Manchester United clinched the Carling Cup thanks to a winner from Wayne Rooney. Sir Alex decided to rest the in form England man but he was called upon when Michael Owen was taken off shortly before half time.
Nemanja Vidic conceded a penalty early on which James Milner calmly slotted home to give the Villa Park side the lead however Michael Owen leveled matters soon afterwards with a finish from just inside the penalty area.
Wayne Rooney then settled matters with 15 minutes left to go headed past Brad Friedel after good work from Dimitar Berbatov and Luis Antonio Valencia.
Aston Villa 1-0 Manchester United (Milner)
Aston Villa 1-1 Manchester United (Owen)
Aston Villa 1-2 Manchester United (Rooney)