Alex Ferguson did not start Wayne Rooney in the Carling Cup final at Wembley today against Aston Villa. But his plan to rest his superstar worked perfectly as his replacement Michael Owen scored a first half equalizer and then Rooney himself won it for Manchester United with a second half header after coming on as a substitute. James Milner opened the scoring for Aston Villa with his fifth minute penalty, but that was all Villa could muster, falling in the end 2-1. Rooney’s header again came from a perfect cross from Antonio Valencia, a combination that has been arguably the most devastating in England since Christmas. And now United go yet another year with at least one of the four major trophies on their mantle. This is their second straight and third League Cup in five years. For Villa another year passes without a trophy.


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