Michael Owen marked his first action of the season with a brace as Manchester United sauntered into the Carling Cup fourth round at the expense of Leeds.

The visitors, despite sporting 11 changes to the side that beat Chelsea at the weekend, were excellent.

Owen opened the scoring with a scuffed shot after good work by Dimitar Berbatov before lashing in a second.

Ryan Giggs made it 3-0 with a fine run and shot before half-time and that was enough to secure their progress.

It continues Manchester United's remarkable start to the season, the result at Elland Road making it seven victories and a draw from their eight matches so far this campaign, including the Community Shield.

And the nature of the win was all the more impressive given Sir Alex Ferguson reshuffled his entire team - not that the changes affected their rhythm at all.

A makeshift defence marshalled by Michael Carrick and young debutant Ezekiel Fryers was assured, a midfield flanked by Federico Macheda and Mame Biram Diouf full of running and an attack led by Owen and Berbatov a constant threat.

The outcome might have been different had Leeds converted a fine chance early on, when Berbatov cleared off the line twice in quick succession - first from Tom Lees's header from a corner and then from Ross McCormack's follow-up.

But as it was that was the closest Leeds came to causing an upset.

Owen was their tormentor-in-chief, scuffing a left-foot shot home to open the scoring from Park Ji-sung's pass after Berbatov's sublime through-ball and then drilling a beauty into the top corner from just inside the area to make it 2-0.

DID YOU KNOW?

Michael Owen has now scored 18 goals in 19 League Cup starts for Liverpool, Newcastle and Man Utd.

Regarded by some as a nuisance, the Carling Cup must rank as one of Owen's favourite competitions - that brace representing his fifth and sixth goals in six Carling Cup games under Ferguson.

Leeds continued to battle gamely - with Adam Clayton particularly impressive in midfield for the hosts.

The boys in red always looked likely to cause problems, however, and Giggs continued the "valuable veterans" theme before half-time with an excellent goal, surging in from the left, nutmegging Robert Snodgrass and firing a rising finish past home keeper Andy Lonergan.

As a result the second half was far less competitive than the first, with Manchester United happy to sit on their lead and Leeds less keen to mix it up with Friday's league encounter against Brighton surely weighing heavily on their minds.

Owen remained a threat, chipping narrowly wide just before the hour mark and then having a goalbound shot from substitute Danny Welbeck's cross deflected wide.

However, the latter stages of the match were more memorable for the debuts given to Paul Pogba and Larnell Cole, and the centre-half pairing that finished the match for the visitors - Carrick paired with Berbatov after Fryers' exit through injury left them with 10 men for the final 10 minutes.

It was a move that only served to underline Manchester United's comfort level in a match which had its sting drawn almost entirely in the first half, the reigning Premier League champions cruising into the fourth round and Leeds left to concentrate on their promotion push.

The black spot of the night, however, was the chanting by Manchester United fans of songs referencing the night in Istanbul when two Leeds fans were killed in violent scenes - with reports also suggesting chants from Leeds supporters focused on the 1958 Munich air disaster in which seven Manchester United players died - chants that did neither the fans nor their clubs any credit whatsoever.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Leeds United

  • 01 Lonergan
  • 22 Lees
  • 26 Bromby
  • 28 White
  • 48 O'Dea Booked
  • 14 Howson
  • 15 Clayton
  • 10 Becchio (Forssell - 52' )
  • 23 Snodgrass Booked
  • 38 Keogh (Vayrynen - 52' )
  • 44 McCormack (Nunez - 66' )

Substitutes

  • 12 Rachubka
  • 05 O'Brien
  • 31 Taylor
  • 07 Vayrynen
  • 08 Brown
  • 20 Nunez
  • 18 Forssell

Manchester United

  • 40 Amos
  • 20 F Da Silva Booked
  • 51 Fryers
  • 11 Giggs (Pogba - 46' )
  • 13 Park Ji-sung
  • 16 Carrick
  • 25 Valencia
  • 07 Owen
  • 09 Berbatov
  • 27 Macheda (Cole - 77' )
  • 32 Diouf Booked (Welbeck - 70' )

Substitutes

  • 01 De Gea
  • 35 Brown
  • 38 Keane
  • 39 Thorpe
  • 42 Pogba
  • 52 Cole
  • 19 Welbeck
Ref: Jones
Att: 31,031

Match Stats

Shots

9 10

On target

4 6

Corners

3 7

Fouls

16 13

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +2:04 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +1:31

Effort from inside the area by Ramon Nunez misses to the left of the target.

90:00 +0:53

Free kick awarded for a foul by Tom Lees on Fabio Da Silva. Ben Amos takes the free kick.

90:00 +0:23

Tom Lees produces a cross, clearance by Michael Carrick.

89:51

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ji-Sung Park by Adam Clayton. Ji-Sung Park restarts play with the free kick.

88:34

Inswinging corner taken by Ramon Nunez from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Antonio Valencia.

88:06

Paul Pogba gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adam Clayton. Leigh Bromby takes the direct free kick.

86:25

Ramon Nunez sends in a cross, Michael Carrick makes a clearance.

83:38

Mikael Forssell is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Ben Amos.

79:49

Shot from just outside the box by Adam Clayton goes over the bar.

76:54 Substitution

Substitution Federico Macheda leaves the field to be replaced by Larnell Cole.

75:54

The ball is swung over by Paul Pogba, save made by Andy Lonergan.

75:37

Paul Pogba takes a shot. Leigh Bromby gets a block in.

75:01

Outswinging corner taken by Antonio Valencia.

73:43

The assistant referee flags for offside against Mika Vayrynen. Michael Carrick takes the direct free kick.

72:43

Dimitar Berbatov fouled by Tom Lees, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Fabio Da Silva.

71:42

Free kick awarded for a foul by Danny Welbeck on Mikael Forssell. Darren O'Dea takes the direct free kick.

69:29

Adam Clayton takes the direct free kick.

69:29 Substitution

Substitution Danny Welbeck is brought on as a substitute for Mame Diouf.

69:29

Robert Snodgrass fouled by Federico Macheda, the ref awards a free kick.

68:43

Mame Diouf takes a shot. Blocked by Darren O'Dea.

67:44

Ramon Nunez challenges Mame Diouf unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Michael Carrick.

66:58

The ball is delivered by Robert Snodgrass, save made by Ben Amos.

65:05

Free kick taken by Michael Carrick.

65:05 Substitution

Substitution Ramon Nunez is brought on as a substitute for Ross McCormack.

65:05

The assistant referee signals for offside against Mikael Forssell.

63:10

Shot from just outside the box by Paul Pogba goes over the bar.

62:36

The assistant referee signals for offside against Leigh Bromby. Free kick taken by Ben Amos.

60:09

Federico Macheda is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Andy Lonergan.

56:09

The ball is delivered by Tom Lees, save by Ben Amos.

55:12

Michael Owen has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.

53:30

Paul Pogba concedes a free kick for a foul on Ross McCormack. Andy Lonergan takes the direct free kick.

51:53

Mikael Forssell concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Pogba. Michael Carrick takes the free kick.

51:20 Substitution

Substitution Mika Vayrynen on for Andrew Keogh.

51:20 Substitution

Substitution (Leeds) makes a substitution, with Mikael Forssell coming on for Luciano Becchio.

51:11

Paul Pogba has shot on goal from a long way out that goes wide left.

49:19

Fabio Da Silva takes a shot. Blocked by Leigh Bromby.

48:17

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ross McCormack by Antonio Valencia. Darren O'Dea restarts play with the free kick.

47:26

Paul Pogba takes the free kick.

47:26 Booking

Booking Darren O'Dea goes into the book.

47:14

Michael Owen fouled by Darren O'Dea, the ref awards a free kick.

45:53

Paul Pogba challenges Ross McCormack unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ross McCormack restarts play with the free kick.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Paul Pogba on for Ryan Giggs.

45:00 +2:04 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

45:00 +0:54

The assist for the goal came from Ji-Sung Park.

45:00 +0:54 Goal scored

Goal! - Ryan Giggs - Leeds 0 - 3 Man Utd Ryan Giggs fires in a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Leeds 0-3 Man Utd.

45:00 +0:12

Short corner taken by Ryan Giggs from the left by-line.

43:58

Corner taken short by Ryan Giggs.

43:50

The ball is crossed by Antonio Valencia, Andy Lonergan gets a block in.

41:11

Header by Luciano Becchio from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

38:20

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mame Diouf on Darren O'Dea. Free kick taken by Darren O'Dea.

37:53

Andrew Keogh challenges Mame Diouf unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Antonio Valencia.

37:01

Direct free kick taken by Ryan Giggs.

37:01 Booking

Booking Robert Snodgrass is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

36:56

Ji-Sung Park fouled by Robert Snodgrass, the ref awards a free kick.

35:36

Antonio Valencia has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide left of the goal.

31:45

Assist on the goal came from Mame Diouf.

31:45 Goal scored

Goal! - Michael Owen - Leeds 0 - 2 Man Utd Goal scored by Michael Owen from just inside the area to the top left corner of the goal. Leeds 0-2 Man Utd.

31:07

Short corner taken by Ryan Giggs.

30:07

Unfair challenge on Dimitar Berbatov by Darren O'Dea results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Michael Carrick.

29:02

Michael Owen produces a cross, save made by Andy Lonergan.

28:24

Dimitar Berbatov fouled by Leigh Bromby, the ref awards a free kick. Ryan Giggs restarts play with the free kick.

27:52

Robert Snodgrass produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal.

26:16

Direct free kick taken by Aidan White. The official flags Robert Snodgrass offside. Indirect free kick taken by Ben Amos.

26:16 Booking

Booking Mame Diouf receives a yellow card.

26:08

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mame Diouf on Aidan White.

25:46

Free kick awarded for a foul by Fabio Da Silva on Robert Snodgrass. Tom Lees restarts play with the free kick.

25:05

Unfair challenge on Fabio Da Silva by Luciano Becchio results in a free kick. Fabio Da Silva takes the direct free kick.

24:41

Ji-Sung Park challenges Adam Clayton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Darren O'Dea takes the direct free kick.

23:43

Andy Lonergan restarts play with the free kick.

23:43 Booking

Booking Fabio Da Silva is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

23:40

Leigh Bromby fouled by Fabio Da Silva, the ref awards a free kick.

22:08

Robert Snodgrass takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Adam Clayton takes a shot. Ji-Sung Park gets a block in.

20:36

Adam Clayton takes a shot. Ben Amos makes a save.

17:55

Ryan Giggs gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Aidan White. Ross McCormack crosses the ball in from the free kick.

16:42

Leigh Bromby gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ji-Sung Park. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Giggs.

15:25

Centre by Antonio Valencia, clearance by Leigh Bromby.

14:02

Assist on the goal came from Ji-Sung Park.

14:02 Goal scored

Goal! - Michael Owen - Leeds 0 - 1 Man Utd Michael Owen grabs a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Leeds 0-1 Man Utd.

12:33

Andrew Keogh gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mame Diouf. Antonio Valencia restarts play with the free kick.

12:26

A cross is delivered by Robert Snodgrass, Fabio Da Silva manages to make a clearance.

10:31

Free kick awarded for a foul by Adam Clayton on Mame Diouf. Direct free kick taken by Mame Diouf.

8:43

Luciano Becchio challenges Ezekiel Fryers unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Ezekiel Fryers.

6:34

Short corner taken by Antonio Valencia from the right by-line.

5:46

Corner from right by-line taken by Ryan Giggs.

5:31

Federico Macheda takes a short corner.

5:03

Ross McCormack takes a shot. Dimitar Berbatov gets a block in.

4:09

Inswinging corner taken by Robert Snodgrass from the right by-line, Tom Lees takes a shot. Dimitar Berbatov gets a block in.

3:57

Unfair challenge on Andrew Keogh by Fabio Da Silva results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Andrew Keogh.

2:29

Fabio Da Silva handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Tom Lees restarts play with the free kick.

2:01

Ross McCormack has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide right of the target.

0:36

Luciano Becchio gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ezekiel Fryers. Free kick taken by Michael Carrick.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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