2006 Football League Cup Final

2006 Football League Cup Final
Event 2005–06 Football League Cup
Date 26 February 2006
Venue Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Man of the Match Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)[1]
Referee Alan Wiley (Staffordshire)
Attendance 66,866
Weather Mostly cloudy
6 °C (43 °F)[2]

The 2006 Football League Cup Final was played between Manchester United and Wigan Athletic on 26 February 2006. Manchester United won the match comfortably, by four goals to nil. Louis Saha and Cristiano Ronaldo both scored one goal, and Wayne Rooney scored twice. For the trophy presentation, the Manchester United players wore special shirts reading "For You Smudge", referring to Alan Smith, who had broken his left leg during a recent FA Cup match against Liverpool.[3] Wigan goalkeeper Mike Pollitt picked up a hamstring injury after just 14 minutes, cutting short a dream cup final for the journeyman player, who started his career with the Red Devils.

Road to Cardiff

Manchester United
Round 3[4]Manchester United4–1Barnet
Round 4Manchester United3–1West Bromwich Albion
Round 5Birmingham City1–3Manchester United
Semi-final (1st leg)Blackburn Rovers1–1Manchester United
Semi-final (2nd leg)Manchester United2–1Blackburn Rovers
 (Man Utd won 3–2 on aggregate)

Round 2[4]Wigan Athletic1–0Bournemouth
Round 3Wigan Athletic3–0Watford
Round 4Wigan Athletic1–0Newcastle United
Round 5Wigan Athletic2–0Bolton Wanderers
Semi-final (1st leg)Wigan Athletic1–0Arsenal
Semi-final (2nd leg)Arsenal2–1Wigan Athletic
 (2–2 on aggregate. Wigan Athletic won on away goals)

Match details

26 February 2006
Manchester United 4–0 Wigan Athletic
Rooney  33', 61'
Saha  55'
Ronaldo  59'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 66,866
Referee: Alan Wiley (Staffordshire)
Manchester United
Wigan Athletic
GK 19Netherlands Edwin van der Sar
RB 2 England Gary Neville (c)
CB 6 England Wes Brown  83'
CB 5 England Rio Ferdinand
LB 27France Mikaël Silvestre  83'
RM 7 Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo  60'  73'
CM 22Republic of Ireland John O'Shea
CM 11Wales Ryan Giggs
LM 13South Korea Park Ji-Sung
SS 8 England Wayne Rooney
CF 9 France Louis Saha
GK 1 United States Tim Howard
DF 3 France Patrice Evra  83'
DF 15Serbia and Montenegro Nemanja Vidić  83'
MF 23England Kieran Richardson  73'
FW 10Netherlands Ruud van Nistelrooy
Scotland Sir Alex Ferguson
GK 12England Mike Pollitt  14'
RB 2 France Pascal Chimbonda
CB 16Netherlands Arjan de Zeeuw (c)  45'
CB 6 Switzerland Stéphane Henchoz  62'
LB 26England Leighton Baines
RM 21England Jimmy Bullard
CM 11Republic of Ireland Graham Kavanagh  72'
CM 19Austria Paul Scharner
LM 20Scotland Gary Teale
CF 7 Senegal Henri Camara
CF 30Grenada Jason Roberts
GK 1 Australia John Filan  14'
DF 4 England Matt Jackson
MF 8 Sweden Andreas Johansson
MF 23Switzerland Reto Ziegler  72'
FW 10Scotland Lee McCulloch  62'
England Paul Jewell

Match officials

Man of the match

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Penalty shootout if scores still level.
  • Five named substitutes.
  • Maximum of three substitutions.


United Wigan
Total shots 14 16
Shots on target 9 7
Ball possession 46% 54%
Corner kicks 1 5
Fouls committed 11 13
Offsides 3 2
Yellow cards 1 1
Red cards 0 0

Source: ESPN[5]


  1. 1 2 "Alan Hardaker Trophy Winners". The Football League. 26 February 2012. Retrieved 8 May 2012.
  2. "Weather History for Cardiff-Wales, United Kingdom - Weather Underground". wunderground.com. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  3. "Carling Cup final clockwatch". BBC. 26 February 2006. Retrieved 16 August 2014.
  4. 1 2 Clubs in the Premier League receive a bye to the second and clubs in European competitions received a bye to the third round
  5. "Manchester United; Carling Cup Winners 2006". ESPNsoccernet. ESPN Inc. 26 February 2006. Retrieved 6 May 2012.

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