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Howson Impresses As Leeds Cause Major Cup Upset

Leeds United Youngster Jonny Howson provided the ammunition for Jermaine Beckford to give League One leaders Leeds a famous FA Cup victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford Yesterday.

The youngster who has come through the Apprenticeship scheme at the club put in an excellent display on the right hand side of the Leeds midfield, as the Whites caused the biggest upset of The Third Round of The FA Cup.

The young midfielder paved the way for a famous Leeds victory when, after 19 minutes, his superb lofted pass exposed an out of position Wes Brown to put Beckford clear.

Despite a poor first touch, the striker regained his composure and was able to slide the ball past a hesitant Tomas Kuszczak in the Man United goal.

It could have been worse for the Premier League Champions, moments later the impressive Howson combined with Jason Crowe to carve out a chance for Luciano Becchio but the striker headed wide with the goal at his mercy.

Man United tried in vain to grab an equaliser but Crowe cleared well from Wayne Rooney and Rooney and Wellbeck both missed wide with curling efforts before the break.

The game continued in the same vein after the break, with Man United pressing but struggling to create clear cut chances and Casper Ankergren proving a reliable last line of defence when the home side did get a sight of goal.

He saved brilliantly from Welbeck but with the Rooney & Dimitar Berbatov axis stuttering the hosts rarely threatened until the final half hour.

By then, Antonio Valencia and Ryan Giggs were off the bench – soon to be joined by Michael Owen – and at last Man United looked dangerous, only to be thwarted by some dreadful finishing.

Owen miscued with the goal gaping after Valencia teed him up, Rooney missed two glorious opportunities to equalise.

Leeds could and should have taken advantage of some gung ho defending from Man United but Beckford fired wide after being put clean through and substitute Robert Snodgrass smashed a rasping free-kick against the bar.

There was still time for a couple of goal-mouth scrambles as Man Utd pressed forward but in the end one goal was enough to send Leeds through to round four – their first victory at Old Trafford since 1981 – Youngster Howson hadn’t even been born then!

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