Rooney

United's Wembley hero! Rooney started on the bench but came on in the 42nd minute after Michael Owen picked up an injury. In the 74th minute, Rooney out-jumped James Collins to head back across goal for his 28th goal of the season.

The 31 year-old is still at Old Trafford and is one goal away from breaking Bobby Charlton's United goalscoring record.

Mame Biram Diouf

An unused sub at Wembley.

After loan spells at Molde and Blackburn, Diouf joined German side Hannover 96 in 2012 before returning to the Premier League with Stoke in 2014.

Telegraph.co.uk

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