One of the few players to keep his place was the Czech winger Karel Poborsky, who gave United a 19th-minute lead. The former Blackburn striker Peter Thorne hit back for Steve McMahon's side before Paul Scholes soothed United's worries with a 72nd-minute winner.
Third Division Lincoln City, conquerors of Manchester City in the last round, kept their run going with a 2-2 draw at The Dell against Southampton. The Imps were in front through Mark Hone's first-half goal until Matthew Le Tissier equalised in the first minute of the second half and their recent signing, Ulrich van Gobbel, added a second - his first for the Saints - nine minutes later. However, the Premiership side will face a tough trip to Sincil Bank in the replay after Gareth Ainsworth levelled the score five minutes from the end.
International class accounted for First Division Huddersfield Town at the Riverside Stadium. Middlesbrough, who added the Danish international Mikkel Beck to their line-up at the expense of the England striker Nick Barmby, cruised to a 5-1 win thanks to goals from Juninho, Emerson and two late strikes from Fabrizio Ravanelli. Beck added the fifth with five minutes remaining, before Andy Payton scored a consolation goal for the Yorkshire side.
A brace from Iain Dowie helped West Ham to a comfortable 4-1 victory over Nottingham Forest at Upton Park. The Portuguese striker Hugo Porfirio scored his first goal for the Hammers and Julian Dcks added a penalty as goal-shy Forest, four-times winners of the League Cup, were well beaten.
Fifa, world football's governing body, yesterday barred standing spectators at future World Cup matches, following the stadium tragedy that claimed 81 lives in Guatemala last week.