Manchester United FC are through to the fourth round of the FA Cup after a 1-0 home win against ten-man Liverpool FC, while Tottenham Hotspur FC made light work of Charlton Athletic FC.
Manchester United FC are through to the fourth round of the FA Cup after a 1-0 home win against ten-man Liverpool FC, and there was joy too for Tottenham Hotspur FC as they completed a more comfortable 3-0 victory against Charlton Athletic FC.
Liverpool's trip to Old Trafford marked the return of manager Kenny Dalglish as a replacement for the departed Roy Hodgson in the away dugout, but the Scot's second tenure at the club got off to the worst possible start when his side conceded a penalty with less than a minute played. Daniel Agger's foul on Dimitar Berbatov earned Ryan Giggs the opportunity to put the hosts head, which he gratefully accepted.
The visitors' problems were compounded on 32 minutes when Steven Gerrard was shown a straight red card for a foul on Michael Carrick, though they were relieved to see Jonny Evans' header on the stroke of half-time come back off a post and Berbatov blaze over ten minutes after the interval. Despite their one-man advantage, United were unable to extend their lead and were indebted to Tomasz Kuszczak for palming away Fábio Aurélio's curling free-kick.
Elsewhere, Tottenham eased their way into the fourth round with a comfortable win against Charlton, who held off their London rivals for 49 minutes until Andros Townsend gave the hosts the lead on his debut for Harry Redknapp's side. Two further strikes in quick succession from Jermain Defoe (58, 60) put paid to any notion of a cup shock at White Hart Lane.