Crystal Palace knocks Manchester United out of League Cup 2011

Published Thursday, December 1, 2011 6:25 AM by Roberto Garcia

Crystal Palace pulled off the shocker Wednesday as they send powerful Manchester United out of the Carling Cup in overtime.   The underdogs won the quarterfinal matchup when Glenn Murray scoring in the eighth minute of overtime to give the second-tier club a 2-1 victory and its first win at Old Trafford since 1989.

Former Premier League midfielder Darren Ambrose put Palace ahead in the 65th minute when he scored on a 35-yard free kick. United, fielding a mostly second-string lineup, tied the score four minutes later on Federico Machesde'a penalty kick.

Glenn Murray then headed Ambrose's free kick past goalkeeper Ben Amos to earn Palace a semifinal matchup against fellow League Championship club Cardiff.  Liverpool and Manchester City will meet in the other semifinal.

Crystal Palace had 10 losses and three draws against United since a 3-0 home league win in May 1991. Palace had been winless at Old Trafford since December 1989, losing eight and drawing two.

"We've had a quiet period in the season but we came here in a confident mood and the spirit is fantastic," Ambrose said. "We've got a great team spirit, it's a lot different from last year: we can beat anyone, and we showed that tonight.