Manchester United (0) 1, Chelsea 1 (2)
(Chelsea win 2-1 on aggerate)

It’ll be Chelsea and Liverpool meeting in Cardiff next month for that gaudiest of minor trophies, the Carling Cup. What might’ve been an easy passport to Europe for Alex Ferguson’s United is instead, his first loss in 19 consecutive semi-finals, and his fifth defeat in a row at the hands of Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.

Former Metro Stars keeper Tim Howard will not receive more much coverage from US TV newsmagazines after being caught flat-footed on Damien Duff’s decisive free kick.

Tomorrow morning’s edition of the Scotsman is reporting that Liverpool striker Florent Sinama-Pongolle might be out for the season following an ACL tear.