Sport Palace were shock winners at Old Trafford

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson expects his younger players to learn from Wednesday's humbling Carling Cup loss to Crystal Palace.

Steve Kean has come under fire from Blackburn fans

Steve Kean moves to clarify Blackburn 'forfeit' comments

Blackburn manager Steve Kean has defended his team selection at Cardiff on Tuesday and claims his use of the word "forfeited" in relation to Rovers' Carling Cup exit has been misinterpreted.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain caught the eye for Arsenal on Tuesday

Oxlade-Chamberlain: more than next Walcott

It was in the aftermath of Arsenal's defeat to Manchester City on Tuesday night that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain nailed the truth about the comparisons made between him and his fellow Southampton academy graduate Theo Walcott. The pair of them, both high-profile teenage signings, were, he said, "completely different players".

Darren Ambrose celebrates after giving Crystal Palace the lead with a stunning 30-yard shot

Ferguson apologises for United's low level of reserves

Manchester United 1 Crystal Palace 2 (aet)

Lucas' fine season may be over after he was injured on Tuesday

Lucas faces six months out to plunge Liverpool into midfield crisis

Liverpool fear Lucas Leiva will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury. The Brazilian midfielder, one of his club's best performers this year, was carried off on a stretcher during the 2-0 Carling Cup win at Chelsea on Tuesday night.

Palace stun United to reach semi-finals

Manchester United 1 Crystal Palace 2 (aet)

Steve Kean has come under fire from Blackburn fans

Blackburn 'forfeited' cup final chance says Steve Kean

Blackburn Rovers "forfeited" their League Cup match against Cardiff City on Tuesday to concentrate on turning around their Premier League fortunes, the club's under-fire manager Steve Kean said.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain shone particularly brightly for Arsenal

Arsene Wenger takes positives despite Arsenal defeat

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger reserved special praise for young winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain despite his side losing 1-0 at home to Manchester City in the Carling Cup quarter-finals last night.

Nasri was given a rough ride by Arsenal fans

Samir Nasri and Emmanuel Frimpong will not face action after 'handbags'

Samir Nasri and Emmanuel Frimpong will not face any action over their post-match tunnel row at the Emirates Stadium.

The pressure is mounting on Villas-Boas

'We need to get our fans behind us – Stamford Bridge has grown anxious,' says AVB

Andre Villas-Boas believes that the mounting anxiety at Stamford Bridge is inhibiting his attempts to rectify his side's abject home form, with the Chelsea manager acutely aware of the need for his team's performances to improve sharply if their season is not to fall apart before Christmas.

Maxi Rodriguez (right) celebrates giving Liverpool the lead with Andy Carroll

Chelsea's callow surrender piles yet more pressure on Villas-Boas

Chelsea 0 Liverpool 2

Sergio Aguero (right) who scored Manchester City's winner, takes on Emmanuel Frimpong

Frimpong's clash with Nasri just 'handbags'

Arsenal 0 Manchester City 1

Kenny Miller slips the ball past Mark Bunn to give Cardiff the lead

Cardiff cruise as Kiss touch seals emotional night

Cardiff City 2 Blackburn Rovers 0

Lucas Leiva targets Wembley appearance for Liverpool

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva insists the lure of a Wembley final is all the motivation required as they head to Chelsea for a Carling Cup quarter-final tonight.

Arsène Wenger takes training ahead of tonight's vital match with Borussia Dortmund

Arsene Wenger warns Manchester City ahead of Carling Cup clash

Arsene Wenger has warned Manchester City their biggest tests are yet to come as Arsenal look to knock the Barclays Premier League leaders out of the Carling Cup tonight.

The Welsh football manager Gary Speed, who was found dead on Sunday

Cardiff looking to raise spirits of Wales

Cardiff will pay tribute to Gary Speed tonight with midfielder Don Cowie hoping the Bluebirds can lift the spirits of a sporting nation when they face Blackburn in the quarter-finals of the Carling Cup.

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